From our files, June 23 2017

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Highland’s bicentennial

The Highland Parish Church, Campbeltown, is celebrating 200 years of worship and witness in the present building at the top of New Quay Street.

Some bicentennial events have already taken place, and others are planned.

On Saturday June 9 members and friends of ‘the Highland’ made a pilgrimage to the beautiful Isle of Iona.

For some it was the first visit to this historic site, often referred to – along with Whithorn – as ‘The Cradle’ of Christianity in Scotland.

The congregation at the bicentennial service, with the moderator, the Rt Rev Sheilagh Kesting, centre, second row. c25files01no



Together again

A nostalgic reunion of World War II rescue tugmen held in Campbeltown last weekend attracted ex-servicemen from all over the country.

About 100 guests attended a reunion dinner at the Royal Hotel, Campbeltown, which was followed on Sunday by a church service and a gathering at the town’s memorial.

There was a lot of catching up to do as the tugmen, who were based in Campbeltown during the war, have spent 47 years away from the town and had many old tales to tell.



Sheepmen active

An association of hill sheep farmers has been formed in south Argyll, the aim of which is to improve the marketing of store lambs.

The action taken by this association is along the lines of the NFU sponsored MacEwan Report on the marketing of store stock.

The association and Speedie Brothers (Dalmally Market) have both received assistance in this project from the Agricultural Market Development Executive Committee (AMDEC).

It is understood to be the first venture of its kind in Britain.

The association, West-Weighed Quality Stores, came into being during the winter of 1966/1967. It developed from a meeting of black-faced sheep breeders held in Campbeltown last July. At the meeting an action group was formed.



Successful performances at Carradale

On the evenings of Friday and Saturday, June 15 and 16, performances of the patriotic operetta entitled “The Birth of the Union Jack” were given in the Mission Hall, Carradale, by pupils of Carradale School, who had been trained to the acting of their various parts by Mrs Robertson, one of their teachers.

The idea of the operetta is as follows: In the first part Britannia calls her Court together to consider designs for a flag that will jointly represent the three nations of England, Scotland and Ireland, instead of their having three separate ensigns.

St Andrew of Scotland, St Patrick of Ireland and St George of England enter the conference, and a flag (the Union Jack) is decided on.

The second part of the operetta is staged at the close of the nineteenth century, when Britannia calls for a report of the progress made in the past century.