If you think the recent cold snap has been bad, it is as nothing compared to the scenes in Courier Country 35 years ago.
A campaign has been launched to remember the exiled Polish soldiers who were stationed in Cupar, Fife, during the Second World War – and the many who settled in the area afterwards. Michael Alexander reports.
St Andrews University has had a number of famous rectors over the years. Those who have held the post include playwright JM Barrie and Monty Python star John Cleese. In 1916 Sir Douglas Haig, commander of the British Army during the Battle of the Somme, was awarded the honour.
An argument in a Dunfermline fish and chip shop led to the death of a disabled musician. David McFarlane suffered stab wounds to the neck in the street brawl.
A soldier was jailed for a month after attacking a comrade with a razor. Neil McLauchlin needed 12 stitches in his arm after the attack. The Sheriff remarked that a more fitting sentence would be to sent John Ferger to the front.
Families dreaded hearing that their loved ones had been killed in battle. However one Fife family was given a surprise when they discovered that Private Charles Hepburn was in fact a prisoner of war.
The First World War produced many Victoria Cross winners, among them Dunfermline's John Erskine.
The most famous group of footballers to sign up are the Hearts players who joined McCrae’s Battalion. However across the country players from other teams also joined the ranks. On this day in 1916, The Courier reported the death of Dunfermline half-back (midfielder) David Izzat.