From our files, July 14, 2017

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TEN YEARS AGO

Friday July 13, 2007

We’re off to the big school

The older children at Campbeltown Nursery received their ‘graduation’ certificates before they left.

When the summer holidays are over they will be primary one pupils.

The nursery’s morning pupils with their certificates. c28files01no

TWENTY-FIVE YEARS AGO

Friday July 17, 1992

Bottle warning

Argyll and Clyde Health Board has issued a warning to people who get milk delivered in the morning to discard any magpie-pecked bottles.

A rise in the number of cases of campylobacteriosis, an infection causing acute vomiting, diarrhoea, fever and abdominal pain has been linked to magpies.

The board has had 56 reported cases of the infection in the last six weeks, compared to just eight cases in the same period last year. Dr David Sloan, consultant in public health medicine, is concerned at the number of cases, which ‘can be so bad that appendicitis is sometimes suspected.’

He advises everyone to discard bottles whose tops have been pierced. Throwing away the top bit of the milk and using the rest is said to be no protection.

FIFTY YEARS AGO

Thursday July 20, 1967

Hector retires at 89

‘I’ve had a lovely life,’ said veteran professional golfer Hector Thomson at Machrihanish on Thursday.

Hector, who has recently retired from full-time golf coaching, is looking forward to his 90th birthday on September 1.

He is believed to have been the oldest practising professional in the world.

As he stood on his front lawn with one of his home-made golf clubs, the tall, upright figure of Hector Thomson, who has played professional golf for 41 years, gazed over Machrihanish Links – his life-long club.

‘It has never been as prosperous as it is now,’ he said.

Asked if it was usual for professional golfers to make their own clubs, Hector replied: ‘Very few pros do that nowadays.’

He went on to tell a reporter that he was very keen on football as a youngster before taking up caddying.

Though he never entered the really big competitions, Hector earned himself a good reputation among golfers far and near.

With him on the front lawn at his Machrihanish home, Swallowholme, was his grandson Peter, who, at the age of 14 and a half, has a handicap of only 18.

Hector likes his Machrihanish home so much that he hasn’t been away on holiday for 10 years.

Asked if he had any special tips for retaining one’s youth, the man who doesn’t look a minute over 60 quipped: ‘The first thing you do is lead a clean life.’

ONE HUNDRED YEARS AGO

Saturday July 14, 1917

Happy celebration at Glenbreckerie

Argyll’s Highlands include many a stretch of country to be described as ‘of the glens, the bens, and the brave.’ And on Thursday last, July 5, one of the many ‘brave’ who hail from its ‘glens and bens,’ Second Lieutenant John Galbraith, of the A. and S. H., son of Mr Hector Galbraith, Polliwilline, was united in marriage with Miss Margaret Hardie, fourth daughter of the late Rev. Andrew McLaren Young, Southend, and of Mrs Young, now of the school house, Glenbreckerie.

As befitted a time when restriction is the order of the day even as to the most legitimate festivities of social life, the wedding was celebrated in the quietest fashion, at Glenbreckerie itself, only immediate relatives being present, the Rev. D. G. Train, of Southend, performing the ceremony.

But although the wedding was quiet, it was truly glad, and the young couple, setting out on their life’s journey on the stillest of summer evenings, motored from the quiet glen, with only the loving ‘goodbyes’ of their nearest to disturb the stillness.