From our files, October 20 2017

Dalintober P7 pupils with Cathy Duncan, Eva MacDonald MBE, and Willie Durance.

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TEN YEARS AGO

Friday October 19, 2007

Pupils take pride in town

Take pride in your town was the catchphrase for boys and girls from Dalintober Primary School when they looked at Campbeltown’s Main Street recently.

Using a booklet devised as a partnership project between Kintyre Crime Prevention Panel, Campbeltown Community Council and Campbeltown Trading Association, the pupils developed the theme which was started last year when pupils were asked to write stories and draw pictures based on the ‘take pride in your town’ theme.

With the help of panel members Eva MacDonald, Cathy Duncan and vice chairman Willie Durance, the pupils spent time looking at buildings and shops in Main Street as well as parking, litter and chewing gum bins.

Dalintober P7 pupils with Cathy Duncan, Eva MacDonald MBE, and Willie Durance. c42files01

TWENTY-FIVE YEARS AGO

Friday October 23, 1992

Superloo sent tax demand

‘Resident’ in public toilet threatened with hefty fine

There is one Council Tax demand that almost certainly will not be paid – the one that was sent to the ‘resident’ of a toilet in Campbeltown!

The document arrived at the Superloo in Bolgam Street, much to the amazement of the attendant, Mr George Kelly.

Strathclyde Regional Council sent out the forms last week, announcing that anyone not returning the document within 21 days would be in line for a hefty fine.

Mr Kelly said: ‘I have heard of people taking their work home with them, but this is ridiculous. Obviously there is no actual resident in a toilet.

‘It’s certainly going to be interesting to see what happens when no-one actually replies to this demand – who are Strathclyde Regional Council going to force to pay these fines?’

‘You can imagine our amazement when we received the document. I don’t for one minute think it will go any further, but you never know,’ he added.

A spokesperson for Strathclyde Regional Council’s Finance Department was amazed when informed of the blunder.

‘I have absolutely no idea how this could have happened.

FIFTY YEARS AGO

Thursday October 26, 1967

‘I’ll be good’ Kelly back for big Cup-tie

One of the most controversial bans in local soccer ends today, when Tommy Kelly ‘gets his book back’.

He was suspended by Kintyre Amateur Football League Disciplinary Committee for six months after being accused of almost every footballing offence – swearing, fouling, dangerous play, threatening the referee and threatening a member of the disciplinary committee.

Kelly’s loss to his club, Pupils, came as a serious disappointment and it was only after several matches that they found their form again.

Writing to the Courier that same week, Kelly made a public protest against what he called the ‘harsh’ way he had been treated by the committee. He also denied striking the referee and threatening a committee member. Kelly ended his letter by saying that he objected to his case being heard at all without himself there to defend it.

ONE HUNDRED YEARS AGO

Saturday October 30, 1917

Fortunes from Loch Fyne Herring

As an instance of how the fisherman has benefited from the increased value of his catches, it is stated on the authority of a leading Glasgow trader that individuals engaged in the Loch Fyne fishing, where prices have gone to heights never before experienced, have cleared as much as £3000 this year, although the season is not yet over. Some of the younger men who have only a share in a boat are known to have reaped income up to £750. The abnormal value of the Loch Fyne herring has been created mainly by reason of the scarcity of white fish generally. But even at its present value the retail cost of herring is not considered as hear as the price of most other articles of food.