From Our Files, October 9 2020

In 2010: All the award winners at the South Kintyre Sports Awards ceremony with David Laing of the Scottish Association of Local Sports Councils.
In 2010: All the award winners at the South Kintyre Sports Awards ceremony with David Laing of the Scottish Association of Local Sports Councils.

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TEN YEARS AGO
Friday October 8, 2010

South Kintyre Sports Awards

People who are involved in sport in the South Kintyre Community were recognised at an awards ceremony on Saturday night.

Vice chairman of the Scottish Association of Local Sports Councils, David Laing, travelled to Campbeltown with his wife for the occasion to present the awards.

An independent panel of judges collated and assessed the nominations and the winners were revealed at the dinner dance on Saturday evening.

Run by the South Kintyre Sports Council, the awards are designed to give recognition to people involved in sport in the community, some of whom give up a vast amount of their own time to volunteer.

TWENTY FIVE YEARS AGO
Friday October 13, 1995

Mysterious fire destroys factory

Police are treating a blaze which badly damaged the KV Wooster factory in Campbeltown as ‘suspicious’.

The fire was spotted just before 11.30pm on Saturday.

Two appliances from Campbeltown Fire Station were quickly on the scene.

The first that many people living nearby knew of the fire was when they heard a series of bangs coming from the model airplane factory.

Thick clouds of black smoke drifted from the factory as flames, fanned by high winds, shot high into the sky.

There were fears that the flames would reach bottled gas and agricultural fuel stored in a nearby compound operated by County Fuels.

Mr Mike Carmichael, owner of County Fuels, was among those who went to the scene.

He told The Courier: ‘There are about 900 bottles of gas stored there, but we are inspected regularly by the Health and Safety Executive and we adhere strictly to their stringent regulations, which leave a large margin of safety.’

One eye-witness told The Courier he saw a bright red spot developing on the steel cladding of the building.

‘It just kept getting bigger and bigger,’ he said.

FIFTY YEARS AGO
Thursday October 8, 1970

Campbeltown competitors make strong start at Mod

A flying start was made by Campbeltown competitors in this year’s National Mod – the 67th – at Oban. In the first three days of competitions, three firsts fell to Campbeltown.

Fourteen-year-old Norman MacKinnon took the junior silver medal in his first attempt at that level of competition.

Another Grammar Schoolboy, Maurice Duncan, came first in the junior violin competition.

To complete the trio of successes, the top piping prize – the John Player Gold Banner – was won by Hugh A MacCallum.

On Tuesday, 23-year-old teller at the Campbeltown Clydesdale Bank branch, Seamus Gallacher was first in the sea song solo contest.

In brief

About 50 members attended the annual dinner of the Campbeltown Sailing Club at the White Hart Hotel on Friday.

The season’s prizes were presented:

O’Hara Cup and Davaar Cup – Jim Cuthbert. Keith Cup, Curlew Cup, Points Shield RNLI Pennant and Vice-Commodore’s Prize – John W G Logan. McCallum Cup – Campbell Weir. Nicolson Cup – Robert H Craig. Commodore’s Prize – John F Kerr. Crew Cup – Alistair H Livingstone.

ONE HUNDRED YEARS AGO
Saturday October 9, 1920

Interesting gift to Campbeltown Museum

Mrs Duncan Mackinnon of Balinakill has presented to Campbeltown Museum a gilt model of the temple of King Solomon in memory of her husband.

The model is of exceptional interest, as it shows with remarkable clearness, even to the uninitiated, the wonderful architecture and craftsmanship of that remote period.

Unfortunately, owing to the accommodation in the museum being limited, it has not been found possible to erect more of the model than the temple proper and the altar court, the outer and inner courts of the temple having meantime to be dispensed with.

While this circumstance detracts in a way from the true magnificence of the historic structure being fully displayed, the main portion which it has been found possible to construct conveys a wonderful idea of the remarkable achievements of the architects and builders of King Solomon’s time, and Mrs Mackinnon’s gift will undoubtedly lend an interest and distinction to the local museum which must be exceptional.

The Library and Museum Committee, in accepting the gift, have conveyed their most cordial thanks to the donor.