FROM OUR FILES, July 13 2018

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TEN YEARS AGO

Friday July 11, 2008

Barrie’s big cat sighted

The elusive cat which has been talked about for 15 years has been sighted at Macharioch, Southend.

More than 60 people can confirm that they saw it – however it was not the feline variety but a hand-built catamaran.

The vessel, named by Mairi McCorkindale as Aragorn, has taken 15 years to complete to perfection and was launched recently in perfect weather conditions.

Before the launch, Reverend Martin Forrest read a poem of blessing which he had written especially for the occasion.

The boat builder, Barrie Gelder from Macharioch, Southend, invited many friends to witness this long-awaited event. A barbecue and bonfire followed the launch to wish the new boat a bon voyage.

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TWENTY-FIVE YEARS AGO

Friday July 16, 1993

Order brings hope to yard

Workers at Campbeltown shipyard were delighted to hear the news that the yard is to build a second off-shore fish farm system for Landcatch Ltd.

The announcement on Tuesday, comes just two weeks after Landcatch, one of the UK’s largest farmed salmon producers demonstrated their first system in Loch Fyne to 100 members of the industry as part of an intensive marketing campaign.

The order worth some £300,000 for Lithgows Ltd subsidiary, Campbeltown Developments Ltd, secures employment for more than 30 people at the yard until December.

‘This is one of three systems planned for Landcatch’, said Hugh Currie, chairman of Campbeltown Developments Ltd, ‘but I am confident we will win orders from other fish farm operators. We are actively marketing the system which has brought a great deal of interest from the industry.’ He added that the fish cage orders would help keep the yard ticking over.

FIFTY YEARS AGO

Thursday July 11, 1968

Council debate key workers

What is a key worker? Campbeltown Town Councillors found themselves asking this time and again during a long debate on council housing for key workers at their monthly meeting on Monday evening.

Bailie George McMillan had put forward a motion ‘that this council decide that all applications for a let of a council house should be accompanied by a certificate from the Ministry of Labour, in consultation with the Board of Trade.’

Bailie McMillan said that some workers classified as key workers had been allocated houses under a ‘great stretch of imagination.’

‘Stick by the rules,’ added the bailie, ‘and let the application lie for 30 days for investigations.’

Seconding Bailie McMillan, Councillor Charles Kennedy said that nobody classed as a key worker had been allocated a house under his convenership of the housing committee.

ONE HUNDRED YEARS AGO

Saturday July 13, 1918

Fishermen’s concert in Victoria Hall

If the success of the fishermen’s concert held in the Victoria Hall on the evening of Saturday last is to be taken as criterion – and we think this is the manner in which it should be regarded – the local effort in connection with Scotland’s present July movement on behalf of the Red Cross funds bids fair to establish another record for whole-souled generosity on the part of the community of the town and district.

Excellently organised by the joint secretaries, Messrs A. Ollar and D. Robertson, who had the energetic assistance of a most representative and capable committee of boat-owners and band of other devoted workers, the appeal made to the public for a full measure of that liberal support for which this locality has earned a name which is second to none struck a most responsive chord, with the result that the large hall was crowded to the door.