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Friday February 15, 2008

Keep the asset strippers off

Better that the community makes a bid for RAF Machrihanish.

A move to buy the former RAF base at Machrihanish on behalf of Kintyre communities was proposed at Monday’s meeting of the Kintyre Initiative Working Group (KWIG).

Councillor John Semple, chairman of KWIG, has described it as a ‘Claim of Right’ over the Ministry of Defence (MOD) Base at Machrihanish after Defence Estates which runs the site for the MOD, said they want to dispose of the old Cold War base.

Councillor Semple said: ‘This community, like many others across the country, proudly accommodated defence establishments and made welcome service men from home and abroad.

‘The prosperity of such communities is enhanced by the spending power brought by such defence establishments.’

A good day’s ploughing in Kintyre: winners from the ploughing match held at Machrihanish farm on Saturday February 9 2008. NO_c07files01_2008_ploughing match


Friday February 19, 1993

Young otter dies in snare agony

The mutilated body of a young otter, tangled in a rusty wire snare, has been washed up on a Southend beach.

The sickening discovery has sparked fears for the safety of other species in the area.

The young dog-otter’s lifeless body was washed up on Dunaverty Beach, and its lower frame was wrapped in the snare, which appears to have inflicted a slow and tortuous death on the mammal.

It seems the tight wire had, through time, cut deeper into the growing animal’s back, obviously causing pain with his every movement.

The people who discovered the otter, who do not wish to be named, were ‘sickened’ by their horrific discovery.

‘It must have taken the otter some time to die. The wire snare had chewed right into its back. It was an awful way to go.’


Friday February 15, 1968

Two choir concerts in one week

Mr W.J. Anderson, organiser of local Harmony Hour Old Folks’ programmes, tells us that music lovers are in for a treat this month, when two famous choirs will be giving concerts in Campbeltown. These special events will be open to the public.

Tarbert Male Voice Choir under its conductor, The Rev. W.J. Eadie, will perform in the Burnside Citadel on Tuesday February 20. As on former occasions, a capacity crowd is expected.

Kintyre’s champion accordionist and land leader Fraser McGlynn usually accompanies the Tarbert choir.

Paying its first visit to the Harmony Hour, Carradale Gaelic Choir, Mod winners, will come to town on Friday February 23, to give a grand open night concert at the Town Hall.


Saturday February 16, 1918

Farm wages in Kintyre

As elsewhere, the wages question is an acute one among agricultural workers in Kintyre and steps have recently been taken with a view to solving the problem of the minimum wage.

To this end the following committee has been appointed: Messrs R. Y. Ralston, Macharioch; Sam Mitchell, Killeonan; Gilbert Black, Barrmains; and Keith Campbell, Carradale; and at a meeting held on Candlemas Fair Day in the office of Mr J.T. Hegarty, a sub-committee consisting of Messrs Neil M’Callum, Lephenstrath; Arch. M’Kinnon, Cleongart; D. Brown, Killeonan; and Dugald M’Millan, East Machrihanish Farm, was appointed to act in conjunction with the farmers’ committee.

Long service award

On Tuesday last Mr Dugard Darroch, ploughman, who has been in the service of Mr Robert Young, Drumore Farm for 32 years, was presented with the long-service medal and parchment of the Highland and Agricultural Society in recognition of his meritorious record.