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Archive: 2000 Articles

Cleared of Murder
JUST HOURS after the Court of Appeal in Belfast cleared him of murder, Glasgow man Iain Gordon visited the 'Free Press' office in Stranraer... 28 December 2000

New Family Room at Park School
PARK SCHOOL in Stranraer is delighted to welcome its new toy library to the new family room ... 28 December 2000

Lochryan Freight Increase
FREIGHT TRAFFIC through the Lochryan ports has more than doubled in the last ten years ... 21 December 2000

Xmas Peace Appeal
KINDHEARTED KIDS at Park Primary School in Stranraer have appealed for peace in the world instead of a visit from Santa ... 21 December 2000

Health Complex for Stranraer
STRANRAER’S £6.3 million health complex is a step nearer its completion date of March 2004 ... 14 December 2000

Yoga at the Academy
YOGA may soon be used to tackle teacher and pupil stress in Stranraer Academy ... 14 December 2000

P&O Boost to Cairnryan
P&O HAVE delivered another massive boost to their Cairnryan to Larne route ... 07 December 2000

Feline Intuition
FELINE INTUITION led a Stranraer kitten with a broken tail into the Garrick Hospital’s X-Ray department ... 07 December 2000

Dramatic Rescue in Stranraer
TWO HEROIC POLICEMEN saved the life of a 19-year-old girl at the weekend, following a dramatic rescue from a burning flat in Stranraer ... 30 November 2000

SMART Learning
READING AND sums have become the SMART thing to do at Belmont School, Stranraer ... 30 November 2000

Xmas Programme Announced
CHRISTMAS in Stranraer will be full of fun ... 22 November 2000

A Dunragit First
DUNRAGIT machinist Rosemarie Allan has become the first person in Britain to gain a new vocational qualification
... 22 November 2000

Xmas Comes Early...
A BRAVE STRANRAER woman gave her husband an early Christmas present this year — one of her kidneys
... 15 November 2000

Children in Need
STRANRAER Academy’s annual fundraising event for Children In Need will take a different format this year ... 15 November 2000

Galscot Factory Takeover
STRANRAER businessman Alex Sloan is planning to take over the former Galscot factory .... 08 November 2000

School Daze!
SCHOOLDAYS are now school daze for confused teachers at Belmont Primary School, who have to cope with four sets of twins in the one nursery class.... 08 November 2000

Princess Diana's Dress in Stranraer
ONE OF Princess Diana's dresses will be on display in Stranraer on Friday night....
01 November 2000

Man Cleared of Murder
A STRANRAER lawyer's six-year battle to clear a man of a murder charge has been won.
...01 November 2000

Bomb Alert in Stranraer
PARTS OF STRANRAER were sealed off by police on Tuesday afternoon, after workmen found what they thought was an unexploded bomb ....26 October 2000

Stranraer lit up this Xmas
STRANRAER should be all lit up this Christmas.
...19 October 2000

Patients starring on TV
PATIENTS at the Garrick Hospital could find themselves taking a starring role in a medical TV series.
...19 October 2000

Hydrotherapy Pool
MOVES TO enable disabled people to use the hydrotherapy pool at Stranraer Academy are continuing.
...13 October 2000

Massive Boost for Xmas-Lights
CAMPAIGN to raise cash for Christmas lights in Stranraer has received a massive boost.
...13 October 2000

New Piano for Stranraer Academy
STRANRAER Academy music department now has a new digital piano.
...04 October 2000

Brighter Shop Windows for Xmas
STRANRAER and District Chamber of Commerce are encouraging members to produce brighter shop windows this Christmas.
...04 October 2000

Plans for Stranraer's Christmas lights
STRANRAER and District Chamber of Commerce are backing plans for Christmas lights for the town....29 September 2000

Local Web Site for Young People
STRANRAER Academy pupils have discovered the Natural Place to Surf with a new web site set to be launched on Monday....29 September 2000

Stranraer praised by Minister Frank McAveety
BELMONT and Ochtrelure in Stranraer has been praised by Local Government Minister Frank McAveety following his visit on Friday....21 September 2000

New Sports Complex in 2 Years
AMBITIOUS PLANS to build a community and sports complex in Belmont and Ochtrelure in Stranraer have been given a timescale of two years....21 September 2000

Record Numbers for Stranraer Bowling Club
A RECORD entry of 176 pairs will compete in the second Stranraer Bowling Club tournament to be played this month....14 September 2000

Fuel Supply Crisis
FUEL SUPPLIES in the Stranraer area have been thrown into crisis this week after motorists swamped petrol stations....14 September 2000

Millenium Trust Drives Sports Complex Project Forward
AN EXCITING sports complex costing over £3 million is being lined up for the Belmont and Ochtrelure area of Stranraer ....07 September 2000

