From Our Files, February 5 2021

In 2011: The ploughing match’s main winners: Gavin Reid with grandson Ben, Willie Reid, Ian McKendrick with daughter Grace, and Thomas Ralston.
In 2011: The ploughing match’s main winners: Gavin Reid with grandson Ben, Willie Reid, Ian McKendrick with daughter Grace, and Thomas Ralston.

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TEN YEARS AGO
Friday February 4 2011

Gavin ploughs a straight furrow

Gavin Reid emerged overall winner of the Royal Highland Society medal at Kintyre Agricultural Society’s ploughing match on Saturday.

The match, in an excellent field at East Drumlemble Farm, by kind permission of the Ralston family, was well attended by spectators and competitors on a perfect day.

The judges were John Ronald, Kevin Smith and Willie Colville. John Reid and Alex Harvey judged the tractors.

Two pairs of horses competed for the first time since 1958.

TWENTY-FIVE YEARS AGO
Friday February 2 1996

Kinloch Park trees face the chop

A number of historic trees in Campbeltown are facing the axe.

A recent survey of trees belonging to Argyll and Bute District Council has revealed as many as 33 are in poor condition and may need to be felled.

The sycamores at Kinloch Park are amongst the worst hit. The survey, by a private consultant, revealed 11 trees were causing concern.

A number of trees around Kintyre Park have also been identified as suffering from internal fungal rot. The other 11 trees causing concern are spread around the town. They include at least two at the council offices in Dell Road. The trees at Kinloch Park have suffered damage to their bark over the years and this is thought to have contributed to the rot.

Councillors were expected to meet officials to discuss the situation on Wednesday. Councillor George McMillan told the Courier: ‘It is a great pity about the trees that will have to come down. The trees at Kinloch Park have been there as long as anyone alive can remember.’

The council’s policy is to replace any trees which have been felled. Councillor McMillan said he hoped it might be possible to phase the felling over two years.

The trees were planted shortly after the park was created in the early 1880s by infilling the shallow mudflats between Campbeltown and Dalintober.

FIFTY YEARS AGO
Thursday February 4 1971

Quay mishap

Western Ferries’ Campbeltown-Ireland vessel the Sound of Islay was delayed on Monday when a large articulated lorry slipped while being reversed on board.

The cabin unit of the lorry, which is owned by local contractor Mr William McMurchy, was hitched to a trailer loaded with timber. The cabin jack-knifed and damaged the ramp rails on the ferry. No-one was injured.

The lorry, driven by Mr Bruce McMurchy, was later winched off the Sound of Islay.

Operations to free the obstruction were hampered by the state of the tide, which was ebbed at the time.

The ferry left for Red Bay on Monday afternoon.

New houses completed

Campbeltown’s Princes Street redevelopment housing scheme has been completed, three months ahead of schedule.

The first house key will be handed over next Friday.

An official of Campbeltown Town Council said the council was satisfied with the workmanship of the contractors, Ferguson and Martin, the Campbeltown Building consortium.

ONE HUNDRED YEARS AGO
Saturday February 5 1921

District doings – Cour

Dance – What was generally regarded as the final function of the season in this district was held in the recreation hall on the evening of the 29th ultimate and compared favourably with any similar event which preceded it.

Fortified by tact and experience, the committee displayed unusual talent throughout the proceedings and the programme submitted was of a varied and interesting nature.

Of a special interest among the vocal items was a pleasing rendition of ‘Let the rest of the world go by’ by Mrs Hendrick, who had a rousing reception, and was the recipient of merited approbation.

The usual visitors were present from distant districts and Tarbert and Torrisdale sent representatives of the ‘fair sex’ which gave Carradale well-grounded reasons to ‘look to its laurels’ and it is generally conceded it takes something over the ordinary to occasion that.

The catering was in the capable hands of Mr Walker who, with Messrs Cameron and Crichton, rose to the occasion as never before in their respective positions and no laudatory adjectives are required now in Kintyre to describe how Mr Henderson discharges his duties as MC.