From our files, September 8 2017

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Friday September 7, 2007

Poster winners for Michelle’s show

A poster competition for the Home-Start MAJIK project which will see Pop Idol’s Michelle McManus come to Campbeltown Grammar school, later this month, was won by two S6 pupils, Paul Smith and Daniel Galbraith.

A task set by principal teacher of business studies, Elaine McGeachy, got CGS pupils involved as well as those attending the playscheme during the school holidays.

This has resulted in the poster for ‘Let’s do the right thing here’ being created and will see Michelle and BBC Radio Scotland hosting a concert at the school on September 13. Some of the other posters will be displayed on the night.

The poster competition winners Paul Smith and Daniel  Galbraith with Jackie Fulton, Home-Start co-ordinator, committee member Margaret Sinclair, Joan Semple from Campbeltown Grammar school and Elaine McGeachy principal teacher of business studies. NO_c36files01


Friday September 11, 1992

‘Spy-Plane’ mystery at Machrihanish?

Was this the UFO that caused Dutch earth tremors?

Speculation surrounding the ‘Aurora’ spy-plane – reputedly using Machrihanish as a stop-off base, reached fever pitch this week, after earth tremors in Holland were blamed on the mystery jet, and a fast moving blip was picked up on radar heading towards Kintyre.

Dutch scientists investigating the sudden earth tremor, which jolted the norther coast of the Netherlands, believe that they may have been caused by the top-secret American spy-plane, as it shot towards the west coast at more than three times the speed of sound.

Their claims appear to be supported by the radar contact, which was reported by Oceanic air traffic control at Prestwick at about the same time. Shock waves rocked houses smashing crockery.

Dutch police reported that their switchboards were jammed by irate people fearing the activity was the sign of an earthquake.


Thursday September 14, 1967

Mixed conditions for sailor’s final fling

Campbeltown Sailing Club’s last three races of the season were held in conditions ranging from half gale to flat calm, which alternately favoured the keel boats and dinghies but nontheless encouraged a number of helmsmen to turn out for a final fling before the long winter puts an end to their activities on the water.

On August 30, Stella Phaea with a reefed mainsail and genoa survived the fierce westerley gusts to take the honours on corrected time from Kim II, a Thai Mark Four catamaran which revelled in the stormy conditions and tore round the course in a cloud of spray.

The only flying 15 to finish Robin McIchere’s Fflook did well to reach the moorings in one piece despite being half full of water.


Friday September 8, 1917

Unique prize awards at Grammar school

An award that is entirely unique in the history of Campbeltown Grammar school is announced in connection with last session’s work, the Kintyre Club gold medals for the best boy and girl pupils of the school having been won by a brother and sister Mr Kenneth Macqueen and Miss Mary Macqueen, Meadow Cottage. We heartily congratualate the winners on their distinguished success and on being able to form such a remarkable precedent in the annals of the school.

Rabbit trapper’s violent temper

A rabbit trapper from a country district pleaded guilty – before Sheriff Macmaster Campbell on Monday – to a charge of having on August 13, in his own house, assaulted his wife and son by striking them with a walking stick.

The Procurator Fiscal stated the accused had been in Campbeltown that day, and had evidently had some drink, but he was not by any means drunk.

He had had a disagreement with his wife about his tea, and aterwards struck her with the stick, while his son who was giving no provocation whatever, was also struck.