From Our Files, July 9 2021

In 2011: Town centre manager Aileen MacLennan welcomed tall ships to Campbeltown.
In 2011: Town centre manager Aileen MacLennan welcomed tall ships to Campbeltown.

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TEN YEARS AGO
Friday July 8 2011

Opinion split on wind farms

Southend Community Council has had a stormy debate about wind farms and the survey it conducted into the issue.

There was a good turnout of villagers at the meeting because the result of the community council’s survey into wind farms was to be debated.

Not everyone approved of the way things had been done, accusing the community council of not representing the best interests of the village.

Others wanted to know more about proposals for a wind farm near Dalsmirren, which had been asked about in the survey.

This had been added to the survey, the council said, because of an informal approach about the possibility of a farm in that area.

Argyll and Bute Council has recently thrown out plans by Wind Prospect for a wind farm near Southend. The community council had been in support of these plans.

TWENTY-FIVE YEARS AGO
Friday July 5 1996

Wall worry for council

Councillors were to be warned this week they face spending almost £500,000 to stabilise the High Askomil Road in Campbeltown – or Argyll and Bute Council could face legal action.

A report to Argyll and Bute Council’s meeting yesterday recommended spending £245,000 to stabilise the walls which support the main Campbeltown to Carradale road.

The council’s roads engineers say sections of the garden walls in some properties need immediate work because they are unstable.

The money is needed to build reinforced concrete faces on the walls and pinning into the underlying rock.

The engineers also recommend a further £220,000 should be spent as soon as possible on the walls.

The wall behind Campbeltown Sailing Club gave way and needed to be strengthened and rebuilt.

A recent survey showed extensive cracking and bulging of the wall at several properties.

The engineers warn that if immediate repairs are not carried out, the road could collapse.

‘There is no alternative route into Campbeltown from the B842 capable of carrying all classes of traffic,’ the report warns.

Engineers are also concerned that if the lower supporting wall fails it could affect the upper wall. This could threaten the stability of houses above the road.

FIFTY YEARS AGO
Thursday July 8 1971

Large order for shipyard

Campbeltown’s ultra-modern shipyard at Trench Point has won a £200,000 order for two steel fishing vessels, the largest since it opened two years ago.

The order for the seine-net/side trawlers comes from skipper William Campbell, of Lossiemouth.

Mr Campbell is well-known in fishing circles as skipper of the 78-foot vessel Ajax, presently fishing off the Norwegian coast.

Mr Campbell was at the yard with manager Mr Leslie Howarth finalising details of the order when a Courier reporter spoke to him.

He said he was impressed by the yard’s showing of the MFV Strathyre at the recent World Fishing Exhibition in Dublin.

This contributed to his interest in steel and he began thinking of having the vessels built in Campbeltown.

The boats will be equipped with 400 or 500 hp engines.

‘We must be versatile nowadays, even more so if we enter the Common Market,’ said Mr Campbell.

This was in his mind when he decided to go for a powerful vessel in steel.

Delivery dates of May and September have been provisionally set.

Each vessel will have £10,000 worth of electronic gear installed and the fish room will be capable of carrying a staggering 850 crans of herring, or 3,400 baskets.

The second boat will be under the command of Mr Campbell’s brother, Andrew, also of Lossiemouth.

ONE HUNDRED YEARS AGO
Saturday July 9 1921

Visit of warship

HMS Thunderer arrived in Campbeltown Harbour on Monday for a week’s stay, coming from Lamlash where four days had been spent.

The Thunderer is on a cruise with Naval Cadets, of whom upwards of 160 are on board.

The ship’s company numbers over 900 and she is under command of Captain C McKenzie RN.

A large number of the crew were on the Temeraire when she called here on a similar cruise last year so that not a few friendships are being renewed.

Among the cadets on board is the Crown Prince of Belgium.

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A little boy fell over Dalintober Quay last Friday and was in considerable danger of drowning.

His rescue was affected by Mr David Carmichael, fisherman, who had to swim for him, and got him out suffering little more than a wetting.

Mr Carmichael has several times performed rescues of this kind and is to be commended for the promptitude with which he takes to the water when the occasion for instant action of the sort arises.

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The Flag Day on behalf of Campbeltown Cottage Hospital will be held on Tuesday next.

During the war this means of raising money for various war charities became very common and very successful and its continued use in peacetime could surely find no more worthy object than our hospitals, which have been badly crippled owing to income falling to keep pace with the increasing cost of upkeep.

Campbeltown and District Cottage Hospital has been no exception to the common rule and that it has so far kept free from debt is due to the splendid efforts of the ladies’ committee which has worked tirelessly in many directions to increase the income.

A Flag Day in Midsummer was the idea of the ladies and they are organising for it in a way that deserves success. We are sure their appeal will meet with a hearty response from the public.

Although there must be many lean purses in the community just now, the hospital is a cause that cannot fail to touch all who have anything at all to spare.

Its place and usefulness in the community are emphasised by the fact that during last year the beds were practically full the whole twelve month.

In connection with the Flag Day, a sale of farm produce, fruit, flowers and vegetables will be held in the Christian Institute on Tuesday afternoon, to be opened at 3 o’clock by Provost Colville.

In 1921: On Wednesdays, which were often a half-days, especially for shops where workers were expected to work all day Saturday, Craig’s Garage offered excursions to Bellochantuy.
In 1921: On Wednesdays, which were often a half-day, especially for shops where workers were expected to work all day Saturday, Craig’s Garage offered excursions to Bellochantuy.