Down memory lane extra, June 8 2018

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In January 1987 Campbeltown solicitors Stewart Balfour and Sutherland sent an album of photographs to Mrs E Wotherspoon, the secretary of the Kintyre Antiquarian Society.

The album was donated by Mr A Lennox Gibson, who spent his life in Zimbabwe.

Mr Gibson was the nephew of Thomas Lennox Watson, the Glasgow architect responsible for Longrow South’s 1909 remodelling in the Grand Building Project which features on pages 12 and 13.

Mr Gibson felt the album of pictures should be ‘kept for posterity by some local body or organisation.’ The pictures have been scanned and made into panels by Argyll and Bute Council.

The final paragraph of that 31-year-old letter, from the solicitors states: ‘May I say that, prior to handing the album over, I have made it available to the Campbeltown Courier but, as yet, I think I am right in saying that they have not seen fit to use any of the photographs in the local paper. ‘

In this picture, from 1909, builders on wooden scaffolding work on The Grand Project. NO_c23CARS13_Scaffold 26 Main St