Meet Kintyre’s heroic Davids

Some of Kintyre's heroic Davids, from left: David Armour, David Cox and David Fyfe.
Some of Kintyre's heroic Davids, from left: David Armour, David Cox and David Fyfe.

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By Hannah O’Hanlon

Analysis commissioned by a British name label manufacturer has revealed David as the UK’s most heroic name of 2020, something which may come as little surprise to people in Kintyre, which has more than its fair share of admirable men of that moniker.

Courier readers will already be familiar with the good deeds carried out by several Davids last year, including David Brown, who ran, walked or cycled five kilometres every day of 2020 to raise money for various charities; David Young, from Glencraigs Farm, who welcomed people to his fields of sunflowers, poppies and wildflowers throughout August in exchange for donations to Kintyre charity Shopper-Aide; David Armour, who cycled more than 500 miles during September to raise funds for Diabetes UK and David Macpherson, who revealed plans to raise money for key workers ahead of his attempt to become the first person to reach the summit of Ben Nevis in a special wheelchair.

But there are many more Davids who deserve recognition who have helped the community through one of the most challenging years in many people’s lives.

They include David Mayo, chairman of the board of directors at Campbeltown Community Business (CCB) which owns and operates Campbeltown Picture House (CPH), David Fyfe, head teacher of Campbeltown Grammar School (CGS), and Campbeltown RNLI coxswain David Cox.

Mr Mayo and his team have faced considerable challenges over the past year, during which the Covid-19 pandemic caused severe disruption to the whole hospitality sector, forcing difficult decisions to be made.

Substantial funding support had to be found to keep the operation afloat and to allow the cinema to open as much as possible during the periods of lockdown. Following enforced shut-down in March 2020, CPH was able to re-open from September to December, one of very few cinemas in the UK to do so.

At CGS, Mr Fyfe had to consider the variety of needs of the school’s children and their parents, his own needs and those of his family as he supported the entire network of staff, which includes several more Davids – music teacher David Cosgrove and maths teachers David Hamilton and David MacDonald.

The heroic work of all the school’s staff through lockdown ranges from supervising vulnerable and key workers’ children in the HUB and the challenges of online learning, to packing and distributing food parcels and delivering hot lunches in the community.

As lifeboat coxswain, Mr Cox leads a crew which includes several heroic Davids – David Mullen, David Ward, David Campbell, David Colville and David Reid.

Despite still having to attend all call-outs, in full kit and PPE, the team’s training came to a halt soon into the first lockdown, but they were eventually able to return to training on a two-week rotation, one week on land, the other offshore.

Having to physically distance proved incredibly hard for the crew, with multiple people required to safely carry out some tasks.

Even small rescues using the Y-Boat – the vessel on top of the Severn-class lifeboat, not to be confused with the inshore rescue boat which is towed on a trailer – presented challenges given the amount of space on the boat.

Masks were, and continue to be, worn inside the wheelhouse at all times and when working closely together outside on the deck.

These Davids – and, of course, so many other people in the community – helped navigate the community through unprecedented and challenging circumstances in many different ways.

If you know of a heroic David who deserves a shout-out, please let us know by emailing editor@campbeltowncourier.co.uk or telephoning 01586 555453.

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