FROM OUR FILES, October 5 2018

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Friday October 3, 2008
Fire safety and fun at the station

Dalintober’s Primary two and three class was full of enthusiasm during its visit to Campbeltown Fire Station.

The pupils learned about home fire safety and what to do to help prevent fires and in the event of a fire in their home.

They also got the chance to ‘have a go’ with a length of hose and seemed to thoroughly enjoy their day.

The pupils, pictured in 2008, with Paul Souden and Gareth Strang. NO_c40files01

Friday October 8, 1993
Mike on mission of mercy

Finding a bone marrow donor is like ‘winning the pools’ – but Campbeltown now has its second such person, giving the chance of a life to a terminally ill male patient in Holland.

Mr Mike Shanks, 36, of Kilkerran Road, a former teacher at Campbeltown Grammar School, and now at Tarbert Academy, travelled to London to donate the bone marrow on September 17, a result of Kintyre Round Table’s Anthony Nolan Bone Marrow Appeal.

The bone marrow was flown to Holland to be transplanted to the patient.

The transplant has increased the patient’s chance of survival from five per cent to more than 50 per cent, and the result should be known in about three months.

‘I was told there was more chance of winning the pools than a bone marrow match being found,’ said Mike on Tuesday.

‘But what I did was nothing special – a lot of people went for samples in Campbeltown, and it was just chance that mine was a match for the patient in Holland.

Thursday October 3, 1968
Kintyre man in Rhodesian cabinet

A Kintyre man, Mr David Smith, has been appointed Minister for Agriculture in the Rhodesian Government.

Mr Smith, who succeeds Mr George Rudland, was born at Corran Farm, Clachan, in 1922 and was educated at Campbeltown Grammar School.

He went to Rhodesia in 1946 as a farm assistant and became a farm manager before going into farming on his own account.

He became chairman of the Farmers’ Co-operative in Salisbury and is director of several companies.

Mr Smith is the eldest son of the late Mr and Mrs William Smith, Newmains, Bellochantuy, and a nephew of Mr Andrew Smith, Drumore.

He married Miss Jean Graham whose family farmed Tonrioch and they have three daughters and a son.

Afocal swamped with inquiries

Afocal Ltd., the optical company which will move into Campbeltown’s advance factory, has been swamped with applications for jobs from people in England, wanting to return to their native Campbeltown to work.

Mr Jim Lennon, part-owner of Afocal, said yesterday that a file was being kept of all applications, many of which also came from Campbeltown.

He also revealed that rare opportunities would be available for young men in the area.

Afocal wants young men to train as junior management staff, technicians, toolroom workers and maintenance engineers.

Light machinery and partitions will be installed at the factory, opposite Drumore Gardens.

Saturday October 5, 1918
Dancing championships

We are pleased to learn that Master David McNeill, the clever young international dancer who appeared at the fishermen’s concert in the Victoria Hall here on 20th July, has been adding to his laurels by again winning the Western championship for Highland dancing, carrying with it a handsome cup and trophy.

On the same day he took part in another competition in Glasgow in which he was awarded first prize for the Highland Fling, gaining the gold medal.

Master McNeill also holds the Eastern championship of Scotland.

As a Highland and international dancer he thus retains premier place.