From our files, July 28 2017

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TEN YEARS AGO

Friday July 27 2007

Sergeant Reid retires to the high seas

Sergeant Dougie Reid has retired after 30 years in police service and is heading for the high seas.

He and his wife, a popular couple in local yachting circles, will set sail later this year. More than 50 colleagues attended Sergeant Reid’s retirement dinner and party at the Argyll hotel, Campbeltown.

Inspector David Lavery presented him with gifts of a suitably nautical nature on their behalf. These included a tidal watch and an underwater video camera. Sgt Reid has worked with both Northern and Strathclyde constabulary in a number of areas and served in CID and the drugs squad in Glasgow before moving to Campbeltown.

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25 YEARS AGO

Friday July 31 1992

Hero Walter cheats death – and makes it to the church on time

A Campbeltown man escaped serious injury when the van he was driving rolled over four times and burst into flames after a near-collision with a motorbike on the A82.

Walter Tavendale, 44, proprietor of Saddell Street stores, had put his own life at risk only moments before the white Suzuki van exploded, to rescue his cousin, Fergus Burrows, aged 48, of Manchester, who was still strapped in the van.

Mr Tavendale was driving to Glasgow with his cousin the day before his daughter Nicola’s wedding to collect a new suit.

He rounded a corner near Loch Lomond and pulled the van onto the grass verge to avoid a collision with the on-coming bike.

After the van rolled over Walter heard a woman’s voice shouting at him to get out and when he did he saw that a fire had started at the back of the van. He realised his cousin was trapped and crawled back in to help him out.

Moments later the petrol tank exploded and the van was destroyed. In spite of his aches, pains and scratches the father of the bride still fulfilled his duties the following day at the wedding.

50 YEARS AGO

Thursday August 3 1967

Carnival plans take shape

Highland games and a foot race from Tarbert are just two of the ideas put forward for Campbeltown pageant and carnival later this month.

The week will open with a procession on August 19.

Proceeds will go to the town’s swimming pool fund – but the success of the venture will depend on the number of townspeople participating actively.

Vehicles will be made available for decoration and the staging of tableaux – whether humorous, historical, political or for the purpose of advertising.

It is hoped that local industry and enterprise will be fully represented in the turnout.

Prizes are being given for the most artistic, topical and humorous ensembles depicted and also for top individual and group characters.

Plenty of volunteers in fancy dresses will be required as collectors at the procession, for the benefit of the swimming pool.

100 YEARS AGO

Saturday July 28 1917

Narrow escape from drowning

While bathing on the Askomil shore, beyond Trench Point, on Wednesday afternoon , Miss Jean Robertson, daughter of Mr David Robertson, fish salesman, Strathaird Place, had a narrow escape from drowning.

It seems she was endeavouring to swim when owing to her bathing cap coming off and hair getting about her face, she got into difficulties and floated beyond her depth.

The attention of Mr Archd. Revie, chemist, who was walking in the vicinity, was attracted, and he promptly entered the water and took Miss Robertson ashore.

The young lady was almost unconscious when Mr Revie took hold of her by the shoulder, and she swooned away on the beach.

She soon recovered however and we are glad to say is not the worse of her trying experience. But for Mr Revie’s prompitude she would in all probability have been drowned.