Schoolmates dig deep for Billy

Billy Irving and Yvonne MacHughHe may be stuck thousands of miles away in India but Billy Irving remains firmly in the thoughts and hearts of former schoolpals in Campbeltown.

They sent that message to him loud and clear with a concert for him last Saturday night – a follow-up to similar fundraising last year – and raised more than £3,500.

Read more about it in the Campbeltown Courier, January 30 2015, also online from the same date.

Campbeltown Brass welcomes back one of its own

Fergus KerrCampbeltown Brass welcomed back one of its former band members Fergus Kerr on Sunday.

Now a professional musician and French horn player, his task was to adjudicate the band’s solo and ensemble competition.

For the full report, resukts and photos from the event, see the Campbeltown Courier, January 30 2015, also online from the same date.

Bequest sees £1m given to Campbeltown causes

CampbeltownPupils at Kintyre park

Campbeltown Pupils at Kintyre Park, which benefited from the fund

£1 MILLION of a bequest has been shared among numerous groups and organisations in Campbeltown in the past year.

The windfall has proved a vital lifeline for some and a wonderful, unexpected boost for others.

It has also left the firm of solicitors disbursing the money feeling like a ‘secret millionaire’.

Read the full story and see which organisations have benefited in the Campbeltown Courier, January 23 2105, also available online.

Pressure continues for Campbeltown flood prevention plan

John Street CampbeltownSouth Kintyre councillor Donald Kelly is keeping up the pressure for a Campbeltown flood prevention plan in the wake of November’s flood damage.

Houses and businesses in the town’s Saddell Street, John Street, Lochend Street and Longrow were hit by up to three feet of flooding.

For the full story see the Campbeltown Courier, January 9 2015, also online at

Sports hall athletics back up and running

Kintyre indoor athleticsYoung athletes can look forward to more indoor athletics this spring with the return of the sports hall athletics series.

Kintyre’s competition on March 8 at Campbeltown Grammar School will be one of four local area events in Argyll, promoted by Mid Argyll Athletic Club.

For more information see the Campbeltown Courier, January 19 2015, also online here.


£1million improvements at Campbeltown marina

Campbeltown MarinaA £1 million project to transform Campbeltown’s marina is to start early in the new year.

GSS Marine Services, from Rosneath, has been appointed to deliver the vital infrastructure improvements by summer.

Berthing and on-shore improvement work should make the marina a more attractive sailing destination – boosting the local economy by an estimated £300,000 a year.

For full details see the Campbeltown Courier edition of January 2 2015 (out December 31 2014) also online at

Kintyre farmer wins council by-election

John Armour KintyreBorn and bred Kintyre man John Armour has been elected as the newest recruit to Argyll and Bute Council following a by-election.

Claiming more than 62 per cent of the vote, farmer and father-of-two John Armour, 53, from Drumlemble vowed to support the people in his ward to make their lives better.

Read more from Mr Armour in the Campbeltown Courier, December 19 2014, also online at

Dalintober pier moves towards community ownership

dalintober beach and pierDalintober pier is set to become a community asset – but it is ‘highly unlikely’ that funds will be allocated to the community if the structure is transferred.

Dalintober Pier Restoration Group has asked Mid Argyll, Kintyre and Islay (MAKI) area committee to transfer the Argyll and Bute Council asset on Campbeltown Loch to the group.

The group has asked for £35,000 to re-establish the pier.

For the full story see the Cambeltown Courier, December 12 2014, Also available online at


Lightning storms over Campbeltown – video

machrihanish weather bombLightning struck at least twice in Campbeltown on Wednesday December 10 as this amazing camerawork from Raymond Hosie shows.

With his recording equipment slowed down dramatically, the amateur photographer captured the incredible images seen below of the lightning storm that lit up the skies around the town and remained for several hours – all from the safety of his house at New Parliament Place.

The two images show lightning strikes near High Street during the day and at the Aqualibrium and Kinloch Green area of the town in the evening.

Gusts of 50-60mph and powerful waves battered Machrihanish over 36 hours. The Marine Environmental Research Laboratory in the village was without power for several hours and relied on emergency generators.

For more news from the Kintyre area see the Campbeltown Courier, December 12 2014,  also online at



Arrests as police target drug dealers

Police ScotlandArrests have been made in Campbeltown has part of a week-long operation to target drug dealers.

Police warned this week that the operation would continue in the run up to Christmas and involve the launch of a shop-a-dealer campaign.

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