FROM OUR FILES, August 3 2018

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TEN YEARS AGO

Friday August 1, 2008

Champions of Europe

Kintyre Schools Pipe Band are the new European Champions at Novice Juvenile grade.

The two Kintyre schools pipe bands took part in the championships at Lisburn in Northern Ireland on Saturday.

Conditions were warm and sunny throughout the day.

The Novice Juvenile band led by Julie Blue were not expecting too much, but turned in a sterling performance on the day to win the grade, to the delight of a huge travelling support.

Piper Kerr Gaughan received the Netta Brodie Shield for first place on behalf of the band at the closing ceremony.

In Juvenile Grade, Kintyre’s senior band also put in a solid performance, but had to settle for fourth place, behind the new European champions, Inveraray and District Pipe Band.

That winning feeling as the band celebrates. files_c31_Champions_of_Europe02

TWENTY-FIVE YEARS AGO

Friday August 6, 1993

Our past comes to life

Old church gets lease of life as a heritage centre.

Campbeltown will have a major new heritage centre over the next few months, which will give a new lease of life to Lorne Street Church which has lain empty since January 1991, when it amalgamated with Lowland Church.

Dr Bobby Somerville, secretary of the Kintyre Amenity Trust said: ‘We were delighted to receive the keys of the church on August 1, on a 30 year lease, after Argyll and Bute District Council approved our planning application.’

There will be minor alterations to the exterior of the church to provide access for disabled people.

There are exciting plans for the interior which will accommodate a tearoom, the heritage centre artefacts and a small theatre for audio visual presentations featuring the area’s history.

Dr Sommerville said the Campbeltown and Kintyre Heritage Centre will be complementary to Campbeltown Museum.

FIFTY YEARS AGO

Thursday August 1, 1968

Even the roads are melting

Burgh workmen in Campbeltown have been engaged in sanding the town’s tar-surfaced streets for the past week – because the sun has been melting them.

South Kintyre has had its driest summer for 47 years, with a mere 1.46 inches of rainfall during the June period.

Townspeople have been warned to conserve water as the town’s reservoirs are about a foot below the normal level.

Machrihanish led the country in June with 244 hours of glorious sunshine. Campbeltown had 237 hours.

Local beaches, campsites, caravan parks and beauty spots have been crammed with holidaymakers and visitors. Campbeltown itself has had a busy look since the beginning of June.

The T.S. Duchess of Hamilton has been packed almost every trip she made to Campbeltown and day-trippers go back with glowing reports of the town’s weather.

ONE HUNDRED YEARS AGO

Saturday August 3, 1918

On Sunday first, the fourth anniversary of the war, the Town Council will attend divine service in Castlehill Church.

Volunteers will also parade to Castlehill on this Commemoration Day; and other bodies might follow these examples.

The Prime Minister will address an important message to the British people on the occasion.

As the anniversary falls on a Sunday the message will be delivered on Monday, August 5, and a novel method of publication is being arranged by the National War Aims Committee in co-operation with the proprietors of places of public entertainment.

The message will be dispatched in a sealed envelope to the proprietor of every theatre, music hall, concert hall, and picture house in the country, and at nine o’clock in the evening the seal will be broken publicly on stage and the message read to the assembled audience.

We believe arrangements have been made for reception of the message at Campbeltown Picture House.