From Our Files, May 14 2021

In 2011: Kenny Campbell, Stuart McGeachy, Tommy Morran, Charlie Dott, Hector McMurchy and Scott MacBrayne set a new record for the annual Kintyre Way relay.
In 2011: Kenny Campbell, Stuart McGeachy, Tommy Morran, Charlie Dott, Hector McMurchy and Scott MacBrayne set a new record for the annual Kintyre Way relay.

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Friday May 13 2011

Course time smashed by local lads

A six-man team from Campbeltown Running Club was first home in Saturday’s Kintyre Way Relay.

The lads set a new course record of eight hours 32 minutes in the annual 66-mile race from Tarbert to Campbeltown, a six-minute improvement on last year’s winning time.

Play it Again SAMS, a team from Oban, was in the lead as far as Clachan, but Hector McMurchy of Campbeltown forged ahead on the beach section to Tayinloan and the lead widened as the local lads pounded along home turf.

At the Tayinloan checkpoint, supporters cheered wildly as Hector came into view and handed over to Kenny Campbell.

Kenny reached Carradale at five hours 48.5 minutes, 22.5 minutes earlier than the existing record at this point, though it must be said Play it Again SAMS were only 15 minutes behind, which meant they had also beaten the course record for the 46 miles from Tarbert.

The other members of the Campbeltown team, Tommy Morran, Stuart McGeachy, Scott MacBrayne and Charlie Dott, all contributed strongly to the record-breaking performance.

Play it Again SAMS finished in second in nine hours four minutes and third place went to Campbeltown Running Club team three, with a time of nine hours 22 minutes.

There were also four brave souls who attempted the ultra race of the 66 miles, though only one completed it, Stephen Bell from Helensburgh in 13 hours 59 mins.

Friday May 10 1996

Creamery closure

Farmers on Islay were meeting earlier this week in a bid to save Islay Creamery.

Last week, at an extraordinary meeting, the shareholders in Islay Creamery Limited decided to shut down permanently from today.

Production at the creamery ceased a month ago for what was described at the time as a trial period.

Manager Ian Coffield blamed the closure on the high price of milk since the deregulation of the industry. The shutdown means the loss of nine jobs at the plant, but local farmers believe the knock-on effect on employment will be even worse.

Farmer and shareholder in the company Tony Archibald said: ‘It could mean the loss of another job on every dairy farm, not to mention the milk tanker driver.

‘The farmers are looking at ways of opening the creamery. It is very important because it is the one thing we have as a raw material for over here.’

The farmers were due to meet as the Courier went to press to discuss ways of re-opening the creamery and they also plan to meet representatives of Scottish Milk.

Mr Coffield described the closure as ‘devastating’. He said: ‘There’s not a lot of work round here. The main feeling about the place is disbelief.’

The creamery produced about 308 tonnes of cheese a year.

Thursday May 13 1971

Colour TV comes to Campbeltown

Colour television is to be launched in Campbeltown next Tuesday by Rediffusion.

And to mark the occasion, Rediffusion is staging a demonstration exhibition in the town’s White Hart Hotel, where about six sets will be on view.

The exhibition will be open to the public for three days. A Rediffusion spokesman said that, apart from Scotland’s cities, Campbeltown was, as far as he knew, the first rural area to be offered colour television.

A buffet lunch attended by Rediffusion officials and Campbeltown town councillors will be held to launch the service.

Angus has hit first best-seller

Salt In My Porridge, Angus MacVicar’s book about his family life in Southend and abroad, is now in its third edition and still selling well in local book shops and all over the country.

Angus said: ‘This is my 61st book and the only one so far that can really be described as a best-seller. I am grateful to the Courier reviewer and to the other reviewers in the BBC, ITV and papers from Stornoway to London for giving it such a good start.

‘My advice to young authors? Stick at it. The first 60 books are the worst!’

His latest book for children, Super Nova and the Frozen Man, is also doing well in hard cover and paperback. Most of Angus’s books are published in European countries, and some in America, but only the other day he heard this one is being published in Japan.

‘I’d rather have heard that my golf handicap is coming down, but that would be even more of a miracle.’

Thursday May 12 1921

Please note

The change in the publishing day of the Courier to Thursday of each week instead of Friday has proved so acceptable to readers, particularly to the large number resident outside the district, that we have resolved to make the arrangement a permanent one.

Sparks and flashes

A meeting will be held in the Town Hall on Friday evening with the object of forming a branch of An Comunn Gàidhealach in Campbeltown.


Neil M’Bain is among the latest of the Ayr United Football Club players to fix up for another season. Neil is one of the Scots who will tour Canada and the United States. It is stated he is to get a benefit next season.


The first mixed jury to sit in Argyllshire was empanelled at Oban on the third inst. The occasion was a fatal accident inquiry and two ladies were included in the seven ‘good and true’. The custom of handing over the jury fees – 5sh, 25 pence – to the nearest relative was observed.


The Picture House had to suspend business on the first three nights of this week on account of the films not arriving. It will be re-opened tonight (Thursday) with the full advertised programme for the second part of the week. Next week it is hoped to maintain the same arrangement – showing only in the latter part of the week.


The football benefit last week for David Thompson of Drumlemble brought out a gratifying attendance, the ropes being lined by quite 600 people. The Drumlemble-Hearts combination were the winners against the 11 chosen from Former Pupils and Campbeltown, the score being 3-2. The losers had a spirited attack, but the defence on the other side was particularly sound, and Drumlemble’s keeper M’Phail gave one of his finest displays so far.