LEADER, August 30 2019

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Down but not out

It is unfortunate that for two weeks in a row the Courier is reporting on job losses in Campbeltown.

A spokesperson from Tesco refused to tell the Courier how many members of staff were in talks about their employment. However, it was revealed that the estimated total number of people who will lose their jobs across the UK’s 153 Tesco Metro stores is 4,500, which averages out at almost 30 people per store.

It is not the first time jobs have been lost in Campbeltown, often when big companies close down – Campbeltown Shipyard, Kintyre Farmers, Jaeger, Woolworths and Woosters, to name a few – but something usually turns up to redress the employment balance. Our fingers are crossed that the same thing happens this time around.

The success of the recent MOKFest shows that Campbeltown is still a vibrant, thriving location, which people from all across the world are keen to visit.

Tourists from as far afield as the USA, Brazil, Canada and across Europe, and many locals and natives, attended this year’s festival which basked in sunshine.