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Ten years ago: Monty with owners Louise Farmer and Grieg Ferguson and their prize.
Ten years ago: Monty with owners Louise Farmer and Grieg Ferguson and their prize.

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TEN YEARS AGO
Friday July 16, 2010

Monty knocks the spots off them!

Monty, the 13-month-old Dalmatian puppy owned by Louise Farmer and Grieg Ferguson, of Sound of Kintyre, won best in show at the Campbeltown Pet Show on Saturday.

TWENTY-FIVE YEARS AGO
Friday July 21, 1995

A tooth and nail battle raged to the end of the football season

Campbeltown Pupils AFC manager Alex McKinven looks back at the highs and lows of his side’s season.

This season past will be regarded as the closest fought Premier League campaign on record. With little to choose between most of the sides, the battle still raged on to the very last day of the season.

St Patrick’s from Dumbarton once more proved to be the strongest outfit, securing the championship from a much improved Fernhill Villa, with East Kilbride YMCA a close third.

The real drama, however, was the enthralling battle between no fewer than nine league clubs who fought tooth and nail to avoid the drop, with the local Pupils having the added headache of completing seven fixtures in the last four weekends.

The crucial matches for the local favourites were against the two leading sides, St Pat’s and Fernhill, both matches coming with only one day’s respite separating both fixtures.

On the Saturday, all looked lost against Fernhill, the Pupils trailing by two goals to nil against a side playing at the top of their form and looking certain to clinch both points.

Suddenly it was all to change. The Pupils came back from the edge to score three times in the last 15 minutes to record an astounding victory.

It was then on to Dumbarton and with the adrenalin still coursing through the veins, the Pupils were within an ace of recording a famous victory, but in the end had to settle for a creditable draw.

The final Saturday of the season as a nailbiting affair with Hamilton in 29 points, Cumbernauld on 19 and Gourock Athletic on 17 – the only clear cut situation being that Dalmarnock, with only 14 points, were definitely going to be relegated.

Although shielded by a better goal difference, the Pupils realised that an eleventh hour disaster could still see them take the plunge.

They travelled to Camphill with a steely determination and never looked like being second best, running out winners by two goals to one and in the process they were able to steer themselves to a mid table position. In the end Gourock Athletic went down.

FIFTY YEARS AGO
Thursday July 16, 1970

Rates rise again

The new county rates should be 17s 10d in the £ for dwelling houses and 21s 2d in the £ for other properties. This was proposed at yesterday’s meeting of Argyll County Council Finance Committee by the committee chairman, Mr L. G. Hinge.

This is an increase of 1s on the domestic rate, and 1s 10d on the general rate, the same increases as were made last year.

The services hardest hit by the increases are education, social work, roads and police.

The net expenditure on education was up by £238,542 on last year. More than £166,000 of that went on teachers’ salaries.

Social work cost £37,966 more last year. This provides for a full year of the Dunoon Eventide Home, the first full year since its opening. Mr Hinge stated that he had asked the chairman of the Social Work Committee to consider carefully before embarking on the many new kinds of expenditure which St Andrew’s House are encouraging county authorities to undertake.

Classified roads costs increased by £37,590, after allowing for a reasonable increase in maintenance expenditure.

The police service cost an extra £27,751.

Councillor Hinge said: ‘The cost of borrowing for our capital programmes has reached histrionically high levels over the past year, and I knew that local authorities who had relied on temporary loans had been forced to pay in March and April over 15 per cent for them.

‘So in the finance sub-committee we had warned the chairman of spending committees to exercise a tight control of their expenditure, and, wherever possible in the budget, to delete and defer any proposals for expansions to their services.

‘We budgeted for an expenditure of £5,033,183 and actually spent 98.78 per cent of this, leaving a useful surplus of £61,317. Our actual income, other than Rate Support Grant, exceeded our estimate by 1.44 per cent, another surplus of £16,478.

‘The real windfall came in rate support grants where the new calculation at the end of the year produced a surplus of £83,391 for the landward area.’

ONE-HUNDRED YEARS AGO
Saturday July 17, 1920

Royal visits of other days – Queen Victoria at Campbeltown

The visit this week to the Clyde of King George and Queen Mary recalls the historic occasion when Queen Victoria spent a night on board ship in Campbeltown Loch.

The story of that visit has been preserved in Cuthbert Bede’s ‘Argyll’s Highlands’, a most interesting volume now out of print.

Queen Victoria’s visit to Campbeltown, or rather Campbeltown Harbour, was on Saturday, September 17, 1847 on her way from her then Highland home at Ardverikie.

It was the first royal visit paid to old Ceann Loch since the days of the old Scottish kings.

The royal squadron arrived at Campbeltown on the Saturday afternoon. Her majesty had gone to Ardverikie, near Fort William, that year through the Crinan Canal, and returned by the same route.

On the day when she came to Campbeltown the portion of the squadron that accompanied her to Crinan, as soon as she landed there to go on board the track-boat, set off round the Mull of Kintyre and so reached Campbeltown from the south.

The other ships were waiting at Ardrishaig, having gone there some days previously. It so happened that the two divisions of the squadron met just as they were entering the harbour, and it is said that it was Her Majesty who first descried the vessels that rounded the Mull as she sailed down Kilbrannan Sound.

Campbeltown was splendidly illuminated for the occasion, and bonfires blazed on quays and on the surrounding hills. The whole population was abroad, and in a state of highest excitement and delight.

Her majesty frequently showed herself upon deck, so did also the Prince Consort, until the shadows of night began to fall, so that the Campbeltown people had a good opportunity of seeing her and she could view our beautiful harbour and town to great advantage.