Exam Success for Academy Students
STUDENTS AT Stranraer Academy have achieved an all-time high in exam success at standard grade ....07 September 2000

Investment to improve waste water system
WEST OF SCOTLAND WATER are about to embark on major investment to improve Stranraer's waste water system and treatment facilities.....31 August 2000

Mains Gas introduced to Ochtrelure and Belmont areas
MAINS GAS is to begin to be introduced to the Ochtrelure and Belmont areas of Stranraer within two months.....31 August 2000

Bowling Invasion - Local B&Bs Wanted!
HUNDREDS of bowlers and their partners will invade Stranraer next month to play in the two-day Grand Four-Bowl Open Pairs tournament..... 24 August 2000

Flood hits Stranraer
DAMAGE RUNNING into thousands of pounds was caused by a massive thunderstorm in Stranraer on Wednesday afternoon..... 24 August 2000

Actor Jonny Smith joins filming of BBC Scotland's drama
STRANRAER young actor Jonny Smith has taken his first steps to stardom by joining the filming of BBC Scotland's new drama .... 17 August 2000

Butcher Alex Jack passes new hygiene tests
STRANRAER butcher Alex Jack is the first in Dumfries and Galloway and maybe the first in Scotland to pass stringent new hygiene tests .... 17 August 2000

Queen Mother's 100th birthday
It was hats off or in this case on to the Queen Mother on Friday as Coronation Day Centre in Stranraer celebrated her 100th birthday
.... 10 August 2000

Cash injection for local road safety
Pleas for a £1.8 million cash injection to boost local transport and road safety in Stranraer have been made to the Scottish Executive .... 10 August 2000

Plans for Health Centre finalised
'PLANS for Stranraer's new integrated health centre are being finalised today (Thursday) .... 03 August 2000

Half of budget for Community Projects saved
WIGTOWNSHIRE is celebrating this week after securing almost half of a £223,000 budget for community projects .... 03 August 2000

Agnew Park winning on Sunday
STRANRAER'S Agnew Park came up with a winning combination on Sunday .... 27 July 2000

CASTLE GREEN to undergo £35,000 development
CASTLE GREEN in the centre of Stranraer is to undergo a £35,000 development - the first stage of work that will lead to a new amphitheatre .... 27 July 2000

150-bed Hotel with leisure facilities planned near Leswalt
A 150-BED, four star hotel, golfers' cottages and leisure facilities are planned for a complex near Leswalt .... 20 July 2000

Airdrop Paras onto Beach at Luce Bay
HIGH WINDS disrupted plans to airdrop paras onto the beach at Torrs Warren at Luce Bay .... 20 July 2000

Hotel, Chalet, Conference centre planned for Stranraer
PLANS ARE being drawn up for an hotel, chalet and conference centre on the outskirts of Stranraer... 12 July 2000

Stranraer Academy Recommended
MORE THAN four out of five people would recommend Stranraer Academy as a school, a survey has revealed .
... 06 July 2000

Heating Bills Slashed?
STRANRAER PEOPLE could find their heating bills slashed this winter .
... 28 June 2000

Portlogan Preparing for TV
PORTLOGAN is gearing up for an exciting summer having been confirmed as the backdrop for a new television drama.
... 28 June 2000

Portlogan on TV?
PORTLOGAN is firm favourite to become the backdrop for a new television series that could bring more than £3 million into the area ..... 21 June 2000

Memorial Thieves
SICK THIEVES have stolen a parents' memorial from the grave of a teenager .... 15 June 2000

A75 Policing
DUMFRIES and Galloway police have responded to claims that they adopt "Gestapo-like" tactics against users of the A75 Euro-route .... 15 June 2000

Call to Kosovo

Caption Alan awaits the phone call that will send him to Kosovo.... 07 June 2000

Fight Over Skin Cancer
WIGTOWNSHIRE residents are being urged to join the fight over growing concerns of skin cancer ..... 24 May 2000

Prince Charles Visits Stranraer
DELIGHTED Stranraer youngsters had a special treat on Friday - their own personal visit by Prince Charles.....
24 May 2000

Commando Memorial Presentation
Today (6 March 2000), Mr James Muirhead, from Portpatrick, presented a framed photograph of The Commando Memorial .....

Invitation to join the STI Ltd Board of Directors
The STI Steering Group is looking for enthusiastic individuals to join the Board.....

Web Site Attracts an International Audience
Over 3000 individual customers have visited the Stranraer, Portpatrick and Cairnryan website in the 3 months since its launch.....

The Natural Place to Shop!
STI plans to develop an online shopping mall for the area.....

Dick’s Hill Report Published
A community appraisal by interviewing residents.....

Song for the Millennium
A winner has been announced.....

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