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TEN YEARS AGO
Friday March 18 2011
Crowds gather to say farewell to HMS Campbeltown
People gathered on Campbeltown’s promenade to say farewell to its namesake ship as she fired an 11-gun salute to mark her visit.
HMS Campbeltown left the town for the last time on Monday morning and she carried out the salute with the ship’s company lining its decks.
A six Verey pistol salute from Dalintober Quay, a lone piper at Campbeltown New Quay and locals to see her off, all packed the front of the town.
The type-22 frigate is due to be decommissioned in Plymouth in April.
During her time here, the ship’s company went ashore to take in the best on offer in Campbeltown, such as surfing, golf and clay pigeon shooting.
She heads for St Nazaire in France on March 25 and then heads for Devonport for her decommissioning on April 7.
TWENTY-FIVE YEARS AGO
Friday March 15 1996
Children’s paddling pool is filled in
Argyll and Bute District Council plans to bulldoze the crazy golf course and trampolines at Kilkerran Green within the next few weeks.
The paddling pool at the Quarry Green children’s play park is being filled as part of the major renovation of the children’s public play area.
The council decided to dismantle the crazy golf and trampoline area and replace them with a £12,000 ‘galleon’ style climbing frame with safety surface.
A council spokeswoman said a putting green was also being considered for the site.
The paddling pool is being filled in after it was learned that it would cost £10,000 to re-line to prevent leaks.
The safety of youngsters using the pool was also causing concerns.
District councillor Mr Archie McCallum said: ‘There have been growing complaints about the amount of broken glass being thrown into the pool during summer months.’
FIFTY YEARS AGO
Thursday March 18 1971
Many strange things have been dragged up in fishing nets, but a find last week by a Campbeltown fisherman beats all we have ever heard about.
Mr William Colville, of Davaar Avenue, is a crewman aboard the local boat Kirsteen Anne (CN263). While he was gutting and cleaning a large cod at sea, something fell onto the deck.
When the deck was cleared and washed down, Mr Colville examined his find… the honeycomb from a bee’s hive!
How on earth it ever managed to find its way to the murky depths and into a cod’s stomach we will never discover.
It is just ‘one of those things’.
Councillors call for removal of ‘eyesore’
Campbeltown councillors are up in arms about a ‘rusting eyesore’ which is lying on the shores of Campbeltown Loch.
The ex-Admiralty tug Empire Ace ran aground at Southend nearly two years ago and was towed to the loch, where it was beached. It has lain at the Rocky Burn area ever since.
The vessel caused a row between the Town Council and the firm who owned it, George Hood and Company of Helensburgh.
At a meeting last September, it was suggested that the firm be charged dues.
Councillor Harry Moffat was quoted as saying: ‘If people are allowed to dump boats in the loch, I can go and dump a car and nobody can do anything about it.’
The council discussed the question of taking legal action against the firm. A considerable number of people have since remarked on the unsightliness of the vessel, which has started to rust.
Fishermen returning from the grounds were using the Empire Ace as a mooring stage while they cleaned and washed their catches.
But a spokesman for the Helensburgh firm said that it had sold the vessel some months ago. The spokesman refused to reveal the identity of the buyers, but after inquiries, we ascertained that it was purchased by McFadyen’s, the local contracting firm.
A spokesman for Archibald McFadyen and Sons said that the Empire Ace was purchased by the firm about two weeks ago.
He added that breaking up work was to start on the vessel ‘within the next few days’.
Tobacco firm expands further
The well-known Campbeltown firm of Richard Daniels Ltd, tobacco wholesalers and distributors, has opened a depot in Peebles, to meet an increased demand from customers on the east coast.
The firm, whose custom stretches from Aberdeen to Middlesborough in England, has just been awarded a ‘very large’ contract from a brewing firm to supply its retail outlet – public houses.
Asked if the Peebles opening would create redundancies locally, Mr James Daniels told the Courier that staff in Campbeltown would be unaffected.
‘It is merely a new phase being added to the business,’ he said.
ONE HUNDRED YEARS AGO
Saturday March 19 1921
Castlehill Church Sunday School
The children of the Kinloch Church Sunday School had a highly enjoyable social evening on Friday last. After the customary tea, brief addresses of a helpful nature were given by Rev N Mackenzie, Mr Drysdale (superintendent of the school), Mr Dick, Mr M’Dougall, Mrs M’Kerrow and the chairman, Rev CVA MacEachran.
Among the singers were Misses M’Naughton, M’Cloy, Black and Burnfield, and among the reciters Misses M’Naughton, Macdonald, and Gilchrist, and John M’Lachlan and Don Gilchrist.
The two most juvenile performers were amongst the best – Nancy Noal and Norman Keith.
A sketch carrying a good moral was cleverly presented as well as a duet in character by J Black and Babette Burnfield. During the evening, Mrs Keith, Gowanlea, presented about 25 certificates from the Church of Scotland for perfect attendance throughout the year, and 30 for regular attendance.
The musical programme reflected much credit upon Miss Finlay and Mr Hogg who trained the children and upon Miss Rae who was accompanist.