From our files, August 25, 2017

Left to right: Dorothy Maccormack, Sue Stansfield, Dr Malcolm Elder, Gail McIntosh and Jill Denton, some of the staff at Carradale Surgery. NO_c34files01

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TEN YEARS AGO

Friday August 24, 2007

Carradale Surgery gains QPA

A Kintyre general practice surgery is the first single-handed practice in Scotland to have achieved a Quality Practice Award (QPA).

The Carradale surgery was issued with version eight of the QPA by the Royal College of General Practitioners Scotland (RCGP Scotland) on June 21 after 18 months of preparation and gathering evidence.

TWENTY-FIVE YEARS AGO

Friday August 28, 1992

41 jobs axed

The future of Campbeltown Shipyard is hanging in the balance, after redundancy notices were issued to 41 employees – a move that could be ‘utterly devastating’ for the town.

The lay-offs began today (Friday) and will be phased over the period till November 13. However, a Union official claimed the decision will leave the shipyard with ‘no future at all.’

Managing Director Mr Leslie Howarth said: ‘This is a most regrettable step, but one which the company simply cannot avoid when the last vessel on our order book is nearing completion.

‘Obviously, if we can in the meantime secure an order for another vessel we shall be only too happy to rescind the redundancies.’

The redundancies will affect every department, and by mid-November the workforce will have been slashed to 25: a small number of staff who will continue to look for new orders, as well as some tradesmen for care and maintenance of the yard.

FIFTY YEARS AGO

Thursday August 31, 1967

Submariners honour the Harbour Master

Submarine enthusiasts had an unexpected treat on Tuesday evening when three vessels of the Clyde Submarine Squadron sailed into Campbeltown Loch.

They were Sea Lion, Porpoise and Token.

Object of the visit? To carry out a presentation to Campbeltown’s newly retired Harbour Master, Captain Hugh McShannon.

Making the presentation in the form of a stainless steel model submarine fixed on a brightly polished wooden plaque, was Captain D. G. Kent, Commander of the Clyde Submarine base at Faslane.

One of the submarine captains said later that it was very unusual to go to such lengths when a harbour master retired, but Captain McShannon was an individual who deserved the best because of the help he had given to submariners visiting Campbeltown.

ONE HUNDRED YEARS AGO

Saturday August 25, 1917

Kintyre ploughman’s long service

Mr Francis McGrath, who has completed 30 years’ service on the farm of Ranachan (Mrs Andrew’s), has recently received tangible recognition of his long and meritorious service in the form of the Highland and Agricultural Society’s silver medal, bearing the inscription: ’30 years’ service, Francis McGrath, 1917.’ The medal was accompanied by the certificate of the Society.

Mr McGrath’s faithful record of work over this extended period was brought to the notice of the Highland Society through the Kintyre Agricultural Society.

His many friends will congratulate him on completing such a lengthy term on the farm on which he is still employed and on being the recipient of the H. and A. S. long-service medal, and will wish him many years of continued health and strength to enjoy his well-merited decoration and to do his ‘bit’ in connection with the important industrial occupation which it is his lot to follow.

He occupies the position of ploughman on the farm.