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

25 years ago...

THE potential disbandment of a boys’ football team due to trouble on the pitch made headlines in the East Lothian Courier on November 13, 1998.

A move to disband an East Lothian under-15s football team after violence flared at a match last weekend was put to a crisis meeting of angry parents at Meadowmill Sports Centre on Wednesday night.

But a decision to scrap the Hawthorn Boys Club from Prestonpans was put on the back burner after parents said they were determined to fight on to clear their children’s names.

The team has faced criticism for rowdy play in the past but the parents insist that those involved in earlier incidents have now left – although the club is stigmatised by their actions.

Now officials of both clubs are anxiously waiting to hear if they will be called up before the under-15s governing body, the Edinburgh and District FA.

The club’s under-15s’ match against Tynecastle Boys Club had to be abandoned last weekend after violence flared on the pitch at Meadowmill.

50 years ago...

A ROCKET was on its way to a new museum being built in the county, reported the East Lothian Courier on November 16, 1973.

A 60ft-long British-made “Blue Streak” rocket arrived in East Lothian to be added to the new ‘Museum of Flight’ which is being developed by the Royal Scottish Museum at East Fortune airfield.

The “Blue Streak” arrived at the airfield on Tuesday night on a special articulated low-loader from the Spadeadam Rocket Establishment near Carlisle.

The rocket, built as a long-range ballistic missile, has been presented to the museum by the European Launcher Development Organisation.

It is the largest rocket to have been constructed outside America and Russia.

And 100 years ago...

A DUNBAR golfer was toasting success in South Africa, reported The Haddingtonshire Courier on November 16, 1923.

Remarkable success has been achieved by James Johnston, professional and clubmaker for Pretoria Golf Club, who is a son of Mr John Johnston, fisherman in Dunbar.

In the competition for the open professional championship of South Africa, he won the gold medal and premier honours at a tournament in Cape Town.

On the outbreak of war, Mr Johnston joined up, and served under General Smuts in German East Africa.

In 1916 he returned to his country, and was attached to the Navy in mine-sweeping till the termination of the war.