FROM OUR FILES, April 13, 2018

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TEN YEARS AGO

Friday April 4, 2008

Good turnout for beach clean

As part of Kintyre Marine Awareness Weekend a beach clean was held at Westport beach on Sunday morning. To celebrate Scotland’s seas there was a multitude of activities for all ages held over the weekend.

Surfers’ fears for beach

Surfers who use beaches on the west of Kintyre are becoming worried about the amount of sand and gravel being taken away by farmers.

They fear that the loss of sand bars could alter the waves and ruin the surfing as well as causing lasting environmental damage.

But farmers have been to court in the past and won the right to extract sand and gravel and Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) has told the Courier it views the matter as ‘a natural process’.

And at the same time surfers have been thanked by another department of SNH for alerting them to what was going on.

A good turnout of beach cleaners. NO_c15files03

TWENTY-FIVE YEARS AGO

Friday April 9, 1993

Kintyre chef discriminated against by SRC

A Tayinloan chef has struck a blow for men’s rights by winning a sex discrimination battle against Strathclyde Regional Council.

Chef, Peter Blackstock, 30, of Cara View, Tayinloan, was this week celebrating the unanimous decision in his favour by an industrial tribunal.

Father of three, Peter now works as a part time cook at Campbeltown Hospital.

His crusade was sparked by his failure to get a job as assistant cook at Rhunahaorine primary school last August. He claimed he was discriminated against because he was a man.

‘I’m just so relieved it’s all over,’ said Peter. ‘It just wasn’t right that I was refused, as I believe I was better qualified than the woman who got the school job in the end.

‘Strathclyde will now have to re-think their interview procedures and techniques.’

FIFTY YEARS AGO

Thursday, April 4, 1968

Southend’s sportsmen receive their trophies

The annual closing and social event of the Southend Sports Club was held in St Blaan’s Hall on Friday evening.

There was a very good turnout of members and their friends and a most enjoyable evening was spent at whist, tea and dancing.

The whist was directed by the club secretary, Mr Dugald MacCallum. Dance music was supplied by Sandy Watson and James Alexander, with Andrew Ronald as M.C.

During an interval in the dancing, Mr John McCorkindale, Macharioch, in the absence of the president, Mr Peter McKerral, Dunderan, spoke briefly of what had happened in the club throughout the session.

He recalled how the purchase of the billiard table had been such a success and how it had brought in the younger members. He looked forward to seeing even more younger members next session.

ONE HUNDRED YEARS AGO

Saturday, April 6, 1918

Scotland’s war savings week

Four tanks for Kintyre

The local committee’s arrangements are now completed. Banks, Post Offices, and War Savings Associations are to give special facilities for investment.

Sums from 6d to £5,000 may be lodged bearing high interest and backed by the Empire’s security. The need of the nation does not require to be emphasised at this time of day.

The person who fails to invest every available penny fails in loyalty to his country and in his duty to our fighting men.

We doubt not that Kintyre will do its duty. The £20,000 promised is well within our power. Our four tanks will show the spirit of our people, and be our personal share in the war for future peace.

The example of the Shipbuilding Company and the Prudential Assurance Company may well be followed by other business concerns.