FROM OUR FILES, August 24, 2018

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TEN YEARS AGO
Friday August 22, 2008
Wee Gregor’s a wonder

If ever there was a time when Kintyre needed some good news and fighting against unbelievable odds and winning it is right now.

And no one sums up that fighting spirit better than wee Gregor Craig, the earliest and lightest baby ever born at Campbeltown Hospital to survive.

Gregor, who was born at 1.55am on March 31, 2008, at the hospital’s maternity unit, weighing just 1lb 14 1/2 oz, is now safely home, weighing 8lbs 1oz, after 17 weeks in the Queen Mother Hospital in Glasgow.

Wee Gregor, pictured in 2008, with his proud parents, Martine and Keith Craig. NO_c34files01

TWENTY-FIVE YEARS AGO
Friday August 27, 1993
Tenants’ first Mull of Kintyre Music Festival

Pubs and venues around Campbeltown burst into life over the weekend, as locals and visitors revelled in the atmosphere of the first Tenants Mull of Kintyre Music Festival.

The three-day musical extravaganza was a resounding success – the streets hardly stopped echoing with the sounds of the performers from Friday onwards, and it would not be surprising to see Tenants thirsting to back any future event.

The main event of that day was the gathering in the Community Centre, which went down a storm.

Kelly’s Heroes, The Jura Ceilidh Band and Brian Miller and Charlie Soane were among those winning over fans on the Friday.

Many rated this event extremely highly, and it was wondered if it could indeed be topped in many quarters.

However, the proceedings really came to the boil at the Victoria Hall on Saturday night.

Six hours of top-notch entertainment – for just £10 – was hard to knock, and the hall was packed for the occasion.

The star draw had to be Capercaillie, on a bill oozing talent.

FIFTY YEARS AGO
Thursday August 22, 1968
Haulage firm in new venture

The Campbeltown haulage and contracting firm of Archd. McFadyen and Sons is moving into a new field next week.

It is starting production of concrete products such as building blocks, paving slabs, kerbs, fence posts, and reconstituted stone.

The firm has set up a subsidiary company, Kinloch Precast, to handle this business and their premises will be on the site of the former Campbeltown sawmill which has been bought from Campbeltown Town Council.

One of the partners in the firm, Mr Malcolm McFadyen, told the Courier that to start with, two or three men would be employed and eventually they hoped to employ 10 or more.

Orders were already coming in for concrete products and it is hoped that Argyll builders, individuals, and local authority undertakings would support this local enterprise and at the same time save themselves transport costs and time, awaiting deliveries from elsewhere.

ONE HUNDRED YEARS AGO
Saturday August 24, 1918
Grand carnival in showfield

In aid of the Comforts Fund of the Queen Mary Guild a grand fete and sport were held on Saturday last in the showfield.

A most attractive list of events was announced, and this, combined with the fact that the carnival had been organised in the interests of the Kintyre men on naval and military service, brought out a crowd that was worthy of the occasion.

Unfortunately the weather, which from early morning had not been too promising, and which was showery throughout the day, broke down completely ere the finish of the sports; but notwithstanding the discomfiting conditions all the events were pulled off.

A fancy dress cycle parade at 1.30 reminded the townspeople that something unusual was afoot.

About fifty young ladies and gentlemen took part in the procession, which, starting from Stronvaar Avenue, traversed the usual route, with the sports ground as the terminus.

The parade was very effective, the adornment of the bicycles and the ‘get-up’ of their riders being artistic, novel, and in several instances highly amusing.