From Our Files, September 11 2020

In 1920: An advertisement from the Courier, reminding readers that it was time to get their ‘pocket lamps’ serviced in time for autumn.
In 1920: An advertisement from the Courier, reminding readers that it was time to get their ‘pocket lamps’ serviced in time for autumn.

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Friday September 10, 2010

Memorial to be restored

Over the years, the condition of Campbeltown War Memorial in the centre of the town has deteriorated, but now a group has been formed to restore the historic monument.

It is hoped the structure at Kinloch Park, facing the Esplanade, will be reinstated to its former glory.

Many of its name plaques are cracked and the monument appears to be leaking internally with the grounds surrounding it being of relatively high maintenance.

The group consists of Argyll and Bute Council’s town centre manager Aileen MacLennan; street scene area manager Tony Lambert; councillors Rory Colville and Donald Kelly; George Rahman of the Campbeltown branch of the Royal British Legion Scotland and John Pemble of the RAF Association.

Friday September 15, 1995

Gigha minister speaks out on B&B ban

Gigha’s minister has spoken out against the island’s owner for trying to stop islanders taking in bed and breakfast guests.

The Rev Herbert Gunneberg said the owner, Derek Holt, and his son-in-law, the estate manager Mr William Howden, were ending a traditional freedom enjoyed by islanders for generations.

As tenants’ leases have expired, they have been given new tenancy agreements banning them from taking in bed and breakfast guests. Mr Gunneberg said: ‘The idea of the island only being an estate and not a community is wrong.’

The Courier understands tenants have been told they can only take in guests when the island’s 13-room hotel, run by Mr Howden, is full.

Mr Gunneberg said he had spoken to Mr Holt and Mr Howden about their policy with no success.

He said: ‘I told them of this picture of a welcoming island but that didn’t concern them. They said the hotel had to be full first.’

Grant for Machrihanish laboratory

Scientific research worth £150,000 is to be carried out at Machrihanish.

The money has been given to Stirling University’s Institute of Aquaculture by the government to carry out research into sea lice disease.

The work will be carried out at the university’s Marine Environmental Research Laboratory just outside the village.

Friday September 10, 1970

Work may begin on pool by end of year

Work on Campbeltown’s swimming pool could start at the Kirkland site before the end of the year.

The problem of heating the pool has been resolved with preference being shown for an oil-heating system. And lockers, rather than baskets, will be used.

Swimming Pool Committee president Harry Moffat told the Courier: ‘At last it looks as if we’re going to get a swimming pool and I hope nothing in the economic situation of the country will stop it now.’

Pupils visit tanker

Fifty children from St Kieran’s, Castlehill and Dalintober primary schools recently visited the 25,000-ton US Navy fleet tanker Marius.

The pupils, accompanied by three teachers, were shown round the tanker, which has a crew of 250 and met Captain Louie B Hoop.

They had high tea aboard and each pupil received a gift on leaving. It was an interesting experience for the children and one they would be more than willing to repeat.

Saturday September 11, 1920

Sparks and flashes

In the piping competition for juveniles at Cowal Highland Games Ronald M’Callum, Millknowe, Campbeltown, was awarded second prize.


Pursuing his crusade against mixed bathing, Councillor Clark has produced an idea that may startle even his native Ballachulish. His ideal costume for men bathers is a wool sweater with sleeves and a kilt reaching to the knees, preferably of tartan.


Playing at Royal Aberdeen Golf Club, Balnagownie, in the Scottish Professionals Section qualifying stage of the ‘News of the World’ Tournament, Mr A M’Arthur, Machrihanish, made the creditable return of 79 and 81, tieing for 12th place out of an entry of 26 of the leading Scottish pros. The Balnagownie course is more than 6,000 yards and makes a fine test of golf.


Sir William Sutherland KCB MP visited Campbeltown last weekend, arriving here on Saturday evening and leaving early on Monday morning.

We understand his visit had a connection with the Drumlemble pit. It says much for the exhaustless energy of our MP that between engagements in Oban and the north, Glasgow and London, he should squeeze in a flying visit to Campbeltown.