FROM OUR FILES, April 5 2019

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TEN YEARS AGO
Friday April 3, 2009

Well done, Megan!

Megan Hill, aged 17, from Campbeltown Grammar School lifted the top prize at last weekend’s Mid Argyll Music Festival in Lochgilphead, the CWS Scottish Co-op Premier Festival Award.

The award is given to the most promising performer of the festival.

Campbeltown Brass also won the Gifford Bowl for the highest mark gained by a choir or band.

Megan Hill, the most promising performer at the festival, with her trophy. NO_c14files01

TWENTY-FIVE YEARS AGO
Friday April 8, 1994

Why do ‘fools’ fall in love?

Getting married on April Fool’s Day might not look like the best starts – but Bill and Jean Walker last week celebrated being together for 50 years after doing just that!

The happy couple, who moved to Campbeltown 18 years ago and live on Southend Road, were joined by family members in the Seafield Hotel to mark the golden occasion.

They were married on April 1 1944, and look every bit as happy as they must have done on their wedding day.

They agreed one of the key things to staying together is tolerance. They obviously both share a great sense of humour too.

They also seemed delighted with a stunning cake made especially for the gathering.

Town lifeboat rescues six

Six crewmen were rescued from a tugboat which ran aground two miles south east of Tarbert in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Lifeboats from Campbeltown and Tighnabruaich were alerted around 3am and an air sea rescue helicopter, from Prestwick, was scrambled.

FIFTY YEARS AGO
Thursday April 3, 1969

Well done, Mary

Out of 900 entrants from all over Scotland the first prize of £400 in the Daily Express essay competition has been won by a Campbeltown girl – Mary Meenan, aged 15, who lives at 25 Crosshill Avenue.

The subject of the essay was ‘Scotland in the Year 2000’ and the entries were judged by a distinguished team of judges, all of whom praised Mary’s essay highly, commenting on the originality of her approach, her sense of humour and her imaginative way of writing.

When Mary was asked what first gave her the idea of basing the essay in an elderly woman’s point of view of the year 2000 her reply was: ‘My granny’s like that. She’s always speaking about the “good old days”.’

So Mary simply projected her granny’s nostalgia into the year 2000, pictured the circumstances of society in that year, and the idea grew from there.

Although she changed off words and phrases as she wrote, her highly original approach was always the basis of her essay.

Not only are Mary and her immediate family thrilled with her success but the whole school is showering her with congratulations and all the people of Campbeltown are delighted, and proud of her.

In fact, on Thursday, the director of education, Mr T. G. Henderson, will be present when she receives her prize in front of the whole school.

ONE HUNDRED YEARS AGO
Saturday April 5, 1919

Comrades of the Great War

The weekly meeting in the Orange Hall last Friday night was largely attended.

It was unanimously agreed to admit fathers and mothers of comrades who have fallen in the war to honorary membership of the society, without fee.

All such will be welcomed at any of the meetings, and particularly on social occasions.

Considerable discussion took place with regard to unemployment amongst discharged and demobilized men, and a committee was appointed to enquire into the grievances ventilated and make representations to the proper quarters.

The roll of honour for this district, which is being prepared by the Comrades, was submitted to the meeting for the purpose of revision, and several names were added to the existing list of men who have fallen.