I wish it could be Christmas every day!

Want to read more?

At the start of the pandemic in March we took the decision to make online access to our news free of charge by taking down our paywall. At a time where accurate information about Covid-19 was vital to our community, this was the right decision – even though it meant a drop in our income. In order to help safeguard the future of our journalism, the time has now come to reinstate our paywall.

However, rest assured that access to all Covid related news will still remain free.

To access all other news will require a subscription, as it did pre-pandemic.

The good news is that for the whole of December we will be running a special discounted offer to get 3 months access for the price of one month. Thank you for supporting us during this incredibly challenging time.


We value our content and access to our full site is only available on subscription. Your subscription entitles you to 7-day-a-week access to our website, plus a full digital copy of that week’s paper to read on your pc/mac or mobile device In addition your subscription includes access to digital archive copies from 2006 onwards.

Already a subscriber?


Subscribe Now

Many of us would like Christmas to last forever but unfortunately the festivities must come an end.

People in Campbeltown, however, may be fooled into believing the 2018 holiday is never-ending as the evergreen, erected each year beside the town’s medieval cross, is still in situ.

The Christmas lights also still hang from one side of the street to the other in Main Street and Longrow.

One person who did not want to be named, said: ‘I’m so embarrassed that the Christmas tree and lights are still up when people are visiting the town during the February break – what must they think?

‘The tree is decaying and brown and looks awful.

‘Also, I can’t help but wonder what damage has been done to the lights, both on the tree and in the street, by being exposed to the weather since November.’

An Argyll and Bute spokesperson said: ‘Work to remove the lights begins next week. The tree will then be disposed of.’

The lights hanging in Main Street, with the wilting tree below.

The decaying Christmas tree is still in situ. 50_c07tree01

The lights hanging in Main Street, with the wilting tree below. 50_c07tree03