From Our Files, February 12 2021

An advert from 1926. Does anyone remember the Neil Munro story about Para Handy and the bridescake in the window of a Campbeltown baker’s? Perhaps it was James C McMurchy’s.
An advert from 1926. Does anyone remember the Neil Munro story about Para Handy and the bridescake in the window of a Campbeltown baker’s? Perhaps it was James C McMurchy’s.

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TEN YEARS AGO
Friday February 11 2011

Storm force winds cause disruption around Kintyre

Kintyre was battered by winds gusting up to storm force 10 on the Beaufort scale during the gale last Thursday night.

Control tower staff say that readings taken at Campbeltown Airport showed mean wind speeds of 45 to 50 knotts and the highest gusts measured 57 kn, or 65 miles per hour.

The Thursday evening scheduled Loganair service from and to Glasgow was cancelled but the service resumed on Friday morning.

The Gigha ferry also lost sailings on Thursday afternoon and Friday morning.

Power supplies were also hit in the Tayinloan and Glenbarr areas; Glenbarr school was closed on Friday as a result. Campbeltown Grammar School had some minor storm damage but did not close and the caravan kept in the school grounds and used during outdoor classwork was blown over.

On Monday, winter returned with sleet and snow at Tayinloan and on higher ground around Kintyre. People travelling further afield found snow on the Rest and Be Thankful on the A83.

TWENTY-FIVE YEARS AGO
Friday February 9 1996

Shipyard wins £1.5 million contract

Campbeltown Shipyard has netted a £1.5 million order which will safeguard the jobs of all its workers for most of 1996.

Campbeltown Shipyard Ltd this week signed a contract to design and build a new trawler for the Fraserburgh-based Steadfast Fishing Company.

The contract is for a 25-metre trawler with the latest electronic equipment.

Building work will start at the Trench Point yard later this month. The vessel will be finished in October at Buckie Shipyard in Grampian, which was acquired by Campbeltown Shipyard’s parent company Lithgows Ltd last year. The vessel will be the first to benefit from Lithgows’ new shipbuilding system which integrates computer-aided design and manufacturing at Campbeltown with Buckie Shipyard’s finishing craftsmanship.

The Steadfast Fishing Company’s senior partner, Mr Sandy West, said he was delighted his company was able to place a big order with a Scottish yard.

He said: ‘I am delighted that in spite of the severe competition during tendering for this work that not only were we able to place this contract with a Scottish yard, but that it should be the combined Lithgows’ yards – thus enabling us to benefit from their long tradition of excellence in shipbuilding and marine engineering.’

Managing director of Lithgows Ltd, Mr Hugh Currie, said the order was a further endorsement of the Campbeltown and Buckie yards’ reputation for quality.

He said: ‘The new contract will ensure ongoing employment for our existing workforce for the year ahead.’

Mr Currie added there was a strong possibility of more orders being won in the coming months.

RAF confirms date for base pull out

The RAF is to pull out of Machrihanish at the end of March with the loss of 18 civilian jobs – but the air ambulance and service flights to Glasgow will continue.

The Ministry of Defence (MOD) announced on Wednesday that the last servicemen at the base were to pull out within seven weeks. All 18 civilian workers at the base will lose their jobs as a result.

Since April 1994, the base has been operating on a care and maintenance basis only. Now the MOD, after consultation with NATO, wants to cut the level of care and maintenance at the station to the absolute minimum acceptable to NATO.

FIFTY YEARS AGO
Thursday February 11 1971

Lunch ban ‘unfair’ – parents

A large number of Campbeltown Grammar School pupils were last week turned away from the school’s dining hall as a punishment for unruly conduct in the queue outside the canteen door.

It is understood that 20 to 30 pupils had to go without lunch – many of whom were from country districts. And the lunch ban has brought reaction from several quarters.

A Courier reporter talked to some of the children who were refused lunch and he was told that there were genuinely innocent children in the group turned away.

The reporter then questioned a number of parents whose children were among those denied a meal.

Only one agreed with the teacher in charge’s decision. The rector later endorsed this decision.

But the remainder felt it was all rather unfair of the school authorities to refuse such a large number of children their lunch. While they were in favour of punishing the children, they thought the treatment meted out was harsh and unnecessary.

ONE HUNDRED YEARS AGO
Saturday February 12 1926

Sparks and flashes

The period of the Clyde ‘fortnight’ has been fixed a week earlier this year. The regattas take place from June 24 to July 5.

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A mass meeting of local ex-servicemen is to be held shortly to decide what is to be done with a grant which has been received from the United Services Fund.

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A special meeting of Court Argyll AOF, will be held in the Christian Institute on Monday evening to consider additional benefits under the National Health Insurance scheme.

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The Presbytery of Glasgow has sustained a call from St Paul’s congregation to the Rev J M Jeffrey, Dunning. Mr Jeffrey was a one time assistant-in-charge at Lorne Street Church, Campbeltown.