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Friday June 6, 2008

Kintyre woman survives adder attack

Warning after Saddell dog walk almost ends in tragedy.

A 60-year-old-woman was bitten by Britain’s only native poisonous snake, an adder, at Saddell while walking her dogs, and is warning others to be careful when walking in the woods.

She was walking her dogs at Saddell, last Tuesday morning and was heading down towards Saddell Castle when she thinks she was bitten but didn’t realise.

She began to feel ill a few days after and put it down to food poisoning she had perhaps got from a barbeque.

When she began to feel worse she called in the doctor, who told her she had been bitten by a snake.

Pupils tour Scotland

Primary 7 pupils from Dalintober and St Kieran’s primary schools travelled all over Scotland as part of a school trip.

NO_c23files01 The Dalintober and St Kieran’s Primary seven pupils at the Falkirk Wheel.


Friday June 11, 1993

First coach for Isle of Gigha

There were a few anxious moments at Tayinloan on Sunday when the first coach to ever go across to Gigha by ferry ran into a few problems.

The 55-strong coach party from Rothesay thought they may have had a wasted trip when it became obvious it would be difficult to get the coach on board.

The angle of the slipway meant that the rear of the coach was scraping against the ground, even when the ferry Loch Ranza backed in closer to land.

However, a huge cheer went up when bits of wood were strategically placed, allowing the coach on board, making for a great day on Gigha in the glorious sunshine.


Thursday June 6, 1968

Trench point gets going.

Kier Ltd., the construction firm who are building the shipyard at Trench Point for Thames Campbeltown Shipyard Ltd., hope to start laying the yard’s foundations within the next two weeks.

The site agent, Mr J.R. Williams told the ‘Courier’ this on Tuesday.

Bulldozers, trackscavators and lorries belonging to local plant hirer, Mr Archibald McFadyen, have the sub-contracting work of excavating the area.

His machines moved in on Saturday, three days ahead of schedule.

A huge gaping area of hollowed-out grass and earth can now be seen. Lorries are dumping rubble into Campbeltown Loch where the slipway will be constructed. When excavation operations are completed 6,000 cubic yards of soil will have been moved.

The actual yard building will face the town and rails will leave the shed a short distance from the high tide mark and project into the sea.


Saturday June 8, 1918

‘The flowers in concert’

Successful cantata at Drumlemble.

A concert by Drumlemble school children, given in the Mission Hall, on the evening of Friday last, proved, as anticipated, a complete success and the first venture of the kind was, it is to be hoped, but an earnest of successive musical treats under the same auspices in the future.

Under the painstaking and able tuition of Miss Jane Macmillan, the pupils, numbering 40, who took part in the presentation of the selected cantata, Mr W.S. Roddie’s ‘The flowers in concert’ made excellent progress in the study of the work, so that when it came to the actual performance in public the entertainment passed off with a smoothness and celerity that reflected the highest credit on all concerned.

The proceeds of the concert were in aid of the funds of the Mission Hall, and the occasion brought together a full house.