From our files, July 21, 2017

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Friday July 20, 2007

Kintyre’s posties keep up the picket pressure

Kintyre posties have once again joined in days of action as part of their union’s campaign to defend postal services.

The Communication Workers Union (CWU) picketed the Campbeltown sorting office on Friday morning.

It is part of their national campaign to stop Royal Mail’s cost-cutting business plan. This will lead, the union believes to cuts in the postal service, increased stamp prices, fewer collections and more post office closures.

‘Royal Mail has been starved of investment for decades,’ said a spokesman, ‘and now faces unfair competition from private operators.’

The union is calling for a government review of the damage caused to the Royal Mail to date, in line with the Labour party’s manifesto and a change to competition rules. More days of action are planned.

From left: Jamie Girvan, David Adams, Russell McLafferty, John Brodie and Charles Robertson. 20_c28files01

25 years ago

Friday July 24, 1992

Lifeboat rescue

Rough seas and thick fog forced two yachts to radio Campbeltown lifeboat for help last week.

The search-and-rescue operation began on Thursday night, when the yacht Tourelle pilot reported she was in thick fog somewhere between the south coast of Arran and Kintyre.

The yacht, with a crew of three, had sailed from Northern Ireland, and was in difficulty after the radar broke down.

Before the lifeboat arrived on the scene, the fishing boat Defiance III located the troubled yacht and escorted her back to Campbeltown.

Meanwhile a second yacht Talinode, with four people on board, was in danger near rocks, south east of Sanda island. Campbeltown lifeboat located the yacht.

£1.7 million Co-op extension

Campbeltown’s Co-op which is seven years old has alsmost completed a £1.7m extension.

The work which has been in progress for three months is described as: ‘A further commitment to the people of the area.’

50 years ago

Friday July 27 1967

First new fishing boat since 1955

There has been a great deal of talk in recent years about fishing being in the doldrums, but one Campbeltown man, Mr Edward Lafferty, demonstrated his faith in the future when his brand new boat arrived in Campbeltown Loch on Thursday.

Named the Kirsteen Anne, the 40-foot vessel has been designed to carry out any type of fishing and is equipped with all the latest gear.

She is powered by a 112hp six-cylinder diesel engine – unique in such a small boat – and has a comfortable fo’csle with accommodation for a crew of four.

Among navigational aids are a White Line echo sounder and the most modern radio set in use on fishing boats.

Above the engine are sprinklers which can direct water into the heart of a fire using a pump situated behind the wheelhouse. The boat was built by Dickie’s of Tarbert before the company was wound up.

100 years ago

Saturday July 21 1917

To our Fallen Heroes – Memorial cup at Barbreck’s Well

A touching tribute to the memory and gallantry of our heroes, who have nobly laid down their lives on sea and land, in the present war, has been made by the placing of a memorial cup at Barbreck’s Well – the favourite drinking well at the foot of Bengullion’s slope, near Kilkerran Farm.

The cup is a large one of galvanised iron with a chain attached, which in turn has been attached to the stone above the well.

There seems to be a slight element of mystery regarding, the useful, appropriate, and commemorative gift,  which has been placed at the well quietly and unostentaciously by, it is stated, some of the Glasgow visitors; but there is no dubiety as to the kindliness of feeling and genuineness of heart which have prompted the gift.

This is borne out by the inscription, which reads as follows: ‘In memory of Campbeltown’s brave sons who made the supreme sacrifice for King and homeland.’