From our files, December 1 2017

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TEN YEARS AGO

Friday November 30, 2007

Dalintober primary aids charity and learns about fossil fuels

Primary six pupils from Dalintober Primary School have been busy raising money for charity and learning about fossil fuels.

The school children took part in the Jeans for Genes day on October 5, and raised £297.52 for genetic research.

Alan Shaw of D McNair and Son visited the class earlier in the week and gave them an interesting talk about fossil fuels.

The children outside D McNair and Son’s shop on Kinloch Road. NO_c48files01

TWENTY-FIVE YEARS AGO

Friday December 4, 1992

Mystery beast on the prowl

The hunt is on for a black panther-like creature rumoured to be prowling throughout Kintyre.

A number of people claim to have spotted the mysterious animal between Campbeltown and Southend.

Reported sightings have gained momentum in the last fortnight – this time near Southend, following earlier claims in Glenbarr and Largieside.

Owners of the Argyll Wildlife Park, Malcolm Moy, backed up the claims: ‘This sounds as though you may have a black leopard on your hands.

‘A few years ago, I believe new laws forced several people to dump these animals in Scotland to prevent the leopards from being put down.

‘They could certainly survive in the area, and the sightings remind me of similar cases in north Kintyre. A number of sheep were killed in an unexplained way, at the same time.’

While working for McFadyen’s out at Southend, Paul Grumoli of Campbeltown spotted the animal. ‘I noticed the black animal when a flock sheep scattered. There it was prowling alongside a fence.

‘It was about the size of a large dog – my first thought was that it was a puma. I even got a closer look through binoculars – and in 16 years of being a shepherd, I had never seen anything like it.’

Another Campbeltonian, who wished to remain anonymous, claimed to have come within 50 yards of the beast.

‘This thing was like nothing I have ever seen before,’ he said. ‘It moved in a flash – much faster than anything that should be in this area. What it was I just couldn’t say for sure.’

FIFTY YEARS AGO

Thursday December 7, 1967

Argylls pleased to be home

‘They can keep it.’

That, summed up in a nutshell, is a 26-years-old Jock’s opinion of Aden.

Like many other Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, Corporal Graham Thomson of 152 Ralston Road, Campbeltown, has returned home from the blinding heat and barrenness of trouble-torn Aden.

‘The one thing which annoys me most is the equipment that has been left behind,’ says Graham.

Millions of pounds worth of army buildings, vehicles, weapons and so on had to be left as there was no transport to get them back to the UK.

‘I myself set fire to two new land rovers just before we left,’ he went on.

Graham was wounded once by shrapnel from a terrorist grenade. Five of his mates were killed.

ONE HUNDRED YEARS AGO

Saturday December 1, 1917

Union Jack Club concert

The first of these popular concerts was held last Saturday evening, and, judging from the enthusiasm of the large audience present, with all the accompaniments of success.

Sheriff Macmaster Campbell, president of the club, opened the proceedings with an appropriate speech, whose encouraging and reassuring tone formed a fitting prelude to a very happy entertainment.

The large attendance, notwithstanding the storm and rain, testified that the good fare provided at the concerts held in the spring of the year had not been forgotten.