FROM OUR FILES, March 8 2019

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TEN YEARS AGO
Friday March 6, 2009

Special birthday present for special baby

Celebrating his first birthday this month, Gregor Craig had a special visit from the company that helped save his life after he was born almost 16 weeks prematurely.

Quick-thinking doctors from Campbeltown Hospital wrapped Gregor in
bubble wrap to help retain his body heat, and despite being given only a 10 per cent chance of survival, Gregor is now fighting fit a year on.

Now at 16lb 10½ oz, Gregor was presented with a gift from Stuart Roberts, European director of marketing at Sealed Air, the company which is the leading manufacturer of bubble wrap, who met with parents Martine and Keith last week.

A money box marked with Gregor’s name containing £250 worth of bonds inside was presented to the family to mark the occasion.

Martine said: ‘We are really touched by this generosity and it is very nice of Stuart to make the journey all the way here to meet us.’

Gregor, pictured with his parents, was presented with a gift from Stuart Roberts, European director of marketing at Sealed Air. NO_c10files01

TWENTY-FIVE YEARS AGO
Friday March 11, 1994

It’s war!

Proof that the war against drugs has taken grip was shown to full effect when drug squad officers swooped on Campbeltown’s Splash bar.

A total of 35 officers were involved in the secret combined operation late last Thursday night – and police warn that the drugs crackdown will continue.

The operation was launched, police this week indicated, on the basis of information received on the alleged usage of drugs in the town – and five reports have been submitted to the procurator fiscal as a result of the exercise.

Thorough searches were carried out of those within the popular Campbeltown nightspot. A warrant had been granted on the Thursday afternoon.

Campbeltown Police chief inspector James Dorward said: ‘Halting drink and drug abuse is one of our main objectives this year, and we are interested in any information concerned with these activities in the area.

‘It is felt the operation met the objectives set out.’

FIFTY YEARS AGO
Thursday March 6, 1969

Maker maker finds a buyer

Following a Courier appeal two months ago, Campbeltown’s renowned model-maker Mr Sweeney McGeachy has managed to sell his model of the Campbeltown lifeboat, ‘City of Glasgow’.

The news was given to members of Campbeltown Town Council by Provost D. McKinven at their special meeting on Monday evening.

He said that a local man, Mr Alastair Greenlees, has bought the model. And Mr Greenlees asked the council members if they would act as caretakers of the boat if it were put on show in the local museum. The council agreed unanimously to do so.

Commented the provost: ‘This is a very generous gesture indeed.’

ONE HUNDRED YEARS AGO
Saturday March 8, 1919

Navy allotments and separation allowances

Wives and other dependents of sailors are informed that, owing to the extraordinay pressure of work caused by rapid demobilisation, it may be found impossible to acquaint them beforehand of the date on which their allotments and allowances will cease.

Their careful attention is therefore called to the following particulars which should afford them all the necessary information.

Wives and other dependents who are in receipt of Navy allotments or Navy separation allowances in respect of men demobilised are entitled to receive payment only so long as the sailor remains in receipt of pay.

A sailor demobilised remains in receipt of pay for exactly 28 days after the ‘date of issue’ appealing at the head of the right hand column of the protection and identity certificate which is given to every sailor when he is dispersed to leave on demobilisation.