FROM OUR FILES, March 29 2019

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TEN YEARS AGO
Friday March 27, 2009

Carradale firefighter honoured

Crew commander Robert Strang of Carradale Fire Station was presented with the fire service medal for 20 years’ service and good conduct on Tuesday night.

Robert was presented with the medal by Area Commander Paul Connolly, watched by his fellow Carradale firefighters and members of the Campbeltown team who also attended.

TWENTY-FIVE YEARS AGO
Friday April 1, 1994

Seal of approval

The call of the wild called loudly for a seal pup released at a secret location in Argyll last week just over two months after being found on a Kintyre beach more dead than alive.

The seal was found on a beach at Bellochantuy in January by local couple Robb Falconer and his wife Judith.

‘He was all tangled in seaweed and I noticed his eyes were rolling,’ said Mr Falconer.

The Falconers made a stretcher from a plastic bag to move the pup off the beach.

‘He was very sickly and we were told that he wasn’t expected to live overnight,’ said Mrs Falconer.

Police at Campbeltown eventually took charge of the sickly pup and delivered him to a local vet.

The pup, by now christened Titch, was eventually taken to Oban Sealife Centre.

Eventually Titch recovered and was fattened up enough for release into the wild. He swam off with hardly a glance back at the Falconers and staff from the sealife centre on the beach.

FIFTY YEARS AGO
Thursday March 27, 1969

Who was at Windhoek?

A London man, who was a prisoner of war with a number of Campbeltown men during the Second World War, is trying to arrange a reunion with them this summer, when he will be touring Scotland.

The man, Mr George Burnett, who served in the Rifle Brigade, has written to the Provost of Campbeltown, Mr Dan McKinven, asking him for his assistance in tracing his wartime mates.

He says that in August, 1940, he was in a prisoner of war work camp at Windhoek, a small village in western Poland.

In one room, where 24 men lived, 22 of them were from Campbeltown – ‘and a fine bunch of men they were’.

Mr Burnett says that to the best of his knowledge they belonged to a TA anti-aircraft battery attached to the 51st Highland Division and they had been captured at St Valery.

ONE HUNDRED YEARS AGO
Saturday March 29, 1919

Workers’ memorable gathering

The Campbeltown branch of the British Red Cross Society rounded off its years of war work with a social gathering, held in the Christian Institute last Friday night.

There was a splendid representative gathering of workers and friends. The hall was pleasingly and appropriately decorated, and the tables were tastefully laid.

The function from beginning to end was free and sociable, and the gathering made a memorable period to a succession of years of labour in which all who participated are entitled to take pride.

Sheriff Macmaster Campbell presided. The chairman, in opening the proceedings after tea, said they had come pretty near to the end of five of the most wonderful years in the history of this country in that it was good to be alive to attend a meeting like this.

That night they looked back upon the stirring, cruel period through which they had passed with mixed feelings. They thought of the lives that had been sacrificed, of the men who had been maimed for life, of the men who had been enfeebled for life, and on that account they all felt sad.