From Our Files, November 20 2020

In 2010: For the first time ever, Royal British Legion Scotland colours were paraded at the Campbeltown War Memorial on Remembrance Sunday. Twins Tommy and Billy Morran carried the Legion standard and Union Flag and piper John McGeachy played Flowers of the Forest during the ceremony.
For the first time ever, Royal British Legion Scotland colours were paraded at the Campbeltown War Memorial on Remembrance Sunday. Twins Tommy and Billy Morran carried the Legion standard and Union Flag and piper John McGeachy played Flowers of the Forest during the ceremony.

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TEN YEARS AGO
Friday November 19 2010

Legion colours on parade

The formation of a new branch of the Royal British Legion of Scotland has revitalised Campbeltown’s annual Service of Remembrance.

The parade to the war memorial at the Kinloch has grown in number and the turnout by members of the public to watch the event was also greater than in previous years.

After the traditional two-minute silence at 11am and wreath-laying, the parade marched to Highland Parish Church for the service and afterwards soup and sandwiches were served at Argyll Bowling Club.

On the day before, the Legion organised a brief service at the war graves in Kilkerran Cemetery.

TWENTY FIVE YEARS AGO
Friday November 24 1995

RAF denies Machrihanish pull-out agreed

The Ministry of Defence and the Scottish Office are remaining tight-lipped about reports that the air strip at RAF Machrihanish is to be put into civilian hands next year.

Talks have been going on about the possibility of the air strip being turned over to Highlands and Islands Airport Ltd.

It is understood that agreement has now been reached for a hand-over in February.

A spokesman for the Scottish Office, which owns Highlands and Islands Airports, would only say that whatever happened to RAF Machrihanish the future of scheduled civilian and air ambulance flights would be secure.

An RAF spokesman would only say that the status of RAF Machrihanish was ‘under constant review’.

In June 1994, the base was put on a ‘care and maintenance basis’ with the transfer of more than 150 RAF personnel to other duties.

The decision came after a £50 million upgrading of the runways, hangers and storage facilities. It also followed a US decision to stop using RAF Machrihanish as an operating base for its maritime patrol aircraft.

FIFTY YEARS AGO
Friday November 20 1970

Bronze Age skeleton uncovered in cist

A tomb, believed to be about 3,400 years old, has been excavated in a field behind Highland Parish Church, Campbeltown.

Dr E Peltenburg, the Glasgow University tutor in extra-mural archaeology for Argyll, excavated the Bronze Age burial cist at the request of Father James Webb, who discovered it recently.

A badly crushed skeleton has been uncovered together with well-preserved grave goods, including jet beads and beautifully worked flint blades.

These finds are being carefully treated and studied at present.

The excavation was a topic of conversation at recent Wednesday afternoon archaeology classes held in Argyll.

Other extra-mural classes in the area include The Life Sciences of Campbeltown, Plant Life of Kintyre, which is held in Tayinloan and a course on western Scotland traditions at Bowmore, Islay.

A new course, Introduction of Astronomy, will start in Campbeltown in January.

Waterspout observed off Kintyre coast

An unusual natural spectacle, a waterspout, was witnessed last Thursday morning on the west coast of Kintyre.

It was estimated by one observer to have been about 1,000 feet in height.

Mr AC MacAllister, Tigh Na Baan, Glenbarr, first saw the waterspout about 10am and drove south keeping it in view.

At one point he was travelling at 70mph, yet he did not succeed in drawing level with it.

The waterspout was in sight for about 20 minutes before it was engulfed by a hail storm off Westport.

Mr MacAllister said: ‘It passed down the coast about a mile offshore. I have seen a film of a waterspout taken in Cyprus so I am certain that this was a genuine waterspout.’

Mr MacAllister mentioned several persons who also witnessed the sight, including farmworkers at Glenbarr.

ONE HUNDRED YEARS AGO
Saturday November 20 1920

A boon to pensioners

The rise in the cost of living during recent years brought in its train many cases of hardship to that class of superannuated public servants whether engaged in teaching, police or other national service.

Retired on allowances which were reasonable at the time these were granted, such pensioners made repeated and, till now, fruitless representations to the Secretary for Scotland through various Scottish MPs.

We are glad to note, however, that their petition has at length secured from the Treasury equitable payment on a percentage basis and regulated according to the whole means of living presently held by a pensioner and his wife.

Full conditions and particulars have just been intimated to those immediately affected. The maximum means of livelihood, inclusive of extra pension allowance, in the case of a married couple, must not exceed the limit of £200.