From Our Files, January 8 2021

In 1996: Courier reporter Jamie McIvor captured this beautiful winter view of Campbeltown Loch from the windows near the top of Lorne and Lowland Church’s tower last weekend
In 1996: Courier reporter Jamie McIvor captured this beautiful winter view of Campbeltown Loch from the windows near the top of Lorne and Lowland Church’s tower last weekend

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TEN YEARS AGO
Friday, January 7 2011

Gates locked at Skykon

The fight is on to save the Skykon factory at Machrihanish, its 130 jobs and the prospect of many more in its new extension, which is lying completed but empty.

The workforce was told not to return to work after the holiday break because there was no money to pay them but the company’s order book could be its salvation.

Colin Dempster and Andrew Davison of Ernst and Young have been appointed administrators of Skykon Campbeltown Ltd; its Danish parent went into administration last month.

Mr Davison said: ‘We are currently reviewing the facility’s financial position and order books with a view to assessing its immediate trading prospects. Some initial expressions of interest have been made and all options will be explored.’

TWENTY FIVE YEARS AGO
Friday, January 5 1996

Thaw cuts water supplies

The New Year thaw brought water shortages to much of Kintyre and the islands.

Strathclyde Regional Council water workers, Argyll and Bute District Council housing maintenance teams, local plumbers and even the police were swamped with calls as pipes burst and water supplies were cut off.

Many homes served by Aucha Lochy water treatment works near Campbeltown were cut off on New Year’s Day as the water pressure dropped due to burst pipes.

The treatment plant was hit by a shutdown which has been blamed on a computer problem.

As more burst pipes thawed out and started leaking, demand rose beyond the level which could be met by the treatment plant and its depleted storage tanks.

As the amount of water available fell, so did the water pressure and homes on higher ground lost their supplies.

Many parts of Southend were without water for 24 hours because there was not enough pressure in the pipes from Aucha Lochy to feed the pumping station at Auchencorvie.

A water department spokesman said the high demand for water had mainly been caused by the amount wasted by burst pipes.

FIFTY YEARS AGO
Thursday, January 7 1971

Local fan’s bus cancelled unexpectedly on eve of disaster match

The Ne’erday clash between Glasgow soccer rivals Rangers and Celtic is normally attended by a bus-load of Campbeltown Rangers supporters.

This year, however – for the first time since the local Rangers Supporters Association was founded in 1947 – no bus travelled to the game.

The secretary of the association, Mr Peter McKinley, 21 John Street, Campbeltown, explained that only 17 supporters showed any interest in the game – and the minimum number required to make the trip financially possible is 30.

The bus was cancelled on the evening before the match.

Mr McKinley told the Courier that he was relieved that the trip had not been possible.

The exit at which 66 people were killed and hundreds injured at Ibrox Park on Saturday was the one always used by the Campbeltown contingent of supporters, he said.

Mr McKinley is organising a dance and raffle in aid of the Ibrox disaster fund. Local beat group, the Sloe-Gin, will play at the dance without charge on Friday, January 29.

Mr McKinley hopes to have the raffle on the way by the beginning of next week.

ONE HUNDRED YEARS AGO
Saturday, January 1 1921

New Year holiday attractions

The entertainments arranged in town for the New Year holidays present attractions of an ample and varied description.

Out of doors football holds the field, a series of interesting games have been arranged for both for New Year’s Day and the following Monday.

The evenings can be pleasantly filled by a series of entertainments of great promise, while an exceptionally large exhibition of poultry, pigeons, cage birds and rabbits has been organised by the Campbeltown Ornithological Society.

The local Picture House management have made very complete arrangements for the crowds who are sure to include in the holiday rounds a visit to ‘the pictures’.

During Saturday, Monday and Tuesday, continuous shows will be given from 2 o’clock in the afternoon, doors opening at 1.30.

The principal picture for Saturday is entitled ‘In the Hollow of Her Hand’ and it will be supplemented by a number of other interesting films both topical and humorous.

A change of picture will be made on Monday and again on Tuesday when the principal films will be ‘The Judgement of the Desert’ and ‘The Merry-Go-Round’ respectively.

The latter will be continued on Wednesday, and will be followed on Thursday, Friday and Saturday with a striking film entitled ‘The Snares of Paris’.

This varied programme will be welcomed by patrons and should result in sustained interest in shows at the Picture House during the holiday period.

On New Year’s night, a concert will be given in the Victoria Hall under the auspices of the local branch of the Comrades of the Great War. The programme, which is printed in this issue, is one of rare promise and, wholly sustained by local amateur talent, and should attract a bumper house.

The concert is undoubtedly being look forward to with keen anticipation by the public, all the singers who have consented to appear are known to possess a vocal talent of an exceptionally high order.