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TEN YEARS AGO
Friday February 6, 2009

Natasha turns up the heat

Although narrowly beaten in the Highlands and Islands regional final, Natasha Lee impressed a panel of hospitality judges in Inverness.

The Campbeltown Grammar School pupil, aged 14, beat off stiff competition to win a place at Inverness for the UK-wide Springboard FutureChef 2009 cookery competition.

Natasha with her certificate and regional finalist plate. NO_c06files01

TWENTY-FIVE YEARS AGO
Friday February 11, 1994

Doc’s a lifesaver

The swift and decisive actions of a Carradale doctor – ‘far beyond’ the call of duty – have saved the life of a villager.

Dr Robert Abernethy masterminded a mercy dash from the village to Campbeltown and finally to Glasgow to save businessman Jerry Singal.

A fortnight ago, Mr Singal – who runs Carradale’s Glen Restaurant – felt unwell, and contacted the doctor.

He was immediately given antibiotics. Then when Dr Abernethy left surgery, he continued to call on the patient, right up until 10.30pm at night.

It was at this time that the doctor decided to drive Mr Singal to Campbeltown Hospital.

And finally, at 2am, Dr Abernethy insisted that his patient be taken by air ambulance to Glasgow.

It was here that surgeons performed a tracheotomy on Mr Singal, an incision made when the air passage has been blocked – his throat had ‘swelled like a balloon’.

The surgeons told Mr Singal that if it hadn’t been for the actions of the local doctor, he would have been dead.

‘This man saved my life, it’s as simple as that,’ Jerry said this week. ‘His dedication to this village is out of this world.’

FIFTY YEARS AGO
Thursday February 6, 1969

The oldest – and the champion

Although Kintyre Agricultural Society’s annual ploughing match was postponed on Saturday because of the state of the ground, the Islay Ploughing Society went ahead with its competition.

The T Jarret Trophy for the best ploughed lot on the field was won by Alex Campbell, Woodend Cottages, Ballygrant, who was the oldest competitor.

The competition was held on Islay House Home Farm, by courtesy of Lord Margadale of Islay.

The judge was Mr Ewan McPherson of Dalrannoch, Barcaldine, and the prizes were presented by Mrs Donald McGillivray.

They were thanked by the secretary, Mr Donald McIntyre, Ballygrant, as were the ladies who did the catering (Mrs D Hardie, Mrs D McGillivray and Mrs D McIntyre), the donors of the prizes, and all who had helped to make the match a success.

ONE HUNDRED YEARS AGO
Saturday February 8, 1919

A firm answer

Sober men will heartily approve the firm reply which the government promptly dispatched to the threatening ultimatum which the strikers on the Clyde transmitted through the Lord Provost of Glasgow.

The Clyde is the most notorious centre of operations of the extreme revolutionary section of organised Labour.

The demands that are now made are both in the method of making them and in their character of violation not only of the established methods of industrial bargaining, but of the first principles of civil order.

The strike is not authorised by the responsible executive of the union concerned.

And the ultimatum of the strikers to the government was not an appeal for arbitration in the accepted sense but a demand that the government should forthwith champion the case of the strikers and coerce the employers into unconditional surrender.

This demand was accompanied by threats suggestive of the highwayman’s formula: ‘Your money or your life.’

Now it is patent that the business of government, the commerce of the country, and the stability of the social fabric cannot be conducted and sustained if there is any shilly shallying with such reckless minorities as those responsible for such an ultimatum as this.