WE TAKE a look at the stories making headlines in East Lothian 25, 50 and 100 years ago.

25 years ago

PUPILS at Law Primary School in North Berwick left their own mark on history, reported the East Lothian Courier on November 28, 1997.

A piece of life today was buried for tomorrow in the foundations of Law Primary School’s new extension yesterday (Thursday).

A ‘time capsule’ containing everyday objects and photos was prepared by pupils of the school so that if, in the future, it is discovered, the finders will know a bit about life in the school in 1997.

The idea of gathering information and making a time capsule came from Terry Mann, site agent for the building company in charge of the primary school extensions.

A suggestion sheet was sent round all the classes asking pupils what they thought it should contain and then a team of primary sevens collected the ideas.

The final list of suggested objects included writing equipment, a school sweatshirt, photos which showed the school uniform, samples of written and art work from each class, a textbook, coins and a map and plan of the school.

50 years ago

THE pigeon fancier of the year was making headlines in the East Lothian Courier on December 1, 1972.

It was an evening ‘strictly for the birds’ at the Tranmare Hotel, Tranent, on Saturday when many people applauded one of the most successful pigeon fanciers in Britain.

In fact, one of the awards presented to 50-year-old Mr Edwin Newcombe of Whiteloch Farm, Macmerry, at the hotel was a trophy making him “British Fancier of the Year” from the writers of ‘Pigeon Racing News and Gazette.’

He was also awarded a trophy from Tranent Homing Society for outstanding performances in 1972.

Mr Newcombe, who flies pigeons under the name Newcombe Brothers, has won numerous trophies over the years, ever since he first took an interest in pigeons at nine years of age on his grandfather’s farm in Longstone, Edinburgh.

He was fascinated with the birds flying in and out of the hay loft.

100 years ago

THERE was a “large attendance” at a film event in Prestonpans warning of the dangers of venereal diseases, reported The Haddingtonshire Courier on December 1, 1922.

Under the auspices of the East Lothian County Branch Council for Combating Venereal Diseases, an exhibition of films, showing in drama form how the diseases affect the individual, the home, and the nation, was given in the Picture House, here, on Tuesday night.

There was a large attendance.