Sir:-- In your interesting sketch of the Alford Valley Railway in last week's paper, there occurs a mistake, which I should not have noticed were it not that, by my doing so, prejudice may be removed against myself and others to whom it alludes. I am willing to believe it was nothing but a mistake, and entirely acquit you of all desire to misrepresent. I have simply two remarks to make on the subject to which I have alluded.

On entering Kemnay Parish Church, the casual visitor is immediately struck by the beauty of the small sanctuary. The eye is immediately drawn to the vivid blues of the chancel window.

Up tae the Hoose tae see the Laird,
Invited wi yer 'Holders Caird,'
Salute the lads wha man the guns,
An frae auld France will swipe the 'Huns.'

WHAT a success the Spring Show was. Five thousand payers had plenty of room at the Thainstone Agricultural Centre. There was a fine show of livestock judged (among others) by John Jeffrey of Scotland, Kersknowe and the BBC. There was the usual show of enormous machines, none of which could get into any of the sheds at Little Ardo. The sun shone. Yes, Tuesday was a great day.

The meen wis oot, the stars were bricht
And true it wis a frosty nicht,
Fan Banjo and I set aff thegither,
Tae hae a news wi ane anither.

A History of the Immigrants Who Came Here

In the Years 1880-1899, Inclusive

By William Barclay

The following article is re-printed from "Chambers' Edinburgh Journal," 16th January, 1841:

Nowadays, the purchase of alcohol is a relatively simple operation with three outlets in the village providing an off sales facility.  But it was not always so.

The village grew quite rapidly from the 1860s onwards with properties being built along Station Road, Aquithie Road, High Street, Victoria Terrace, Paradise Road, St Bryde's Road, Kendal Road.  Most of the properties were built as tenements housing four families, some of the larger ones housed six families. Four large blocks of houses were built near the quarries to house the large number of incoming workers and these alone housed some 200 people.  These were demolished during the 1960s.  By the end of the 19th century the pace of development slowed until the late 1920s and during the 1930s, when much of the houses in Riverside Road were erected.  The mid 1930s also saw the advent of local authority housing with the houses along Paradise Road being erected in two phases.