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By Mark Davey
Dalintober beach brought the seaside to Campbeltown when cities like Paris could only dream of shifting sand to the Seine.
At least 50 years ago, more than 30 years before Paris-plage, imported sand created a beach from Dalintober pier across in front of Springfield Terrace.
Last Friday, a crusade started, six years ago, by Nena McSporran and led by Jamie McLean of Dalintober Beach Group, came to fruition when McFadyen’s contractors added about 150 tons of Langa quarry sand to the shore.
It is at least 16 years since sand was added and more than three decades since it was added on a yearly basis.
Ms McSporran said: ‘Without Jamie McLean a lot of this would not have been done.
‘I learned to swim on this beach. It had not been used for a long time which is what gave the push to have it resurrected.’
Argyll First Councillor Donald Kelly recalled also learning to swim off Dalintober beach, aged just four, and said he has a black and white photograph from that time.
Mr Kelly said: ‘The Dalintober Beach Group has been the catalyst for the progress of the Kintyre Seasports project.
‘It is great to see this community lead group starting to invest in the regeneration of the beach.
‘This might be a small step forward but it makes a significant statement of intent to see the project come to fruition.’
Mr McLean added: ‘Dalintober Beach Group aims to bring the beach back into a use-able condition.
‘It will be good for this Saturday’s Campbeltown Community Regatta but that is not the main aim of reconditioning the beach.
‘It should be remembered, that in addition to funds from ‘Dip for Dosh’ all the royalties from Denzil Meyrick’s book ‘Dalintober Moon’ go to the beach restoration.’
Resident Joan Claffey has lived in Roseneath cottage adjacent to the beach since 1981.
Mrs Claffey said: ‘When I was young the beach was in its full glory. I am delighted to see the work being done.’
A Regatta spokesperson said: ‘Some people seemed scared of the cleanliness of the water but off Dalintober beach it is crystal clear and some of the best in Scotland.
‘Organisers are planning a series of beach games including: a lilo race, bucket heid – moving water by a bucket on the head, walking the plank and an assault course.
‘There will be a fenced off area for sandcastle building and hopefully beach volleyball.
‘The Regatta committee has a stand at Kintyre Show today.’