From Our Files, September 4 2020

In 1995: Vikki Carmichael.
In 1995: Vikki Carmichael.

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TEN YEARS AGO
Friday September 3, 2010

Push for bridle access to Westport

Calls for equine access to Westport Beach have been met with mixed feelings.

With more horses in the area, and some riders coming from outwith, the British Horse Society (BHS) has identified local residents and those from further afield ride on the three-mile stretch of sand from Westport to Machrihanish and require equestrian access.

However, some people feel opening the beach could attract unauthorised use.

The beach, which is also popular with surfers, has a car park at the Westport Beach side on the A83, with a small car park at the Machrihanish side, where the beach is accessed by a pathway owned by Machrihanish Golf Club.

A spokeswoman from the society said: ‘In Argyll, the local authority access officers provide a superb service for all access users, including horse riders, and they have gone to huge lengths to accommodate multi-use access to this splendid beach. BHS is grateful on behalf of all horse riders for efforts to provide access for everyone.’

Ross wins Burgh Cup

Ross Ferguson of Campbeltown was the winner of the Burgh Cup for solo piping at the Cowal Highland Gathering last Friday.

The Burgh Cup is Cowal’s oldest trophy, dating back to 1901.

Ross, who celebrates his 18th birthday today (Friday) took the trophy at his first attempt.

TWENTY FIVE YEARS AGO
Friday September 1, 1995

Highland dancer Vikki triumphs at Cowal

Talented eight-year-old Campbeltown dancer Vikki Carmichael triumphed over dancers five years older than her at a leading Scottish contest last weekend.

Vikki, from Craigdhu Mansions, was the Argyll under 13 champion at Cowal Games. She also came third in the Scottish Championship at Cowal and the Commonwealth Championship in Glasgow a fortnight ago. Both times she was the first-placed Scot.

Vikki also took the Highland and National trophies for under 10s at the Port Glasgow games and won the Under 10s trophy in Callander a week earlier.

FIFTY YEARS AGO
Friday August 27, 1970

‘Combined Operation’ call to cut Campbeltown’s unemployment

A call for a ‘combined operation’ by the government, Highlands and Islands Development Board (HIDB) and Campbeltown Town Council to provide more jobs in Campbeltown was made in Edinburgh to George Younger, Under Secretary of State for Development, by a Campbeltown Town Council deputation.

Baillie NS MacCallum said Campbeltown should be classed as a Special Development Area.

‘Only by direct government intervention,’ he said, ‘can Campbeltown’s position be improved.’

Ex-provost Duncan McMillan pressed the Minister to take ‘immediate action’ on Campbeltown unemployment. He said: ‘This figure of 13.7 per cent is a true figure and not an inflated one, as has been implied on previous occasions.’

Mr Younger congratulated the deputation on its council’s positive approach to Campbeltown’s problems. Mr Younger said he was conscious of all the problems and of the active part the council had taken in highlighting them.

He told the deputation he did not think Campbeltown would gain by being classed as a Special Development Area. He considered there were greater incentives to industrialists under the present HIDB industrial development scheme.

ONE HUNDRED YEARS AGO
Saturday September 4, 1920

Southend – Scholastic

Angus MacVicar, son of the Rev A J MacVicar, who was dux of Southend Public School this year, has been awarded a County Education Authority Bursary of £35, taking first place for Kintyre in the examination. He is not yet 12 years of age and is continuing his education at Campbeltown Grammar School.

The school prizelist for the past session is as follows: Winner of the Kintyre Club prize, Angus MacVicar; seven pupils made perfect attendance, prizes 4 shillings [20 pence] each; 22 pupils made 95 per cent attendance, prizes 2s [10 pence] each; 17 pupils made 90 per cent and under 95 per cent, 1s [five pence] each. The following pupils passed the qualifying examination during the past session: Ella Cameron, Marion McLachlan, Mary McLeod, Maggie Smith, Annie Stewart, Jeanie Wilson, Maggie Young, David McKerral, Angus MacVicar, Thomas Park, Hugh Wilson and James Taylor. Miss Mary CH Cook commenced her duties as assistant on the re-opening of the school.

Editor’s note:

Angus MacVicar, son of the manse (1908 – 2001), was an author with a remarkable output. His crime thrillers were popular and his juvenile science fiction was ground-breaking. His six volume Lost Planet series was also broadcast and televised in the 1950s. He was one of the founding fathers of science fiction in the UK. His was the first science fiction translated into Hebrew and had a huge influence in Israel. It is hard to think of Dr Who ever happening without MacVicar paving the way.

And he worked for the Campbeltown Courier! One of the treasures of 20th century Scottish literature, now mainly remembered for his biographical work, he is well overdue for a revival.

FOOTBALL – Local league opens

Campbeltown and District Junior Football Association has arranged to start the local league competition forthwith and the first match will be played in the Showfield on Saturday evening.

Hearts and Campbeltown have the honour of kicking-off and the game should attract wide interest.

The league this season is composed of four clubs – Drumlemble, Campbeltown, Grammar School Former Pupils and Hearts. Kintyre and Campbeltown Athletic have dropped out.

Kintyre are understood to have amalgamated with Campbeltown. The reduction in the number of competing clubs will doubtless result in a higher and more level standard of play at all the matches.

An eleven from Tarbert travelled to Campbeltown on Saturday last for a return match with Grammar School Former Pupils. There was a big ‘gate’ and a good hard game resulted. The visitors were a well-balanced side and played a hard, bustling game. The Former Pupils were only good in parts and Tarbert were easily the better team. The latter well deserved their 3-2 win.