FROM OUR FILES, October 19 2018

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TEN YEARS AGO

Friday October 17, 2008

By the left, quick brew!

It was action stations at Clachan Filling Station on Saturday when owner Cathy McLean and friends got together to organise tea and coffee, home baking, a raffle and competitions to raise money for a forces’ charity.

The Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association – Forces Help is one of the oldest forces’ charities which helps the men and women of all branches of the forces, whether serving or retired, and their families.

Air Training Cadets from the area, who go to Oban each week with their instructor Arthur Duff, also joined in.

A delighted Cathy said afterwards: ‘We raised an amazing £910, which was incredible.’

Cathy McLean of Clachan Filling Station with Captain Elizabeth Ball ret, Jackie Grant, ex RAF and ATC members David Brown, Blake Brown, Christopher Mearns and Katherine Duff. files_c42_01

TWENTY-FIVE YEARS AGO

Friday October 22, 1993

A grand triumph for Andy

Campbeltown’s Andrew McCaig was a Scottish winner in GrandMet Trust’s annual Awards for Achievement, aimed at acknowledging trainees who have used skills-training programmes to compete in the jobs market.

Andy, 34, was nominated for a Personal Development Award by Morna Paterson of the Trust’s Campbeltown training centre.

Andy attended a school for special needs, and then an adult resource centre for disabled people until the age of 25.

Before he joined GrandMet a year ago, he had never had a job and regarded himself as unemployable. He made so much progress on his basic literacy and numeracy programme, that he was persuaded to start a basic retail course.

He is now in an employer placement with Stanley Watson’s, the Campbeltown fruit merchant – which was also a winner in the Employer Adding Value section.

FIFTY YEARS AGO

Friday October 17, 1968

Rates are cut by 2s 10d

After Honorary Treasurer George CC Halbert intimated to Campbeltown Council that the proposed rate for the coming year would be 2s 10d down on last year, ex-Provost Duncan L. McMillan moved that the reduction should be 2s only, the remaining 10d to be used for making improvements to various streets and pavements in the burgh.

Ex-Provost McMillan said he had given the matter some thought. Though he had to leave a meeting called to discuss the rates last Thursday night, he thought the reduction was too great.

He said the rates were ‘having large swings up and down.’ He also mentioned that schemes had been discussed, but had to be abandoned because there was no money.

Bailie George McMillan in seconding the Ex-Provost, said that he ‘was frightened’ to mention certain things because there might have been a rate increase.

ONE HUNDRED YEARS AGO

Saturday October 19, 1918

The Peace Movement

President Wilson’s stern reply

Ruthlessness and autocracy must end.

President Wilson has despatched his reply to the German Note asking for an armistice with a view to peace. He opens by stating that the ‘unqualified acceptance’ by Germany of the terms of his public addresses justifies a frank and direct statement of his decision with regard to the two German communications.

The process of evacuation and the conditions of armistice, he declares, are matters which must be left to the Government of the United States and the Allied Governments.

Absolutely satisfactory safeguards and guarantees of the maintenance of the military supremacy of the Allies must be provided.

The president goes on to say that an armistice cannot be considered so long as the armed forces of Germany continue the inhumane and illegal practices in which they still persist.