From our files, August 18 2017

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TEN YEARS AGO

Friday August 17, 2007

Wild reading’s a hoot at the library

Children all over Britain have taken part in the Big Wild Read, but few will have been as lucky as the children in Kintyre.

The ninth national summer reading challenge – a massive reading promotion for four to 11-year-olds that has run in libraries throughout the summer holidays – saw children challenged to read six or more books.

In Kintyre, the wild readers were given a special treat; Rod Angus of the Scottish Owl Centre, in Campbeltown, took along one of his owls for the children to meet in the library at Aqualibrium.

For more than an hour the children sat spellbound while Rod told them about Dylan the barn owl and Oulu the great grey owl, seen here. NO_c33files01

TWENTY-FIVE YEARS AGO

Friday August 21, 1992

Cats cause a stink

Residents in John Street are up in arms over the health hazards cats are creating in the area.

They say cat urine is causing a serious risk of disease, not to mention a lingering, overpowering stench, which is too much to bear any longer.

The valiant efforts by Campbeltown’s Cat Rescue Service have not solved the problem.

One resident said: ‘We have reported this problem time and time again, but to no avail. The environmental health people say this isn’t their department.

‘The health risks posed by the urine and droppings is one thing, and the noise at all hours of the night is another. We can’t even leave prams at the bottom of the stairs, as the cats do the toilet in them.

‘A door on our close would solve the problem,’ she said, ‘but we have been told this is a fire hazard. We literally have to clean the stairs every day. Our clothes smell of these cats, they have kittens in the bin sheds, and they roam all over the place.’

FIFTY YEARS AGO

Thursday August 24, 1967

Carnival disappointment

What a beautiful day Saturday was for a carnival parade.

But alas, what a lamentable turnout!

Organiser Jack McKinven did his best, but was let down by last-minute withdrawals by several people who had promised their support.

It was a pity, too, that the pipe band was unable to turn out.

The most unfortunate thing is that the town had plenty of visitors – who will be telling their friends that that was the best Campbeltown could do.

It seems that everyone wants entertainment but few are prepared to help provide it.

The show was saved by the children, Messrs Cruden, the Rex Cinema, the Y.F.C. and a few who helped tremendously.

ONE HUNDRED YEARS AGO

Saturday August 18, 1917

Monster potatoes

This week there have been on exhibition in the shop window of Mr John MacGrory, Kintyre Nurseries, three monster potatoes which were taken from a shaw of six grown in a local garden.

The potatoes, which are of the Early Midlothian variety, weigh 4lbs, the largest of the three turning the scale at 25.5 ounces after being dug.

Great interest was shown in these remarkable specimens of garden growth, which were as fine as we have ever seen.

Early harvesting

Messrs Malcolm McDonald, Beachmenach, and John McLachlan, Gaigan, commenced the cutting of their barley crops on Monday last.

Harvest operations will be general in Kintyre during the next few days, although much of the heavier crops have been badly laid down by recent rains.