From Our Files, June 4 2021

In 1996: Bomb disposal experts were called to Campbeltown's Old Quay last week after a fishing boat landed an air-towed gunnery target. The Freedom III brought up the missile-like target south-east of Sanda last Tuesday. It is believed the target was used in an exercise in the Firth of Clyde on May 16. Lt Adrian Dann and Able Seaman Cozy Powell are photographed with the missile after they made it safe for transportation back to their base at Faslane.
In 1996: Bomb disposal experts were called to Campbeltown's Old Quay last week after a fishing boat landed an air-towed gunnery target. The Freedom III brought up the missile-like target south-east of Sanda last Tuesday. It is believed the target was used in an exercise in the Firth of Clyde on May 16. Lt Adrian Dann and Able Seaman Cozy Powell are photographed with the missile after they made it safe for transportation back to their base at Faslane.

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TEN YEARS AGO
Friday June 3 2011

Creamery concern growing

Where is Tesco? The international supermarket giant has gone ominously quiet about its plans for a new superstore in Campbeltown.

And that’s worrying for the Kintyre farming community, which has pinned its hopes on a new creamery financed in part by the sale of the old site to Tesco by owners First Milk.

Time is running out; Tesco now has until the beginning of August to sign a section 75 planning agreement with Argyll and Bute Council.

Although a number of the town’s traders objected, the majority of people in Campbeltown and around Kintyre were in favour of the new store, which promises to be similar to the one in Oban, with a petrol station as well.

Councillor Donald Kelly told the monthly meeting of Campbeltown Community Council that Argyll and Bute has done everything possible to get the agreement and as yet is still waiting for Tesco to sign. But where is Tesco?

‘That’s the question everyone wants to know; First Milk can’t get any answer, the council can’t get any answer,’ said Sandy Pirie of Machrihanish Farm, the area’s representative of First Milk, the dairy co-operative to which farmers belong and which owns the creamery.

Tesco is not replying to press inquiries either; the company’s press officers referred the Courier to its corporate affairs department and no acknowledgement of telephone calls or emails had been made up to the Courier going to press this week.

TWENTY-FIVE YEARS AGO
Friday May 31 1996

Lochindaal charity swim

Staff at Mactaggart Leisure Centre pool on Islay are planning to celebrate the centre’s fifth birthday by swimming Lochindaal.

The five, Allan Campbell, Morgan Hart, Isobel MacLean, Amy Swanson and Neillie Bonnar, are training hard for the 2.25-mile swim on June 29.

As well as the physical aspect of the swim, they also want to prepare mentally.

Training at the moment involves in excess of 100 lengths of the pool, building up to 144 lengths before the swim.

As well as the loch swim, Islay and Jura Community Enterprise, which runs the pool, has arranged a number of fun events and former Olympic swimmer Duncan Goodhew will be joining the celebrations.

The Lochindaal swimmers are hoping for sponsorship to help raise money for a planned creche at the pool.

Community Enterprise convener Janet Berry said: ‘We are very proud of our staff.

‘They are all young people born and brought up on Islay when there was no pool in which to learn to swim.’

FIFTY YEARS AGO
Thursday June 3 1971

They must be good…

McIlchere & Sons, the local grocery and cake manufacturing firm, has won a prize for the sales of more cream cakes than any other firm in the west of Scotland.

The prize consists of a fortnight in Palma, Majorca, but owing to the opening of their new cake factory Mr Campbell McIlchere will be unable to go.

The prize has been given to Mrs McIlchere and her sister Miss Lang.

The two ladies will leave from Glasgow Airport on June 11.

The competition was organised by the Milk Marketing Board.

Old folk’s coach tour

In brilliant sunshine, the members of the Harmony Hour Club enjoyed a coach tour of West Kintyre on Tuesday night.

Organised by the West Coast Motor service and the management of Springbank Gospel Hall, the senior citizens really enjoyed themselves.

After the tour two busloads of the over-60s returned to Springbank Gospel Hall and were welcomed by Mr R Miller in the unavoidable absence of Provost William Craig.

Mr Miller also introduced an interesting programme featuring community singing and favourite hymns.

Flt Lt Holdsworth read the Scripture lesson.

Supper was served by the Springbank ladies.

ONE HUNDRED YEARS AGO
Saturday June 4 1921

Argyllshire Education Authority meeting in Dunoon

[Extracts]

Mr Cameron asked if it was compulsory for a child to attend the physical training class.

It was the habit when training to make the children take off their boots and either drill in their stockings or shoes.

There were many people just now who could not afford shoes for their children.

The chairman said it was part of the school curriculum.

Baillie Campbell said this subject had been discussed many times. If a child is nervous physically and mentally and unable to stand the drill that child is exempted, as it would be in any other subject.

Mr Cameron then wanted a ruling as to what would happen if a child refused to drill but the authority were unable to give a ruling being of opinion that the matter should be dealt with by the School Management Committee.

It was reported that 32 teachers had decided to take advantage of Gaelic classes during the summer vacation. Travelling expenses would be paid to Glasgow or Inverness.

There were three applications for exemption from the parents of boys who had reached the age of 14, and wished to leave school before the term fixed by the authority. These were all refused.

In connection with the miners’ strike, the chairman reported that his committee had before them the report of the Campbeltown School Management Committee with regard to the application received by them for the feeding of the children of miners and others in Campbeltown.

Also reports by the School Medical Officer regarding the effect of under-feeding upon the physical condition of children in the Campbeltown District.