From Our Files, April 16 2021

In 1971: Three stalwarts who keep Campbeltown in touch with the rest of the world daily are pictured here. British European Airways staff, from top to bottom: Mr Ian Taylor; Miss Agnes Morrison and Mr Dugald Fergus, station superintendent.
In 1971: Three stalwarts who keep Campbeltown in touch with the rest of the world daily are pictured here. British European Airways staff, from top to bottom: Mr Ian Taylor; Miss Agnes Morrison and Mr Dugald Fergus, station superintendent.

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TEN YEARS AGO
Friday April 15 2011

Kintyre schools still on the hit list

Clachan Primary School remains on a list of potential school closures after Argyll and Bute Council’s pre-consultation process.

An agenda for a meeting on Tuesday at the council’s Lochgilphead headquarters shows that all 12 schools where pre-consultation meetings were held have been moved to another stage towards closure.

Other Kintyre primary schools on the list are Rhunahaorine as well as St Kieran’s and Skipness but the closure of these last two has not been contested.

Argyll and Bute councillors will now vote on whether or not to put the Kintyre schools out to formal consultation for closure. If approved, school amalgamations will be implemented during the Christmas recess this year.

TWENTY-FIVE YEARS AGO
Friday April 11 1996

Museum to get lottery cash boost?

National Lottery money could be used to pay for yet more improvements to Campbeltown Museum.

The museum has just closed for around three months to allow improvement work to take place.

The work includes fitting a new heating system, better lighting and secondary glazing.

Now lottery money could pay for further enhancements.

An application had been made to the Heritage Lottery Fund to pay for work including colour closed circuit security cameras, smoke alarms and lightning protection.

At the Friends of Campbeltown Museum’s AGM at the White Hart Hotel recently, the chairman,  Angus Martin, said: ‘An application has been submitted recently to the Heritage Lottery Fund, let us hope that it meets with success.’

Mr Martin will continue as the society’s chairman but will also serve as its secretary.

Peter Morrison remains as vice chairman, while Mrs Lily Cregeen stays as the society’s treasurer.

Frances Hood, Dr Martin Munro and Duncan McMillan make up the rest of the committee.

FIFTY YEARS AGO
Thursday April 15 1971

Yard’s success in Eire

Now back at his desk at the offices of Campbeltown Shipyard Ltd is yard manager Mr Leslie Howarth.

After a hectic spell in Dublin, where he was representing the yard at the World Fishing Exhibition, Mr Howarth talked this week about the enthusiastic reception the yard and one of its vessels, Strathyre 2, had been given in Eire.

On show at the exhibition were photographs, including the yard’s completion since it opened about two years ago, layouts of the building and the men at work.

The Strathyre 2 was berthed at Dublin Quay.

‘The response to the boat was very encouraging indeed,’ said Mr Howarth.

She made several runs out of Dublin. Aboard her on one occasion was one of Scotland’s top skippers, Mr William Campbell of Lossiemouth, master of the MFV Ajax. He says the 53ft steel vessel was equivalent in the area to a 65ft wooden boat.

Mr Howarth also had inquiries about 80ft in length.

A design of a conventional type fishing boat has just been completed at the yard.

In all, eight definite enquiries were made after fishermen had seen the Strathyre 2 at the quayside.

ONE HUNDRED YEARS AGO
Saturday April 16 1921

Sparks and flashes

The Orange Lodge Bowling Club is having a social gathering in the Orange Hall on Friday night.

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The annual meeting of the Penny Savings Bank will be held in the Coffee Room on Tuesday next at noon.

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A call is made for an accession to the ranks of special constables in the town, and citizens who are willing to give this form of services in the present emergency should inform Superintendent Paterson of the fact with as little delay as possible.

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The weather has been playing evil tricks this weekend. Over the week-end till Tuesday the days were quite ideal for seed-time, being bright, bracing and dry. A break to rain on Wednesday has been followed by a bitterly cold spell today and the hill-tops are snow clad.

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Two dogs were discovered sheep-worrying at Meadows a short time ago. One of them was shot on the spot and with evidence of his guilt all about him. A younger dog escaped and his fate was the subject of a court case on Monday, when the owner made a strong effort to save the culprit’s life. The effort did not succeed, the dog’s guilt being firmly established. The owner was put under penalty to have him destroyed within a given time.