From our files, November 24 2017

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TEN YEARS AGO

Friday November 23, 2007

Pupils fill charity boxes

As part of their personal social development and environmental studies topic, primary four and five pupils from Dalintober Primary School have been filling boxes to send away to the Blythswood Christmas Shoe Box Appeal 2007.

The children filled 43 Christmas boxes for young boys and girls and families with help from their teachers and classroom assistants as well as parent Mrs Blackstock. NO_c47files01

TWENTY-FIVE YEARS AGO

Friday November 27, 1992

Mountain of free meat

A mountain of EC meat will be available in Campbeltown, free of charge, on December 5.

The tinned meat can be obtained from the Salvation Army hall in Burnside Street between 11am-3pm.

Those eligible are the homeless and destitute, people in receipt of income support, people in receipt of family credit and people in receipt of disability working allowance.

Heartbreak of a stolen Xmas

A Glenbarr mother has hit out at a heartless thief who used a stolen bankcard to empty her account of Christmas savings.

Sheila Paterson, 43, of 7 Glenbarr Cottages, has been left virtually penniless – denying her the chance to treat her four children and two young grandchildren to festive period presents.

However, she hopes the culprit will read this appeal, and return the stolen money – which amounts to £100.

She was keen to stress that she does not want revenge on the thief, and would not involve the police if the money was returned to her.

FIFTY YEARS AGO

Thursday November 30, 1967

‘Complete breakdown’ of transport system

Councillor Alexander Mactaggart, chairman of Islay District Council and a member of Argyll County Council, sent telegrams on Friday to the Secretary of State for Scotland, Mr William Ross, and Argyll’s MP, Mr Michael Noble, requesting urgent investigation of what he described as a ‘complete breakdown’ in Islay’s sea and air services.

The island was without sea and air links with the mainland on Thursday. The MacBrayne steamer Lochiel was laid up at Tarbert with engine trouble and the daily aircraft between Glasgow and Port Ellen failed to arrive.

On Friday night the steamer Lochnevis arrived direct from Greenock at Port Ellen and sailed later for Oban. At about the same time an aircraft arrived from Glasgow, hours after its sheduled time.

The people of the island were ‘up in arms’ about the matter, said Councillor Mactaggart, and on Thursday had almost run out of bread.

ONE HUNDRED YEARS AGO

Saturday November 24, 1917

Presentation to Mr Jas. Gray

A very interesting ceremony took place on Saturday night in the Royal Hotel, when the employees of the Campbeltown Coal Company met to honour Mr Jas. Gray, cashier.

Mr Malcolm Thomson, Drumlemble, presided.

The chairman, in his opening remarks, referred to Mr Gray’s long and honourable career in the service of the company, and spoke of the esteem in which he was held, both by employers and workmen.

But it needed more than words to express their appreciation of Mr Gray’s service, and it was with this aim in view that they were assembled there that evening.

On behalf of the committee, Mr Thomson thanked Mr Wm Watson, colliery manager, for his indefatigable and energetic work in connection with the testimonial which had been subscribed to with the greatest cordiality and goodwill.

Continuing, he spoke further in complimentary terms of Mr Gray, recalling the long time he had had the pleasure of knowing their worthy cashier, and alluding to Mr Gray’s many acts of unobtrusive kindness and to his cheerful, obliging disposition, which had made him esteemed and respected by all.

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