From Our Files, September 18 2020

In 2010: Children playing in the revamped garden at Campbeltown Nursery.
In 2010: Children playing in the revamped garden at Campbeltown Nursery.

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TEN YEARS AGO
Friday September 17, 2010

Rest and Be Thankful blighted by yet another landslide

A landslide on the A83 at the Rest and Be Thankful briefly disrupted traffic earlier this week.

The road was closed for just over an hour on Monday evening as workers from Scotland TranServ worked to clear around 150 tonnes of mud from the carriageway, following the slip at 5.20pm.

A single carriageway contraflow system was put in operation, with the road fully re-opening at 4.30pm on Tuesday. Monday’s landslide took place place between the Dunoon road end and Butterbridge.

A spokeswoman for Transport Scotland explained: ‘The slide occurred 500 metres away from the road and followed the path of the stream down to the road where it blocked the road culvert causing the stream to overtop the road, dropping loose material across the road and caused some damage to the road embankment.

‘This is not considered serious.’

The A83 has been hit by a number of landslides in recent years.

Parents raise funds for playground

Parents of the children at Campbeltown Nursery raised funds for the playground to be revamped, with a picnic bench made by Neil McLennan.

The Employability team made the children’s benches, bird tables and planters.

The team also painted the garden fence and brightened up the overall appearance to make it a better place for children to play.

TWENTY FIVE YEARS AGO
Friday September 22,1995

Calls for arms dump inspection

There have been fresh calls for a full inspection of the weapons dump in Beaufort’s Dyke in the Irish Channel after it was revealed it is almost seven times bigger than previously admitted.

The dump in the Irish Channel is suspected of being the source of munitions washed up in Ireland, Galloway and south-west Argyll in recent years.

Labour’s defence spokesman, South Shields MP Dr David Clark, has promised a Labour government would order regular monitoring of the site if it wins the next General Election.

He told the Courier he would also be writing to recently appointed Defence Minister Mr Michael Portillo calling for immediate testing of the site.

Until recently the Ministry of Defence had said that around 120,000 tons of shells, rockets, bombs and other munitions had been dumped in the 1,500ft deep sea trench between Stranraer and Larne.

But in a letter to the Irish Sea Forum, an environmental watchdog, it admitted that its records were incomplete and the figure could be closer to one million tons.

Youngsters prove their metal

A team of Campbeltown teenagers proved their metal when they tried out an army assault course for charity recently.

Martin Bisset, David Raeside, Stuart Thomson and Stuart Wagstaff from the Highland Parish Boys Club, calling themselves Bon Jovi, completed an assault course set up at Lochgilphead Front Green on September 9 quicker than any other team.

Each year the Mid Argyll Friends of ARMS – the multiple sclerosis charity gets an army assault course set up in Lochgilphead to raise funds.

It is estimated this year’s fun day raised around £5,000.

FIFTY YEARS AGO
Friday September 17, 1970

Canadians on air exercise

Personnel of No 404 Squadron of the Canadian Armed Forces, stationed in Nova Scotia, arrived at RAF Machrihanish on Friday and Saturday for a major NATO wartime exercise called ‘Northern Wedding’.

The operation – to last two weeks – will involve day and night patrols over the Atlantic by the squadron’s ‘Canadair’ Argus aircraft.

The aircraft carries a crew of 15 and can stay airborne for 12 hours.

Fish factories back in production

Campbeltown’s four fish factories are back in production.

The Campbeltown fishing fleet, with the exception of four boats, is at present supplying them with scallops.

On Tuesday four Tarbert vessels, the Caledonia, Fair Dawn, Girl Maureen and Silver Fern landed catches of scallops at Campbeltown.

Only half-a-dozen Irish prawn trawlers remain at Campbeltown and catches are reported to be light.

The Carradale ring-net boat the Harvest Queen, has deserted the herring fishing temporarily to fish for scallops.

Afocal factory has closed

The Afocal optical factory in Campbeltown closed down earlier this week. The entire staff of 13 – subject in previous months to reductions in size – was given a week’s notice last Friday.

Mr Gordon Kean, a director of the firm, said that the equipment in the factory would not be moved.

He said: ‘There’s always a possibility of the factory re-opening – this is why the factory is being left with all the equipment intact.’

ONE HUNDRED YEARS AGO
Saturday September 11, 1920

US flag presented to school

An American lady and gentleman who have been visiting Islay for the purpose of seeing the grave of their son, who was one of the victims of the Tuscania disaster, have presented an American flag to Port Ellen Public School ‘as a light acknowledgement of their appreciation of the kind offices that have been exercised towards them and the care given to the mortal remains of their dear son’.

In concluding a letter sent to the head master of the school the visitors say: ‘The splendid people of Islay promptly ministered to the needs of the American soldiers who survived that disaster, and their hands reverently laid our dead away in their graves. Their kindly spirit had given us much comfort even before we came here. And now that we have come and become acquainted with the conditions and people, we are confirmed in our original intention to leave the body of our son in the soil of Islay.’

Victoria Hall sale

Remember the jumble sale in the Victoria Hall tomorrow afternoon in aid of the funds of the Cottage Hospital.

The hospital is recognised as perhaps the most useful local public institution we possess, and suffering like most institutions of its kind from the fact that the voluntary subscriptions by which it used to be supported have not increased in the same ration as the cost of upkeep, this effort has become necessary in order to keep the purse sufficiently filled.

In 1920: How times have changed - advertisements in 1920 seeking a 'respectable woman' and a 'smart youth'.
In 1920: How times have changed – advertisements in 1920 seeking a ‘respectable woman’ and a ‘smart youth’.