District News, January 15 2021

Do you recognise any faces in this school photograph?
The photo was actually taken at Whitehouse's primary school, which is no longer in existence, probably around 1935.

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Mystery scholars identified

This photograph of a mystery group of scholars was published in the Courier two weeks ago in a bid to identify the pupils and teachers pictured, the school they attended and the year in which the photo was taken.

It was submitted by Anne Duff, who found it among her items belonging to her late father, Ian MacDonald, a renowned historian and genealogist who died in 2013.

Anne did not think any of her own family members were in the image but thought it could have been taken at Glenbarr Primary School.

Courier reader Alex Gillies got in touch to say that the photo was actually taken at Whitehouse’s primary school, which is no longer in existence, probably around 1935.

Alex’s mother Marjory, now aged 92, is in the photograph and was able to name most of the other children, as follows:

Back row, left to right: teacher Miss Ellis, unknown, Billy Miller, Duncan Thompson, George Miller, unknown, Tommy Bird, teacher Miss Livingston, Margaret Thompson. Middle row: Betty Bird, Margaret Miller, Marjory Bird, Rachel McGregor, Jessie Bird, Joanne Bird, Jenny Henderson, Audrey Graham, Elda McPherson. Front row: Archie Miller, Robert Miller, James McGurk and Jackie Bird.

If any other readers can identify the two remaining unknown pupils, please get in touch by emailing editor@campbeltowncourier.co.uk or telephoning 01586 555453.


Fire station in Covid testing trial

Lochgilphead Fire Station is one of two Covid-19 testing sites introduced as part of a trial to increase access in remote and rural areas.

The trial at Lochgilphead and Thurso fire stations will run between Wednesday January 6 and Friday January 29 in partnership with the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS), which will store samples ahead of courier collection.

Scottish Health Secretary Jeane Freeman said: ‘With this trial, our aim is to give people with Covid-19 symptoms in these areas more consistent access to testing and to see whether this approach could be adopted across other remote and rural areas of Scotland if successful.

‘I am grateful to the SFRS, Argyll and Bute Council, Highland Council and NHS Highland for their excellent partnership working in making this trial possible and for their ongoing support throughout the pandemic.’

Assistant chief officer Stuart Stevens, SFRS director of service delivery, stressed the fire station would retain its capability respond to emergencies, adding: ‘It is imperative that everyone in Scotland, particularly within our more rural and remote communities, has access to consistent testing. We will continue to support the Scottish Government, our partners and communities wherever possible through this challenging time.’