From our files, March 09 2018

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TEN YEARS AGO

Friday March 7, 2008

Stacey leaps into marriage

It’s only once every four years that a woman has the chance to propose to a man, and Stacey Conley took full advantage of that and on February 29, she got down on one knee and proposed to her now fiancé Alex Black.

The happy couple, from Campbeltown, have been together for eight months and Stacey, aged 22, who works in Victoria Wines didn’t want to wait another four years before she got the chance to do it again.

She said: ‘I wanted to make sure I did it before him, and I didn’t want to wait another four years to do it.’

Alex, 32, who works with Argyll and Bute Council explained how he felt flattered that Stacey had proposed, and said: ‘I couldn’t say no, I was just so flattered.’

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TWENTY-FIVE YEARS AGO

Friday March 12, 1993

Shipyard bosses sink the unions

Unrest is brewing among Campbeltown Shipyard workers following a management decision to de-recognise the unions, and impose a wage-freeze.

Management, however, has stressed that it believes the decision is the key to the yard’s continued future. The Courier was given the inside story by a disgruntled worker, who wishes to remain anonymous.

‘The men are not happy at all,’ he said. ‘A letter of complaint was printed to show the depth of feeling about this issue, and this was signed by absolutely everyone on the shop floor.’

A Works Council has been proposed by the management, which is to sit every month.

‘They reckon this is the way forward,’ said the source. ‘But I can’t help feeling this is totally inadequate, as we have no grounds for argument if we have any complaints. There is to be no collective bargaining.’

FIFTY YEARS AGO

Thursday 7th March, 1968

Just let it DARE to rain…

Campbeltown’s Esplanade will be closed to traffic on the afternoon of May 18, when the First Battalion, The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, will visit the town to be granted the Freedom of the Burgh.

A big show is planned and the ceremony promises to be a spectacle well worth seeing.

One of the central figures on parade will be Cruachan, the 18-years-old Shetland pony who is Regimental Mascot.

Cruachan will be parading for the first time in four years. His last appearance was in 1964, just before the 1st Battalion left for Singapore.

Lt. Col. Colin Mitchell, commanding officer of the battalion whose operations in Aden so stirred the nation, will command the guard of 100 men. The pipes and drums and military band will also be on parade.

ONE HUNDRED YEARS AGO

Saturday March 9, 1918

Red Cross work party

Another splendid Kintyre consignment

A number of friends took advantage of the opportunity afforded on Wednesday afternoon to inspect, before its despatch, the latest consignment from Campbeltown of comforts, etc., for the sick and wounded, and were delighted and indeed amazed at the quantity, variety, and general excellence of the collection.

The articles were set out, ready for packing, in the lesser hall of the Christian Institute, where the devoted band of Red Cross workers were as busy as they could be completing the special work on hand.

Our representative had the pleasure of visiting the hall, and found it a veritable hive of industry.

The piles of beautifully-finished woollen garments, etc., as detailed below, all made of the best materials, were a gladsome sight, and provided ocular evidence of the untiring industry and unremitting zeal of the ladies of the Campbeltown Red Cross Work Party and their coadjutors of the Church Guilds.