DOWN MEMORY LANE, November 15 2019

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Memories of creamery’s happier days

People in Kintyre have continued to express shock and sadness following the recent news that First Milk plans to close Campbeltown Creamery.

It has prompted some people to look back at the history of the award-winning factory, which was established around 1920 in what was formerly Burnside Distillery.

Betty McNaugton brought a photograph into the Courier’s office which shows her father and grandfather, who were both employees of the creamery, with other staff, beside what is believed to be the company’s first milk lorry. She estimates that the image may have been taken in 1925 or 1926.

Betty said: ‘My father was the first driver for the creamery. He came from Stranraer, where he also worked in a creamery – Dunragit, I think it was.’

William Copeland was born in 1889 and retired from the creamery after about 30 years.

‘He delivered milk,’ Betty added. ‘He carried big cans on his shoulders.’

She does not know in what capacity her grandfather worked at the creamery.

There are some names written on the back of the photograph but there are also some question marks – if anyone knows the remaining names, please get in touch with the Courier.

CAPTION: With Campbeltown Creamery’s first milk lorry: Boys at the back: G Alexander and R MacPherson. Middle, standing: G Alexander, W Copeland (Betty’s dad), L Johnstone, unknown, unknown, J McKerrow, unknown, unknown, and D Wallace (Betty’s grandfather). Front, resting on the churn: D Campbell, Neil Killin and unknown. NO_c46creamerydml01

Fur: from high fashion to mooted material

It was reported in the national press last week that the Queen will no longer buy new outfits containing real fur.

The ‘fur ban’ may not apply to pieces already in Her Majesty’s wardrobe, with the Queen still expected to wear historic items such as the Robe of State, a long mantle which consists of an ermine cape and a long crimson velvet train also lined with ermine, which was made for her Coronation in 1953.

Despite falling out of favour due to increasing animal rights campaigns, fur was once the height of fashion as well as being a statement of one’s wealth and social status.

A 1919 Campbeltown Courier advertisement for The Russian Fur Stores, Glasgow, promotes a week-long sale of the ‘most magnificent collection of furs ever displayed in Campbeltown’. The collection included ladies’ and children’s coats made from skunks, foxes, sables, minks, stoats and white foxes.

It is not the only advertisement which shows the huge difference in attitudes and beliefs 100 years ago, with one notice promoting Wincarnis tonic wine as ‘an offer of new health to all who are weak, anaemic, “nervy” and rundown’.

Another demonstrates the stereotypical gender roles which existed at the time as it describes Brown and Polson’s corn flour as ‘a helping hand to housewives’, beside the image of a woman wearing an apron.

Some adverts, however, like those for Campbeltown Picture House, would not look out of place in the Courier today.