NON-FOOTBALL STORIES 1943
While looking through old documents, it is almost inevitable that the reader's attention will be drawn from the intended target to other articles. The reports below were found in old Scotsman newspapers. Although they have no football content, they may be of interest.
ARDROSSAN HARBOURMASTER RETIRES
Captain Frederick Stark, who has been harbourmaster at Ardrosssan since 1922, has retired. He is succeeded by Captain John Brock who was assistant harbourmaster. Captain Stark is a native of Leith where his grandfather was formerly harbourmaster.
The Scotsman, 7 January 1943
Scots types so shrewdly observed and entreatingly described by Barrie in What Every Woman Knows should, in the production that comes to Edinburgh next week, be in safe hands with, in one case a Saint Andrews son of the manse and in another, a brother of the Member of Parliament who is Private Parliamentary Secretary to Mr Johnston (presumably Thomas Johnston who was Secretary of State for Scotland at that time). The first of the actors referred to is Mr Norman MacOwen and the other Mr James Woodburn and both have, in various notable ways, impressed themselves on dramatic art and interest. Mr MacOwen, besides having played many Scots parts, is the author of The Eternal Shoeblack which created widespread interest when it was staged just after the last war and he has now written a play based upon a RLS (perhaps Robert Louis Stevenson) story. Mr Woodburn, who began his working life as a printer’s devil on the Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, founded the company of players who through the medium of the theatre, gave these two Ayrshire towns a considerable repute on both sides of the Atlantic. The Ardrossan and Saltcoats Players, after winning the Belasco Cup with their performance of The Old Lady Shows Her Medals, went over and showed their qualities to the Americans at first hand. Miss Barbara Mullen, who leads in the current production of What Every Woman Knows, has a Scots connection also as a sister-in-law of John Grierson, the noted documentary film producer and it may be added that Mrs Woodburn, who is a member of Edinburgh Town Council, is a sister-in-law of the actor named earlier in this note.
The Scotsman, 25 February 1943
At Kilmarnock Sheriff court yesterday, the Glenfoot Hotel Company Limited, carrying on business at Ingledene, 14 South Crescent, Ardrossan, pleaded guilty to a charge that, between 27 October and 31 December 1942, at their expense the alteration, repair and decoration of the house, Ingledene, 14 South Crescent, Ardrossan, was executed to the value of £378 6s 2d without there being in force in respect thereof, a licence granted by the Ministry of Works and Buildings. Sheriff Garrett imposed a fine of £25.
The Scotsman, 24 July 1943
PROPOSED CURFEW FOR CHILDREN
The Scottish Home Department has rejected an application by Ardrossan Town Council for the introduction of a curfew with the object of prohibiting children under fourteen years of age form being on the streets unaccompanied by an adult after 9pm during the winter months. The Home Department referred to a previous decision arrived at after consultation with the Ministry of Home Security and said it was stated then that one of the difficulties was regarding the enforcing of penalties against parents who might be engaged on essential war work. They were, however, in favour of a voluntary system. Ardrossan Town Council is dissatisfied with the reply and is considering sending a deputation to the Home Department on the matter.
The Scotsman, 17 November 1943