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TEN YEARS AGO
Friday February 27, 2009

Magical Kintyre Drama Festival

Kintyre District Drama Festival celebrated its 60th anniversary with two nights of superb one-act plays.

Held at Campbeltown Grammar School on Friday and Saturday, seven plays from clubs across Kintyre and Mid Argyll were competing.

Stars of the show were Accent Players who won with their production of Growing Pains and also took the prize for best moment of drama.

TWENTY-FIVE YEARS AGO
Friday March 4, 1994

New store shock for town

A three-way supermarket war looks set to break out in Campbeltown, a situation which would almost certainly kill off many smaller traders.

Shoprite, the discount food store, has lodged an application with Argyll and Bute District Council to build a store on the Rex site in Hall Street.

The threat of even more competition will be another bitter blow to smaller outlets, as well as the town’s two existing supermarkets.

The Campbeltown Courier revealed as early as July last year that a discount chain could be targeting the town.

The application has been lodged in the name of Henry Starnes Properties Ltd, which acquired the site last year, but it was confirmed this week that Shoprite has applied to erect stores in Campbeltown, as well as Oban and Rothesay.

One local food retailer was stunned when the news was broken: ‘Have they gone berserk? This is unbelievable. The smaller shopkeepers are already being strangled with two supermarkets, let alone three.’

‘It’s the same piece of the pie being cut into yet another bit. I’m overcome at the suggestion.’

A spokesman for the council said planning consent was granted for the site a few years ago when John McGregor planned to develop it for Presto. The deal fell through, but the ground will still hold planning consent.

FIFTY YEARS AGO
Thursday February 27, 1969

Presbytery backs herring men

A Kintyre minister hit out the Scottish secretary of state, Mr William Ross, and Mr Norman Buchan, joint under-secretary of state, at their reluctance to listen to Clyde fishermen, who claim that mid-water trawling in the Clyde will bring an end to the famous Clyde herring.

The Rev John D MacInnes, of Carradale, was speaking at a special meeting of the Presbytery, called to discuss the effects of pair-trawling in Clyde waters.

Mr MacInnes told the Presbytery: ‘Several efforts have been made to get the attention of Willie Ross. He’ll not listen. Neither will Buchan. In fact, the latter has been almost rude, so I understand.’

Mr MacInnes said that last autumn 100ft trawlers appeared in Clyde waters.

Six were from the east coast of Scotland and seven arrived from Ulster.

‘They have been mid-water trawling in the firth since last October with disastrous consequences to the local fishermen,’ continued Mr MacInnes.

‘But scientists seem to think the herring cannot be killed off. The men who earn their living out there think otherwise and common sense is on their side.’

ONE HUNDRED YEARS AGO
Saturday March 1, 1919

Campbeltown Town Council

The monthly meeting of the town council of Campbeltown was held in the Council Room on Wednesday, Provost Lothian in the chair.

The other members present were Bailies Watson and Campbell, Dean of Guild Colvill, and Councillors Gemmell, Wareham, McArthur, Maceachran, John Smith, Campbell, D Smith, Weir and Reid.

A letter was read from the manager of the Campbeltown and Glasgow Steam Packet Co. with reference to damage to the Old Quay caused by the steamer Davaar.

The matter had been before the council at a previous meeting, and the company now offered, without prejudice, to pay a sum of £60.

The matter was remitted to the harbour committee for consideration and report.