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

25 years ago...

A BRIDE and groom were joined by ‘Truffle’ and ‘Cookie’ as they made their way down the aisle, reported the East Lothian Courier on September 11, 1998.

Two charity top dogs broke with tradition at their wedding when their pet pooches followed them down the aisle.

Lovable labradors Truffle and Cookie were guests of honour at the wedding of Haddington-born Professor Gordon McVie, director general of the Cancer Research Campaign, and his bride, Claudia Burke, the charity’s regional fundraising director.

The son of former Haddington town clerk and solicitor John McVie, Gordon went on to become one of the world’s top cancer experts.

Now he is often seen on television representing the Cancer Research Campaign.

The couple were married in Bristol and were so loath to leave their pets at home that they decided not only to invite them to the wedding but also to give them star billing.


50 years ago...

NUDISTS on Dunbar beaches were causing a stir in the East Lothian Courier on September 14, 1973.

There will be no “indecent exposure” at Dunbar beaches.

This was decided by Dunbar Town Council on Wednesday when they agreed that a letter from the Central Council for British Naturism should lie on the table.

The central council requested the town council to consider setting aside a stretch of beach for naturist activity.

But the council did not think there were any beaches within the burgh suitable for this purpose.


100 years ago...

A YOUNG hero was rewarded for his bravery in Cockenzie, told the Haddingtonshire Courier on September 14, 1923.

At the monthly meeting of Cockenzie Town Council, on Monday evening, when there was a large attendance, Provost Hew Inglis, in the name of the Carnegie Hero Fund Trustees, presented a silver watch, suitably inscribed, and £5 to a young miner, named George Johnston, eighteen years of age, residing at 79 High Street, Cockenzie, in recognition of his bravery on 23rd March, in saving the life of a young lady who was in danger of drowning in the sea.

Provost Inglis said that during his term of office he had been called upon to perform many duties, but none had given him greater pleasure than the present one.