From our files, December 29 2017

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TEN YEARS AGO
Friday December 28, 2007
Christmas party fun at Victoria Hall

Santa Claus was kept on his toes in Kintyre as Christmas approached, paying various groups a flying visit and handing out presents to excited children.

The indoor football boys and girls was one of many groups to receive a visit during their Christmas party at the Victoria Hall.

Boys and girls from indoor football club in Victoria Hall. NO_c52files01

TWENTY-FIVE YEARS AGO
Friday January 1, 1993
It’s no picnic

Plans to dig up an important car park in order to plant trees and picnic tables have sparked off an angry response from a Clachan farmer.

Mr Tom Pollock of Ronachan Farm claims to have been pressured by Strathclyde Regional Council to agree to a project he describes as ‘a waste of public money’.

Mr Pollock said: ‘I have had pressure put on me in the form of two phone calls within an hour from the landscape architect and the roads department to get me to agree to the proposals to dig up the car park.’

He says he is strongly objecting to proposals from Strathclyde Regional Council’s roads department, and its consultant landscape architect, to modify the car park at Seal Viewpoint, Ronachan.

‘These plans would seriously reduce the area available for parking cars,’ said Mr Pollock.

‘In my opinion, that will make it more difficult for tourists and residents to enjoy the scenery and wild life, birds as well as seals, visible from this point.’

Mr Pollock says that the car park was built in the days of Argyll County Council.

Cars and bus tours stopping on the main road at that point were causing a traffic hazard, and so the roads department, at that time, wished to provide proper parking facilities for the public – Mr Pollock’s mother, a local representative on that council, donated the land for this purpose.

FIFTY YEARS AGO
Thursday December 28, 1967
Carradale teacher retires after 32 years

At the close of term pupils and staff met to bid farewell to Mrs A. Paterson who is retiring from Carradale Public School after 32 years’ service.

Mrs Paterson, a native of Kingussie, came to Carradale early in her career to take up an appointment in the village school.

She was a sound and capable teacher of the old type who believed implicitly in instilling the three Rs.

The new methods introduced as a result of the publication in 1965 of the memorandum replacing ‘The Primary School in Scotland’, have caused a great deal of re-organisation and Mrs Paterson, always with the best needs and interests of her pupils at heart, showed her versatility in changing over to the new trends in teaching.

Miss Mairi McDougall, a senior pupil, asked Mrs Paterson to accept a present of money in appreciation of her service to the pupils and wished her every happiness in her retirement.

ONE HUNDRED YEARS AGO
Saturday December 29, 1917
Poorhouse festival

Through the kindness of the members of the Parish Council, the inmates of the Poorhouse were entertained at their annual festival on Thursday evening of last week.

The gathering was, as usual, held in the chapel of the house, which was nicely decorated for the occasion.

A happy and contented-looking company of the inmates assembled, and enjoyed, with the visitors an excellent evening’s entertainment.

Bailie Campbell, chairman of the Poorhouse Committee, presided, and was supported by ex-Provost Mitchell, chairman of the Parish Council; ex-Bailie McQueen, Messrs S. Armour, J. T. Hegarty, and J. Gemmell, members of the council, and other friends.

After tea an interesting programme of speeches and of vocal and instrumental music was gone through.

The addresses were short and to the point, the various speakers wishing all the compliments of the season and remarking upon current events.

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