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Will’s well-deserved recognition
Will Anderson’s High Street Heroes Award came as welcome news this week.
While many people, in many different roles, worked tirelessly to support the community during lockdown, Will’s efforts didn’t go unnoticed by his customers, particularly the person who nominated him for the award.
Opening a new business at any time must be challenging but to deal with something so unprecedented, just a few months in, takes a lot of guts.
As his nomination said, his work sourcing products to ensure his shelves remained stocked meant people did not have to travel to buy essentials during the peak of the lockdown.
End of an era for McIlcheres
It will be strange for Campbeltown to exist without McIlcheres in the centre of Main Street.
Over the years, the smell of sausages and bacon cooking has tempted many people into the shop, who were no doubt then further tempted by one of Argyll Bakeries’ Danish pastries.
McIlcheres provided many youngsters with their first Saturday or holiday job and the town won’t be the same without it.
It is, however, heartening to see another local business expanding and prospering at a time when so many are struggling – good luck to Linda McLean with her move across the street.
Several other businesses have opened up in recent weeks or are preparing to open soon. Hopefully the pandemic has helped remind us of the value of our high street shops.