From Our Files, December 18 2020

In 1995: Christopher and Mark help load the Blue Peter appeal bags into Mr Mackenzie’s car.
In 1995: Christopher and Mark help load the Blue Peter appeal bags into Mr Mackenzie’s car.

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TEN YEARS AGO
Friday December 17 2010

Machrihanish Dunes says no to wind farm

The owners of the multi-million pound Machrihanish Dunes golf complex have thrown their weight firmly behind the campaigners fighting to stop more than 100 giant wind turbines off the coast.

Marc Wexler of Kintyre Development Co Ltd, the company behind the Machrihanish Dunes Golf Club, The Village at Machrihanish, comprising holiday cottages, The Old Clubhouse and the Ugadale Hotel, as well as the Royal Hotel in Campbeltown, told the Courier this week: ‘We are extremely troubled by, and opposed to, the proposed Kintyre wind farm.’

He said the concern came after investing time, money and effort in an unspoiled area only to now face a massive wind farm 2km offshore.

The company agrees with the need for renewable energy but says the Machrihanish offshore plans are deeply flawed. ‘We strongly encourage all citizens of Kintyre to express their opposition,’ he said.

TWENTY FIVE YEARS AGO
Friday December 22 1995

Paper boys’ very special collection for charity

Three Campbeltown school boys collected eight bin bags of old paper for TV’s Blue Peter appeal in just three weeks.

Christopher Morrison, Mark McKerral and Kenneth Graham from primary 6-7 at Castlehill school got donations from other pupils, teachers and Campbeltown Hospital next door.

This year’s Blue Peter appeal aims to collect 5,000 tonnes of glossy paper, old Christmas cards, white envelopes and office paper.

The cash raised by recycling the paper will be used to buy 100 special wheelchairs.

The Tesco store in Campbeltown is one which does not have a special collection point for the appeal so it made arrangements to take the boys’ bags up to the nearest collection point in Coatbridge.

Last Monday, Mr McKenzie from the store visited the school to pick up the boys’ bags to get them ready to send off.

FIFTY YEARS AGO
December 11 1970

Jack is back

Jack Bruce, owner of Sanda Island, arrived in Campbeltown yesterday and booked in at the Ardshiel Hotel.

Bruce, former bass guitarist and vocalist with the legendary pop group the Cream, is recognised as one of the pop world’s leading musicians.

After leaving the now defunct Cream, Jack made a highly successful LP of his own, along with some equally competent friends, called ‘Songs for a Tailor’.

He has since joined forces with three other well-respected musicians and formed Lifetime, which is already making an impact in the world of progressive music.

Boom, bang-a-bang

Concorde 002 flew over Campbeltown at 53,500 feet on Saturday.

Flying more than 10 miles up, and twice the speed of sound – about 1,345 mph – the ‘big bird’ caused quite a stir in the area.

Its sonic boom was possibly the loudest heard in Campbeltown yet.

Mr John Cochrane, British Aircraft Corporation’s deputy chief pilot, was at the controls with Mr Eddie McNamara as co-pilot.

ONE HUNDRED YEARS AGO
Saturday December 11 1920

Scottish Land Court – a Kintyre appeal

A final order has been issued by the Scottish Land Court in an appeal by the landlord, Sir PJ Mackie, Bart, Glenreasdale, in the application by Duncan Munro, Whitehouse Kintyre, to determine where he is a landholder or a statutory small tenant, and for consequent orders.

A decision in favour of the applicant was given in November 1919. The landlord claimed that through inadvertent evidence upon which he proposed to rely had not been led before the court below and the appeal was allowed. Having heard the additional evidence, the higher court have now refused the appeal, and find the landlord appellant liable in expenses.

In the course of a note, the court state that it was not disputed that the applicant was a yearly tenant of his house and land, and that his tenancy did not cease on his employment being brought to an end.

Section 33 of the Crofters Act, 1886, does not therefore apply, as these subjects were not let during the continuance of the employment, and he was not a tradesman placed in the district by the landlord for the benefit of the neighbourhood.

Indeed, the respondent’s agent refused to found upon that section, and he placed his case upon the general argument that as this house was required for an estate servant, it would be a great hardship for the proprietor to be deprived of its use for that purpose, after the applicant’s intimation that he did not propose any longer to accept employment from the estate.

The tenant has fulfilled all the statutory conditions and titling him to be declared a statutory small tenant, and we have no option but to grant an order to that effect. We therefore agree with the court below that this play falls to be repelled.

The only other points raised by the respondent was that these subjects did not constitute a holding in respect that the ground attached to the house was of comparatively small extent. For the reasons stated by Mr Barber, we do not see that we can give effect to this plea, and as the appellants agent stated that he did not raise any question on the amount of rent fixed, we have refused the appeal.

Agent for the landlord – Mr Archd. Leslie WS of Alex, Morrison & Co., WS Edinburgh.

Agent for the tenant – Mr Archd. Stewart, solicitor, Campbeltown.