From our files, July 6, 2018

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TEN YEARS AGO
Friday July 4, 2008
Campbeltown Museum reopens

Campbeltown Museum is once again open to the public.

The long awaited reopening ceremony took place on Wednesday with Councillor Douglas Philand, Argyll and Bute’s spokesman for arts and culture cutting the ribbon.

‘Campbeltown Museum is home to a collection of objects from internationally important archaeological sites,’ he said. ‘A jet necklace in the museum is one of only 10 in Scotland.’

Alongside the artefacts is an art collection including oil paintings by Sir William McTaggart, Archibald MacKinnon and John Campbell Mitchell.

Argyll and Bute now has an agreement with Kilmartin House Museum and Auchindrain Museum where Campbeltown calls upon their experts.

This move has brought praise from the Museums Galleries of Scotland.

Joanne Orr, chief executive, said: ‘This skills sharing is something we actively encourage between our member museums and galleries and the benefits will be great for all involved.’

TWENTY-FIVE YEARS AGO
Friday July 9, 1993
Lost bag blown up

Airport security at Marseilles airport took no chances with Christopher Hasson’s bag on a school trip to France when they blew it up in a controlled explosion.

Christopher, aged 11, a pupil at Castlehill School, was visiting a school in Lourmarin near Marseilles with a group of Kintyre school children, and in the excitement, his bag was mislaid at the airport.

Christopher’s bag contained his personal stereo, his camera and, most important, his inhaler for asthma.

At first, he said, he was not aware the bag had been lost, but after they arrived at Lourmarin and the bus was emptied, he realised it was missing.

He immediately informed the teachers in charge of the group and Francois Bonnard, a French teacher who had visited Campbeltown, phoned the airport to be told that the bag had been found, and after investigation by security, had been blown up.

FIFTY YEARS AGO
Thursday July 4, 1968
Store chief’s recipe for the top

Mr James Gulliver, the head of the Fine Fare Group of stores and supermarkets, said at the school prize-giving ceremony that the opportunities in management careers were great and stimulating and they were open to all.

He said he was proud to have been asked to speak to the pupils because of the honour accorded him by the invitation and because of the debt he felt he owed to the school and because of his affection for Campbeltown and Scotland.

The subject of his address was the ingredients of a successful business career and the opportunities and rewards in business.

He said: ‘I do hope many of the boys and girls here will take up a business, commercial or management career because people in these fields are sorely needed in Britain today.’

ONE HUNDRED YEARS AGO
Saturday July 6, 1918
Bagpipe and dancing competitions

We are pleased to learn of the further successes of two young Campbeltown brothers, Masters Ronald and Peter McCallum, sons of Mr Archibald McCallum, Millknowe, in bagpipe and dancing competitions in the Emerald Hall, Garngad, Glasgow, on Saturday last.

Master Ronald McCallum in bagpipe playing was awarded first prize for a two-part march, second for a four-part march and first for a four-part march (strathspey and reel), winning the cup offered for the last named event.

Master Peter McCallum was awarded second prize in bagpipe playing for a two part march, first for dancing the Highland Fling in the class for competitors under 12 years of age, and fourth for dancing the Highland Fling in an open competition.

These following upon past successes, are achievements on which the young competitiors are to be cordially congratulated.