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TEN YEARS AGO
Friday January 11, 2008
Black takes open class title

Lachie Black from Campbeltown recently won the championship for the adult open class of the Oban youth motocross club.

At the club’s annual prize-giving held in Oban just before Christmas, Lachie was also presented with the Kenny Graham Memorial Trophy for the highest scoring Kintyre rider of 2007.

TWENTY-FIVE YEARS AGO
Friday January 15, 1993
Keeper is cup hero as Pupils march on

Shotts 0 – Campbeltown Pupils 2

The Campbeltown Pupils reached the fifth round of the national cup for the second year running by defeating Shotts in a hard-fought cup tie that was not for the faint hearted.

The Lanarkshire opposition was unbeaten this season, and fielded four reinstatements from the junior ranks.

They were oozing confidence before the vital clash, but, in the end, had to concede defeat to the more skillful and determined side.

Neil McKay was the Pupils’ hero by pulling off a string of terrific saves in the second half, as Shotts tried in vain to save the game.

FIFTY YEARS AGO
Thursday January 11, 1968
Ever been had?

It was round, they said.

It had large spikes protruding from its ‘body’.

It has landed amid the mud and cement of Campbeltown’s Grammar School building site.

On the aforementioned information, a Courier reporter went hotfoot to the building site.

Some unidentified flying object had invaded Campbeltown.

Arriving at the general foreman’s office, our man was told that the ‘thing’ was lying behind some huts at the back of the site.

However, after a fruitless search of the area in a near snowstorm, the reporter made his way back to the general office.

‘You must be pulling a fast one,’ he said.

But he was assured the object was there and that a squad of electricians working at the school had discovered this ‘flying saucer’.

On his way back again, the reporter challenged an apprentice electrician and was told: ‘It rolled down that wee hill into the whin bushes’.

Off he went again, down into the gorse. After thoroughly convincing himself that the chances of the ‘thing’ lurking in the whins were equal to that of a snowball in hell, the battle-weary reporter trudged off once more to the now-familiar general office.

This time he was accompanied to the scene by the employee who had originally tipped him off about the discovery.

This time they went to Messrs Scott’s electricians’ hide-out.

The hut exploded with peals of laughter when the ‘sparks’ found out that their joke had gone so far.

Some wit among them had spread the word around the site that ‘it’ had landed.

ONE HUNDRED YEARS AGO
Saturday January 12, 1918
Young Campbeltown Pipers Successes

We are pleased to learn that Master Ronald McCallum, who is so well and favourably known locally as a bagpipe player, has competed at New Year events outside with a gratifying measure of success.

At a competition in the St. Vincent Masonic Hall, Overnewton, Glasgow, on January 1, he was awarded third prize for a two-part march, fourth for a Strathspey and reel; on January 3, in the Tannahill Hall, Paisley, he got third prize for Strathspey and reel; and on January 5, in the Bank Street Hall, Paisley, he was third for the amateur march and third for Strathspey and reel in the open piping event.

This is a most creditable record among such a large field of competitors, and Master McCallum, who is only 12 years of age, and the son of Mr Archd. McCallum, Millknowe Terrace, is to be highly complimented on his success.

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