Campbeltown Courier letters – week 31

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Wonderful welcome

Sir,

I wish to thank all the people of Campbeltown and especially the members of Yes Kintyre for the wonderful hospitality they gave us independence marchers on Saturday. I’ve been on many a demonstration in my time and this was one of the best.

Rolling off the ferry on the Friday evening we were welcomed by a guard-of-honour standing along the pier waving saltires.

The townsfolk turned out in droves to welcome us, waving saltires from windows and even stringing saltire bunting across the street at fourth-storey level. I had the romantic impression that the good folk of Campbeltown had been following the various pro-independence rallies as they worked their way around the geography of Scotland and had just been waiting for their own town’s turn!

The sun stayed out for us right until 4pm. Then the rain suddenly came down and we took down our Pensioners for Independence stall.  That evening Yes Kintyre put on a special party for us all with local musicians in the Argyll Arms Hotel.

On Sunday some of us stayed on and explored your beautiful peninsula. As the ferry pulled away that evening members of Yes Kintyre stood along the harbour wall holding up saltires to bid us farewell.

Thank you all again for a memorable experience.

Yours,

Mary McCabe,

Glasgow.

Very proud

Sir,

It was my great privilege to attend yet another Open at Royal Portrush and to witness 22 year-old Oban golfer Robert MacIntyre finish tied sixth in his very first Major Championship.

It was a wonderful performance, and confirmation, of the talent and the temperament we, the journalists, felt sure that he had.  He is now a Euro millionaire, but he remains an open, helpful and cheerful lad with both feet firmly planted on the ground, thanks to a great family and a strong desire to remain in his home town.

I was at Glencruitten for the first time in June and soon discovered why Robert wants to go back there on a regular basis after weeks on tour.  It’s a terrific club, no airs and graces.  They are very proud of Robert, and rightly so, but I very much doubt if they would allow him to lose his down-to-earth approach to international recognition.

Yours,

Jock MacVicar,

Southend-born Scottish Daily Express golf correspondent and long-time Dunaverty member. 

Dancing thanks

Sir,

Through the columns of your newspaper, may I express my grateful thanks to all the businesses, organisations, and individuals, who donated to our fundraising, allowing the dancers to compete in the United States Highland Dancing Championships held recently in Las Vegas.

We had a very successful trip, placing in both the Highland and choreography events. It’s installed in the dancers they are there to represent Campbeltown and the Dance School rather than any individual, and hearing the town name announced at the presentation of trophies to our four trophy winners was a very proud moment indeed. The dancers fought every inch of the way to put our small town on the map.

Our thanks once again to the following: MACC, Tangy Wind Farm, West Kintyre Wind Farm, Killieguer Caravan Park, DM Fabrication, Glenside Tractors, Howdens, Kintyre Youth Fund, McFadyens Contractors, Tesco Bags of Help, Jim Martin Supplies, Southend Parish Church, Peter McKerral & Son, C’town Co-Op, C’town Running Club, C’town Rotary Club, C’town Firemans Club, C’town Motor Co, C’town Rotary Club, C’town Loyal, C’town Common Good Fund, C’town Inner Wheel, C’town Community Council, Paul Grumoli, Mr and Mrs Brown, Mr and Mrs Russell, and Laura and Jake, Tesco Staff.

Yours,

James McCorkindale,

McCorkindale School of Dancing.

Sensible move

Sir,

On Monday evening, July 29, five sacks of tin cans had been placed in the clear glass bin in Tesco’s car park. Some sort of gathering must have taken place over the weekend. You cannot run a country if you can’t distinguish between a glass bottle and a tin can.

At least something sensible is going to be done about the Rest and Be Thankful road. It was acceptable to try to prevent the hillside from being washed onto the roadway. It has been obvious for several months, if not years, that that was not possible.

At last someone has seen that if a wide trench is dug between the hillside and the road, the hillside can still be washed down but will not reach the roadway.

Yours,

James W Mackay,

Campbeltown.

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