Star fades as support dwindles for junior football

The school in Back Street, Dalkeith
The school in Back Street, Dalkeith

At the beginning of December, the unthinkable happened – Nitten Star closed down because of a lack of support, writes Alan Mason (Dalkeith History Society).

This was an incredible fact, considering the 2000 folk who had turned up to watch the Dalkeith Thistle game in August.

The same fate had befallen Arniston Rangers two years before, due to the Depression and general lack of money. Nitten Star re-formed in late 1935 and were back in the League in 1936.

Midlothian Education Committee presented its annual report. They looked after 66 schools and the average number of pupils on the registers was 15,333. However, it should be remembered that Musselburgh and the Calders area were then still part of Midlothian. Poverty was still a problem; whilst no free school meals were provided during the year, 404 pupils had to be provided with footwear and clothing was given to 284 pupils.

Dr Clark, the Medical Officer for Health, also produced his report. He stated that there had been epidemics of measles, mumps and chickenpox throughout the county and that rickets and TB were still prevalent. The state of children’s teeth was also a worry and parents were advised to avoid giving them biscuits and sweets at bedtime. Instead, “They should be encouraged to masticate a small piece of apple or orange.” Teachers had also been persuaded to give the children demonstrations on how to brush their teeth.

Dalkeith was getting into the Christmas spirit. On December 6 the Pavilion Picture House and the Picture Palace advertised “Special Free Gifts” – “Every Lady who Visits on Friday Evening will be Presented with a Free Gift of OUTDOOR GIRL’S FACE POWDER”.

On the same day, Lawson’s, 10-14 High Street, said: “Don’t leave the purchase of your Christmas gifts to the last minute. We have the goods now, so come early. The Little Folk must come first”.