From Our Files, November 27 2020

In 1920: A farm ‘in good heart’ was for rent on Islay; right next door to Lagavulin and as much free pot ale from the distillery as your pigs could eat thrown in with the deal.
In 1920: A farm ‘in good heart’ was for rent on Islay; right next door to Lagavulin and as much free pot ale from the distillery as your pigs could eat thrown in with the deal.

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TEN YEARS AGO
Friday November 26 2010

Pride of Campbeltown: Junior Brass voted best in the land

Now the rest of Scotland knows what Campbeltown has known all along: that Campbeltown Junior Brass are the best in the land.

For the second time this year the youngsters made a long bus journey to represent the town at a competition. This time it was to Perth to compete in the novice section of the Scottish Youth Championships, arriving in Perth on Saturday for Sunday’s competition.

And on Sunday, playing third out of 20 bands, they had to leave before the results were announced. So there was much cheering and celebrating on the West Coast Motors bus on the journey home when the news came through that they had done the town proud and received a gold award and first place.

This was an amazing feat for such a young and inexperienced band; the youngest member Erin McLellan celebrated her eighth birthday on Sunday and the oldest member was only 14.

TWENTY FIVE YEARS AGO
Friday December 1 1995

No pledge on munitions dump survey

There are no immediate plans for a survey of underwater munitions dumps in the Clyde and North Channel areas.

Scientists from the marine research laboratory at Torry last week completed their survey of the area between the Beaufort’s Dyke dump and the nearby site of British Gas pipe laying operations.

The operation has been blamed for disturbing thousands of Second World War fire bombs which were washed up on beaches in Kintyre, Mid Argyll, Islay, Jura, Gigha, Arran, North Ayrshire and Northern Ireland.

But Scottish Office minister Raymond Robertson told MPs last week that the evidence connecting the pipe laying with the firebombs was ‘circumstantial’.

Mr Robertson refused to commit the government to carrying out any further sea bed surveys in the areas around other munitions dumping sites off the west coast of Scotland.

FIFTY YEARS AGO
Thursday 26 November 1970

Criomagan

Mr Donnie Ronaldson, of the Argyll Arms Hotel, Southend, was host to a number of hoteliers and restauranteurs at a display of micro-wave cooking by the Scottish AGH Vending Company of Dundee which is the selling agent for Philips Microwave.

Mr Robert Beveridge, the sales representative, gave a comprehensive demonstration on micro-wave cooking.

Middleton discusses Common Market with fishermen

Mr George Middleton, chairman of the Herring Industry Board, revealed at a press conference last week that the board had been in touch with the Secretary of State for Scotland about the widespread alarm among fishermen about possible Common Market entry.

Mr Gordon Campbell has replied: ‘It is not possible to make anything like the final assessment of the likely effect until we know in detail the regulations the European Economic Community proposes to make in implementation of the Common Fisheries Policy, and until our negotiations for entry have gone much further.’

Mr Middleton assured fishermen on the pier during the discussions that the board existed to protect fishing interests and to fight any policies potentially harmful to the industry. He assured the fishermen that the board was well aware of the dangers entry into the Common Market presented.

ONE HUNDRED YEARS AGO
Saturday November 27 1920

News from Islay – honouring Mr and Mrs Anderson, Carnain

On the evening of Friday November  5 a concert was held in Newton School, the object of which was to give material expression in honour of Mr and Mrs Anderson, Carnain, who lost their two sons (all they had) in the Great War.

The concert was remarkably successful, people being present from almost all parts of Kilchoman as well as from Kilarrow and Kelmeny, and the accommodation was taxed to its utmost capacity.

Mr Cullen, Bridgend, in his own inimitable manner, occupied the chair and voiced the feelings of an enthusiastic audience in an excellent speech.

He said they were gathered there that night to do honour to Mr Angus Anderson, an old soldier and the father of soldiers – of two sons who gave their lives for their King and Country.

Mr Anderson joined the 2nd Argylls in 1884, just 30 years before the Great War broke out. He was, for five and a half years, orderly to Captain M’Neill of Colonsay, latterly Colonel M’Neill – the much-loved Commanding Officer of the 11th Argylls.

Mr Anderson’s two sons were buried in France – John at Mailly Wood and James in an unknown soldier’s grave.

The chairman announced that the proceeds amounted to £19 9s 9d (£19.47) and this was augmented by a handsome cheque from Mr Morrison of Islay House.