Down Memory Lane extra, December 14 2018

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A former Kintyre Farmers’ plumber showed the Courier a treasured 1975 booklet celebrating the firm’s golden anniversary.

In the photograph of the plumbing staff Neil McMillan, aged 25, third from left in the back row, looks like the boss, dressed in a three piece suit but, he had just attended a funeral.

The souvenir booklet, printed by John Watson and Company, Glasgow,  is a treasure trove of photographs.

The booklet's front cover.
The booklet’s front cover.

The foreword states: ’50 years ago Kintyre Farmers Ltd was formed to further the cause of co-operation among farmers in this area. The directors and management decided to produce this souvenir edition of our magazine to mark the occasion and also to indulge in a little nostalgia by looking back into the history of our society.

In part his introduction, Kintyre Farmers’ chairman, Alex McLean said: ‘As you will see from the profiles of the members of the board they come from every corner of the Society’s area and, without exception, are gentlemen of the highest calibre to whom I should like to pay tribute for the support and guidance they so freely give.

‘I would also like to make special mention of the industry, and, in particular the diplomacy, which our managing director, John Stupart at all times displays.’

Mr McLean concludes with a statement hinting at European integration and said: ‘Finally to all the members of Kintyre Farmers, we can benefit not only from the co-operation that exists between societies in Scotland but in future the potential of Europe.’

The booklet’s front cover. NO_c49memorylane03_Campbeltown_Farmers

Kintyre Farmers plumbing team in 1975. NO_c49memorylane02_Campbeltown_Farmers