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1973: The financial effects of last year’s six-week-long knitwear strike seem to have had little effect on the holiday plans of employees and there is every sign that as the Trades Fortnight begins, local holidaymkers will have more than ever to spend on their two-week break.

1983: The annual Trades fortnight’s vacation gets under way this weekend with all the signs showing good weather ahead. Local banks report business as “pretty hectic” in the rush to withdraw holiday cash.

1993: The town’s popular annual Summer Festival celebrates its 10th anniversary this year with an action packed programme from August 13-29. Special events include a three-day flower festival at St Cuthbert’s Church, a gran parade along High Street and an anniversary ball in Drumlanrig School.

2003: Travel agents in the town are reporting a boom period as Teries pack their bags and enjoy the annual holiday exodus. Many factories in the town are closed for the traditional trades holidays with no corner of the glober left unexplored. America has emerged as the top choice for travellers with New York, Las Vegas, Florida and San Francisco all proving popular.