‘Where do we belong?’

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By Mark Davey

This was the question posed in the title of BBC Radio 4’s ‘Listening Project’ broadcast yesterday.

It was a revealing three minute 49 second interview with Jane and David Mayo of Campbeltown Community Business Ltd (CCB) which, through thick and thin, has succeeded in rebuilding the iconic Wee Pictures.

The couple live in David’s late father, Admiral Robin Mayo’s High Askomil house, which has been in the family for four generations.

Interviewer, Fi Glover made the following introduction: ‘This little bit of chat is all about what grounds us in the world.

‘Is it place, people, a sense of coming home, well for Jane and David it is a blend of all of those things.’

The chat was recorded back in January at Campbeltown Picture House.

Campbeltown was described as being at the toe of Kintyre in a beautiful but remote part of the country.

The Mayos led a peripatetic lifestyle from birth as both their fathers were Royal Navy men but say they are now rooted in Campbeltown.

David said: ‘Someone has said it (Campbeltown) is officially classed as the remotest town in mainland Britain, it certainly is very, very remote and the trouble is that all our young have jobs that ary very demanding and are elsewhere.’

Jane added: ‘I still find it quite difficult though because I don’t have any kind of connection to it only through you and I don’t seem to have a role.’

‘Well, you have certainly taken on a role in terms of becoming involved in the community both in, our role in the cinema and that you are chairman of CCB,’ replied David.

‘Yes, but the family thing, and the friends too, long-term friends…,’ said Jane.

David said that that was a product of the couple’s upbringing and their friends are dotted around the world.

He added that although he has roots here he has no close relatives here and said that probably like his father he is deeply in love with the house.’

‘We won’t have young family to come and care for us,’ said David, echoed by Jane: ‘It is a dilemma for our generation.’

David said: ‘I do feel a very strong bond (to the area).’ and Jane added: ‘And it has always been easier for us coming here with you have had family connections, you are not that incomer.’

‘Not a total incomer, yah, despite one’s accent,’ said David, and Jane added: ‘Despite speaking the way we do.’ Before both descended into gentle laughing.

The credits stated: David and Jane were recorded by Victoria McArthur at BBC Radio Scotland.

Argyll and Bute MP Brendan O’Hara being filmed with Jane and David Mayo on the day the cinema re-opened last year. 25_c29mayos01_Brendan_O’Hara_JaneandDavid_Mayo