From Our Files, April 23 2021

In 2011: Courier reporter Ruth McClean will be swapping her notebook and pen for a bike when she hits the road for a 300-mile charity cycle. The 23-year-old is taking part in a London to Paris bike ride in July and aims to raise hundreds of pounds for Campbeltown Lifeboat.
In 2011: Courier reporter Ruth McClean will be swapping her notebook and pen for a bike when she hits the road for a 300-mile charity cycle. The 23-year-old is taking part in a London to Paris bike ride in July and aims to raise hundreds of pounds for Campbeltown Lifeboat.

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Friday April 22 2011

Young lifesavers put skills into action

Young firefighters from Campbeltown put their knowledge into practise when they took part in a simulated crash in front of their peers from Dunoon Grammar School yesterday.

This was part of a community day at Dunoon Grammar School which involved Rescue 177 from HMS Gannet, Strathclyde Police, Scottish Ambulance Service and Strathclyde Fire and Rescue which attended a simulated road accident.

The incident involved a car and teenage cyclist. The driver of the car was using a mobile phone whilst the teenage cyclist had headphones on; this was to highlight the dangers to the pupils of using such devices.

The cadets carried out the demonstration to around 200 S2 and S3 pupils from the school and used pneumatic airbags to lift the car off the cyclist and performed their trauma skills.

All the cadets from Campbeltown travelled to Dunoon for the day with 12 taking part in the exercise.

Friday April 19 1996

Dunblane dance success

The community of Campbeltown reached out to the bereaved community of Dunblane last Saturday night with a gesture of generosity which raised almost £2,000.

It was Campbeltown doing what it does best — responding in its own inimitable way to an unspeakable tragedy.

Tickets for the dance in the Victoria Hall were sold out well in advance and, on the evening, Helen Lawson and Isobel Mason, who were running the raffle, saw people empty their pockets for raffle tickets.

Picture House makes its mark in history

The Picture House in Campbeltown is to be honoured as part of celebrations to mark 100 years of cinema in Scotland.

Next month, the cinema, one of the oldest in Scotland, is to be among a number of locations throughout the country to display a blue plaque highlighting its importance in the history of the movies in Scotland.

The plaque will be presented to cinema staff on May 26, the 83rd anniversary of the Picture House’s opening in 1913.

Other sites to be honoured include Scottish-born film stars’ birth places, famous locations for movies and the homes of pioneers of the Scottish cinema.

Thursday April 22 1971

Poaching, by Gad

Mr Finlay J MacDonald, a top BBC television producer, has ‘signed up’ Carradale’s playwright fisherman, Mr Denis McIntosh, of Morvern, to appear in a film he intends to make on salmon fishing, including a piece on poaching.

Mr MacDonald, who was accompanied by Kathleen MacDonald of the singing sisters, visited Mr McIntosh on Tuesday.

They stayed at Carradale House, the home of Mrs Naomi Mitchison.

Paul back at farm

Former Beatle Paul McCartney, Kintyre’s most famous farmer, arrived at his hideaway High Park Farm on Monday night.

This is the first time that Paul has been in the area since the break-up of the most popular beat group in the world, the Beatles.

He is currently in the record charts with his solo single ‘Another Day’.

It is thought that Paul will be at the farm for some time, though he was this week unwilling to talk to the Courier.

Well done, Skipness

Skipness has been judged the best-kept village in Argyll, according to a competition sponsored by The Scotsman newspaper and the Scottish Tourist Board.

In recognition of this feat, Argyll County Council has presented the village with a garden seat, which has been placed near the local post office.

Mrs Pollock, county councillor, donated a commemorative plaque. Villagers have greatly appreciated both the generous gestures.

Saturday April 23 1921

Ayr Show steamer connection

Wednesday of next week is the day of the annual show of the Ayrshire Agricultural Society, and also the spring holiday at Campbeltown, and the announcement will be welcome to many that arrangements have been made for the steamer Davaar running to Ayr in connection with the event. The Davaar leaves Campbeltown at 7.30am and returns from Ayr at 6 o’clock in the evening.

Restriction of steamer service to Campbeltown

We are informed that in consequence of the need for conserving coal supplies, there will be a change in the steamboat sailings to and from Campbeltown next week, the three-days-a-week service being again introduced.

The service from Campbeltown will be on Monday, Wednesday and Friday and to Campbeltown on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.

On the former days, mails and newspapers will be conveyed via Tarbert, the sailings of the Lochfyne boat, which are already on a three-days-a-week basis, fortunately suiting this arrangement.

It should also be noted that the train from the Central Station, Glasgow, departs at 8.25am instead of 8.33am.


On Tuesday 14 pair landed 1200 baskets, prices 4s to 5s: Wednesday nine pair had 320 baskets at 5s to 7s a basket. Today fishing was blank.

Herring are reported plentiful in the Sound, being got from Kildalloig Bay to Carradale Point as well as on the Arran shore. Several crews are giving their boats the annual overhaul.

Penny Savings Bank

The transactions at the Campbeltown Penny Savings Bank (which is open every Saturday evening from 5.30 to 6.30) on 16th April were as follows:- 85 deposits, totalling £15.5s.10d; six withdrawals, £5.15.0d.