Leader, April 16 2021

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Well done, coach Colin

Tennis coach and referee Colin Hanbidge remained dedicated to the sport he loves during the last, particularly challenging year.

Colin did his utmost to make sure competitions could go ahead safely, in circumstances where it would have been so easy to cancel or postpone them instead.

This took an unbelievable amount of hard work behind the scenes which is exactly why his dedication has been recognised through his awards shortlisting.

Well done and good luck, Colin.

A decade of Shopper-Aide

If ever we needed proof of the value of the service Shopper-Aide provides, the Campbeltown charity’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic should be more than enough.

The organisation provides support and services, including shopping, housekeeping and organising various social activities, for those aged over 60. The charity had built up a large client base over the years but, within two weeks of Covid-19 restrictions being put in place at the beginning of the pandemic, this doubled.

Happy 10th birthday, Shopper-Aide — we hope you are able to celebrate your 9th, 10th and 11th birthdays in one large celebration next year!

Prince Philip’s passing

Many people in Kintyre and across the world will have been saddened to learn of Prince Philip’s death last week.

Regardless of your opinion on the monarchy, his life-long service and dedication to the institution cannot be denied.