From Our Files, February 19 2021

In 1971, West Coast Motors placed advertisements in the Courier explaining to confused passengers how the new decimal currency worked.
In 1971, West Coast Motors placed advertisements in the Courier explaining to confused passengers how the new decimal currency worked.

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TEN YEARS AGO
Friday February 18 2011

‘Blow this wind farm plan out of the water’

By keeping Machrihanish in the running for an offshore wind farm, Scottish Ministers have condemned Kintyre to ‘another 18 months of hellish uncertainty’ say campaigners.

Bob Miller of the Kintyre Offshore Wind Farm Action Group said that Marine Scotland and the Scottish ministers ‘have totally missed the point’.

‘We are relying on the government to right the wrong done by Crown Estates when they made their grubby commercial deal with Scottish Southern Energy and sold them our bay without any recourse to the local community and the damage it will do,’ he said.

The action group wants the ministers to rule the Kintyre site out.

By keeping it in play, Mr Miller says it will ‘freeze all tourist and not many non-directly tourist-related investments in Kintyre’.

TWENTY FIVE YEARS AGO
Friday February 16 1996

Traffic misery as road subsides

Kintyre’s motorists could be facing weeks of misery after part of a wall on the main Campbeltown to Carradale road collapsed last week.

Part of High Askomil was closed off after a section of the wall and pavement behind Campbeltown Sailing Club collapsed on Thursday evening.

Strathclyde roads department blocked off the road at its junction with High Street as it feared traffic going past could cause more of the wall and pavement to fall down.

Most traffic is now using Low Askomil – which has a 20 miles per hour speed limit – and a narrow private road at Fort Argyll belonging to Mrs Christine MacArthur which connects Low Askomil with part of High Askomil, well away from the road works.

But Mrs MacArthur’s road cannot cope with heavy vehicles – so lorries and tankers are travelling to farms and villages on Kintyre’s east coast via Skipness and the journey from Campbeltown to Carradale is around 53 miles long.

Many children from Kintyre’s east coast missed school on Friday as the coaches which normally take them into school in Campbeltown were unable to use the diversion.

Strathclyde roads’ supervisory engineer Mr Donnie McLeod said he hoped to know by the end of this week how long it would be before some traffic would be allowed back onto High Askomil.

FIFTY YEARS AGO
Thursday February 18 1971

No problem on D-Day in Campbeltown

On Monday, or D-Day, in the Wee Toon and all over the nation, everyone had to face the hazards of the national change-over from the old coin to the new.

Ever since the decision was made to bring our monetary system into line with most other European countries, much has been said about the difficulties which would have to be faced at the price which would have to be paid. What actually did happen on the day in Campbeltown?

Most shops and businesses had completely changed over to the decimal system on Monday, with the exception of one or two.

The shops which had made the change found no difficulty in the handling of the ‘strange’ money and most people seem to have a good grasp of the system.

However, the older folk were slightly suspicious of the money and in their frustration some of them just handed over any old sum of money in the hope that it was correct.

On the whole, however, the tills were ringing up as smoothly as ever.

Rare fish landed at Campbeltown

A species of the cod family, a grey double bearded hake, was landed at the Old Quay on Friday by the fishing boat Mary McLean, skippered by Mr Duncan McArthur.

It was around two feet in length, and weighed around 4lbs. The fish has large scales and is normally found around Icelandic waters. Its presence in the Kilbrannan Sound area is very rare.

ONE HUNDRED YEARS AGO
Saturday February 19 1921

Submarine flotilla at Campbeltown

The 1st Submarine Flotilla arrived here on Tuesday from the south for the purpose of carrying out exercises in the Firth of Clyde with Campbeltown as the base.

The flotilla comprises HMS Pandora, depot ship; HMS Inconstant, tender and five submarines.

This is the flotilla to which the ill-fated submarine K5, lost recently in the English Channel with all hands, belonged and K12 which is included in the flotilla is a sister ship.

We understand that a charity concert (probably followed by a dance) in aid of the widows and dependents of the officers and men of K5 will be given by the officers and men of the flotilla in the course of the stay here and no doubt such a deserving cause will have the entire sympathy and support of the community.