From Our Files, May 28 2021

In 1996: Cath Black and Catriona Hood braved showers to help publicise the Lorne and Lowland Church Mayfest.
In 1996: Cath Black and Catriona Hood braved showers to help publicise the Lorne and Lowland Church Mayfest.

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TEN YEARS AGO
Friday May 27 2011

Take over of Skykon factory completed

The worry and the waiting for the staff at the stricken Skykon plant are over.

On Friday, Wind Towers Ltd, a joint venture between Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE) and Marsh Wind Technology, confirmed that it has bought the Machrihanish factory from administrators Ernst  & Young, after being granted preferred bidder status for the sale in March.

Wind Towers Ltd is back to work now; working on maintenance, cleaning and preparing for production to start up again at the end of June.

‘It’s a day a lot of us never thought we’d see,’ said a welder from the factory. ‘There have been a lot of worried people in this town.’

The new general manager is Michael Nielsen. He said: ‘I am the only person moving here from Denmark; it is important that people here take responsibility for the work here and it is important that we respect each other.

‘We have a lot to do regarding production and how it’s going to look in the future; we have a huge job in front of us.’

He added that the firm was already ‘in dialogue’ with leading players in the market to add to the order book.

TWENTY-FIVE YEARS AGO
Friday May 24 1996

Navy men in Wee Toon street clash

Three Royal Navy men were taken to hospital on Saturday night following a clash with local men near the junction of Old Quay Street and Shore Street.

Police are not revealing how many local men were involved but it is understood four Royal Navy personnel were involved in the incident which happened at about 11.30pm.

Two of the navy men were detained in hospital until they could be transferred to their ship, HMS Sandown, which was tied up at Campbeltown’s Old Quay.

The third sailor was dealt with by the accident and emergency department at Campbeltown Hospital.

One man has been reported to the procurator fiscal for assault.

Detective Sergeant Alistair Barnett said police inquiries were continuing and witnesses were still being sought.

‘It is known that the street was busy at the time and anyone who witnessed this disturbance is requested to come forwards and contact us.’

FIFTY YEARS AGO
Thursday May 27 1971

Belle comes out on top

Southend’s Belle Robertson won her third Scottish golfing title in six years and said immediately afterwards that she would make a bid for the British title, one which has always eluded her.

In the final at Royal Dornoch, Belle defeated the Gullane internationalist Marjory Ferguson by 3 and 2.

Earlier in the week, Belle set up a course record of 73.

Both finalists are in the Scottish team to play in the European championships at Granton, Yorkshire, from June 30 to July 3.

To the Emerald Isle – for clams

Two local fishing boats, the Stella Maris (CN165), skippered by Mr Denis Meenan, and the Wellspring (FR406) by Mr David Paterson, on Tuesday evening set off for Ireland where they were trying their luck at clam dredging.

The vessels met with very limited success at the clams in this area.

Most of the boats in the Campbeltown fishing fleet are presently ‘on the beach’ for the annual refit and painting operations.

One boat, the Mary McLean (CN193), is looking rather smart after having been re-varnished and fitted with a new wheelhouse, built by the local firm of Buchanan and Gillespie. The Mary McLean is skippered by Mr Duncan McArthur.

ONE HUNDRED YEARS AGO
Saturday May 28 1921

‘Fair Day’ entertainment – pleasing innovation in Campbeltown

The South Kintyre Sports’ Council made quite a promising start last Wednesday with their Fair Day programme.

The weather, fortunately, was perfect and this contributed in no small degree to the pleasure of their outdoor plans.

The Christian Institute Rooms were thrown open, as a club, for all country workers, who were made very welcome by the committee.

Teas, etc, were served in the lower room, and from about 12 o’clock, the centre of attraction changed to the show field, where the challenge football match, between teams representing the northern and southern area, took place.

The XI for the northern side was made up of five players from Drumlemble Sports’ Club, three from Peninver and three from Kilkenzie; that of the other side was composed of seven players from Achencorvie Sports’ Club and four from Southend.

The success of this fixture and the keen interest taken in it will be seen from the fact that over 400 spectators paid to witness it.

At first, perhaps, the players were somewhat over anxious, but after a little they settled down and gave a display which, considering the time and opportunity they have had for practise, surprised and pleased the spectators.

Some slips were made on either side, and, after a very good game, the southern combination ran out winners, by the odd goal.