From our files, June 30 2017

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TEN YEARS AGO

Friday June 29, 2007

College honours for Campbeltown

College students in Campbeltown celebrated their achievements on Thursday when they held their prize-giving ceremony at the Argyll Hotel.

Anne Gallagher, chairwoman of the Campbeltown Rotary Club, presented the certificates to the Argyll College students and after the ceremony tea and coffee were served.

Glittering prizes for glamorous students, just some of the students after the prize-giving. c26files01no

TWENTY-FIVE YEARS AGO

Friday July 3, 1992

Have you spotted a lion?

Campbeltown police have asked people to look out for two lions that have gone missing in the area!

The lions – both made of stone, and valued at around £2,000 – were stolen from Killean Estate.

The large ornamental figures were around two or three hundredweight each, and were more than 100 years old.

Bowling first for town

For the first time ever, a bowler from Campbeltown has been selected for the National team.

Johnny McLean, 24, of Argyll Bowling Club, was ‘totally stunned’ by the great news. He will line up with the other Scottish under-25s on July 18, when the opposition will be the England under-25s.

He has been a member of the club for around 10 years, and won the Club Championship at his first attempt when he was 18. Johnny has since won it three times.

The new Scottish recruit has also been a regular on the Argyll and Bute County team for the last three years, as well as being the winner of countless competitions.

FIFTY YEARS AGO

Thursday July 6, 1967

Challenging changes at Grammar School

The trend of education is away from the training of an elite and towards the masses.

So said Mr Hector L MacKenzie, rector of Campbeltown Grammar School, on Thursday.

Mr MacKenzie told his audience at the school’s annual prize-giving in Victoria Hall.

‘You can see evidence of this trend already, with the introduction of the ‘O’ Grade Certificate which is aimed at a much greater percentage of the relevant age group than the old Lower of the Leaving Certificate.

‘The process is being carried on by the common course which we are introducing into the school next session.

‘The common course means that there will be absolutely no grading of pupils as they enter the Grammar School and that each pupil will therefore take a modern language – not Gaelic, unfortunately, as there is no provision for this in the Grammar School, but there is not reason at all why not, provided sufficient numbers opt for Gaelic – and no pupil will take Latin.

‘There will be, however, a course in classical studies, which will aim at giving first year pupils a background knowledge of ancient Greece and Rome without which, I contend, no person is properly educated, as the civilisation that we as Europeans enjoy is to a great extent based on Greek and Roman influences.’

ONE HUNDRED YEARS AGO

Saturday June 30, 1917

Golden wedding

Their many friends in Campbeltown and district will be pleased to learn that Mr and Mrs Jas. Dick celebrated their golden wedding on June 7 at their residence, 47 Kelvinhaugh Street, Glasgow.

Mr Dick, it will be remembered, was for more than 25 years engaged in mission work in Campbeltown – first under the YMCA auspices, and latterly as Parish Missionary.

Owing to a serious breakdown in health, he was forced to retire about two years ago.

On that occasion Mr Dick was the recipient of a handsome cheque as a token of esteem and appreciation from those among whom he had laboured so long and faithfully, and with so much acceptance.

Shortly after his retirement from active duties, Mr Dick removed from Campbeltown to his present address in Glasgow, where his health has benefited by the period of rest and leisure.