A new year beckons

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The project to restore Campbeltown’s cinema has featured in the last two end of year Courier editorials.

The picture house, which re-opened last week, is proving popular and garnering column inches beyond Kintyre.

Last week, the Argyll and Bute MP, Brendan O’Hara, a former Bafta nominated television producer, praised Campbeltown Community Business Ltd’s project.

He said every film fan, round the world, should visit to see what can be achieved with a grand vision.

Kintyre suffered upheaval in 2017 not least losing more than 50 jobs at CS Wind. It was good news in last week’s Courier that the company will begin exporting offshore towers early in January.

Sadly, unless the current campaign is successful, it looks like one of the town’s four banks, RBS, will bow out in 2018.

Kintyre is also to be abandoned by Visit Scotland in 2019 and the tourist office will probably close at the end of next season.

This is strange timing when the Seasports project and a small gin distillery, Beinn an Tuirc, are promoting Kintyre round the globe.