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TEN YEARS AGO
FRIDAY MAY 25, 2007
Forum looks to the future
Kintyre Cultural Forum has launched its latest newsletter thanks to new funding from the Awards for All Fund, and support from the Rotary Club.
It is the first in 18 months and will be published at intervals during the coming year. Other projects planned by the forum include a cultural seminar later this year.

TWENTY-FIVE YEARS AGO
FRIDAY MAY 29, 1992
The island that ran dry
The organisers of the Jura Fell Race have been branded irresponsible by council officials only days after the island ran dry during the recent Fell Race.

The island’s water supply was threatened when more than 300 visitors arrived for the annual race last Saturday. Toilets wouldn’t flush and more than 160 mud-splattered runners needed showers. Water had to be brought in from a local distillery and the neighbouring island of Islay to cope with the increased demand.

A spokesman for Strathclyde Regional Council (SRC) water department said it was up to the organisers to notify the council of the event, giving the number of people involved.

But Mr Willie Tait, manager of Invergordon Distillery, sponsors of the event, slammed SRC and said: ‘What a ridiculous statement to make. What is the poll tax for? Where else in the country notifies the authorities when an upsurge of visitors is expected?’

Mr Tait said that the event, which is currently celebrating its 10th anniversary, has always been held on the same bank holiday Saturday and SRC have never been advised in the past, yet managed to improve the water situation.

FIFTY YEARS AGO
THURSDAY JUNE 1, 1967
Distillery director comes out on top – in wine exam
Mr H. G. Wright, a director of Springbank Distillery and Eaglesome Ltd, the Campbeltown wine and spirit merchants, was recently awarded the Diploma of the Oenological Research Laboratory.

The is one of the two highest awards available, after examination, to the wine trade in Britain. This year only 10 candidates in both Britain and Europe reached the stage of taking the examination.

The full list of successful candidates has not yet been officially published but it is already known that Mr Wright was placed first among those that were successful.

Not broken, thank goodness
There was a quick response by Dr. C. C. MacKenzie on Friday, when a footballer was injured at Kinloch Green.

Dalriada Thistle forward John Mullen was chasing the ball into the Caledonia Athletic penalty area when he was brought down heavily by a defender.

A sizeable lump appeared at once on his leg and it was feared that a bone was broken.

Dr MacKenzie was telephoned and at once arranged for transport to take Mullen to hospital.

Within a few minutes, the doctor, an ambulance and a police van with two officers and a stretcher were all at the park – to find Mullen on his feet.

The lump – evidently muscular – had disappeared as quickly as it arose.

ONE HUNDRED YEARS AGO
SATURDAY MAY 26, 1917
Farmer killed on Southend road
A distressing accident occurred on the Southend road on Wednesday afternoon, where by Mr William McKendrick, the respected tenant of North Carrine Farm, lost his life.

Mr McKendrick had driven up to the town on the morning of Wednesday, which was the Whitsunday Fair Day, and was on his way home when the regrettable affair occurred.

It seems that, accompanied by a boy, he had accomplished about six miles of his journey, when the horse shied at the steam road roller and the workmen’s van, which were standing on the road.

The frightened animal bolted, and the wheel coming in violent contact with the bank, the dogcart was upset and Mr McKendrick was thrown between the roller and the van.

The horse was brought up by a workman after it had run about one hundred yards, dragging the upturned dogcart along the road.
Mr McKendrick was rendered unconscious by his heavy fall.

He showed apparent signs of life for about 10 minutes, and then passed away, so that on the doctor’s arrival he could only pronounce life extinct.