From our files, January 26 2018

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TEN YEARS AGO

Friday January 25, 2008

Community garden face-lift

Local businesses back ‘tidy’ project

Campbeltown Community Garden will be getting a face-lift thanks to support from local businesses.

But the team are looking for more help from businesses and farmers to try to get the garden ready for visitors by Easter time.

The gardens behind Auchinlee, have become rundown and unused, and people have expressed their disappointment when visiting it.

Over the past few months Councillor John Semple has been helping to look after the garden and been involved in the project for the last ten years.

He has seen it through many different stages but now Dave Pearson has decided to join him, and have agreed to get the garden back to the way it was before.

Representatives from businesses gathered in the gardens to see what had to be done. NO_c04files01_community_gardens_group_2008

TWENTY-FIVE YEARS AGO

Friday January 29, 1993

Explosives lorry in crash drama

A Royal Navy vehicle, transporting mines, was completely wrecked when it overturned on the A86 Glasgow road on Friday.

The Bedford lorry, believed to be travelling from RAF Machrihanish, Campbeltown to Rosyth Navy Base, Fife, went out of control on a bend near Minard, mounted a grass verge into a garden and overturned back onto the roadway.

Heavy traffic was restricted on the A86, which was blocked for 90 minutes.  The driver of the lorry was slightly injured and taken to the Mid Argyll Hospital. Heavy lifting gear was required to remove the damaged vehicle and cylinder shaped mines, which measured around 15ft in length and roads engineers were called in to remove heavy diesel and oil spillage.

A spokesman for Rosyth Navy base claimed there was no danger to the public as the mines were inert.

FIFTY YEARS AGO

Thursday January 25, 1968

Record white fish catches — but where are those herring?

Though local herring landings dropped considerably in 1967, a record was set up in white fish catches.

Trawlers brought in 28,000 cwts. of white fish to Campbeltown and Tarbert – valued at £102,000. In 1966 11,700 cwts. worth £44,000 were landed.

Prawn trawlers netted 13,000 cwts valued at £123,000. 1966’s total was 6,200cwts at £53,000.

The most substantial difference was in clam landings. £113,000 was paid for 18,000 cwts, compared with 7,700 cwts worth £48,000 in 1966.

Total white fish returns were 32,000 cwts (£131,000), against 45,000 cwts (£129,000) in 1966.

The Wee Toon had the lion’s share of prawns and white fish, while clam and herring landings were concentrated in Tarbert.

ONE HUNDRED YEARS AGO

Saturday January 26, 1919

Union Jack Club

It has been said on good authority that variety is the spice of life.

The truth of the saying was illustrated in the excellent concert given by the Union Jack Club in their rooms on Saturday last.

The Committee of this Club have taken full advantage of whatever local talent was available, and considering how many of our young people of both sexes have left town in consequence of the war, it is surprising, in a place of the size and isolation of Campbeltown, how much variety has been imparted to these entertainments.

But after fifteen or sixteen of them it was inevitable that a certain feeling of sameness should creep in and that the introduction of a new element would be welcomed.

This element has been supplied by the Navymen, and the Committee have not been slow in giving their patrons a taste of what the Navy can do in the way of music.

The Committee were evidently suffering from an embarrassment of riches, for at the end several items had to be abandoned to enable the sailors to catch the last boat to the ship.