Leader, December 25 2020

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Wishing you a safe Christmas

Campbeltown always manages to find innovative ways to mark special occasions, even if it’s not in the traditional way.

This year has been challenging in so many ways for so many people but one thing it has shown us is an unwavering sense of community spirit.

Since the initial outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic in March, when an army of volunteers mobilised to ensure that every citizen of Kintyre was looked after, until now, people have shown unbelievable dedication to their community.

This year must have been one of the toughest years within living memory for most people. With all the 21st century advances in medicine and technology, could we ever have imagined we would be struck down for so long by a virus like this?

Thanks to the vaccine, we can live in hope that things will change for the better in 2021.

Kintyre’s remoteness and proximity to beaches and hills has had its obvious benefits in recent months, but it is the sense of community which has been the biggest comfort for many.

I have never felt more thankful to live in a small, tight-knit community than during this year, and have never been prouder to call Campbeltown my hometown.

However you are planning to spend this festive season, please stay safe and try to enjoy as much as you can.