From our Files, July 23 2021

2011: In his capacity as Lord-Lieutenant of Argyll and Bute, Patrick Stewart of Campbeltown accompanied HRH Princess Royal during her visit to Oban to mark the 200th anniversary of the burgh. They are seen here, arriving at Oban War and Peace Museum.

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TEN YEARS AGO
Friday July 22 2011

Lifeboat party a success

Celebrations at the weekend to mark the 150th anniversary of Campbeltown lifeboat exceeded all expectations.

The sun shone throughout the raft race and gala day on Saturday and the dance at
night in the Victoria Hall was a sell-out, with 350 people attending.

Organisers thanked everyone who helped to make it such a success and David Cox told The Courier events went better than he had expected.

A total of 18 rafts turned out, with fierce competition between the teams for a place in
the final. Once again, the lifeboat crew retained the trophy, but the others gave them
a run for their money.

The Hebridean Isles at the ferry terminal, on layup for a few weeks, joined in and
marked the start of each heat and the final by sounding its horn.

Thousands of people packed Campbeltown’s Old Quay, Shore Street and New Quay
to take in the action with double the amount of stalls there were last year and
plenty for children to do.

Rescue helicopter 177 from HMS Gannet at Prestwick landed on Kilkerran Green before
carrying out an exercise with the all-weather lifeboat in the inner harbour.

‘We thank everyone who turned out to celebrate the anniversary with us. We couldn’t have asked for better weather and there was a great atmosphere at the dance,’ said David.

Younger crew members donned their gear at night to put on a special show of the
Full Monty, something that was popular with the ladies in the crowd.

1996: Seamus MacArthur used his tractor to pull boats out of the foam, with help from Gilbert MacLellan and his dog.

TWENTY FIVE YEARS AGO
Friday July 19, 1996

Islay bay suds bath

A weird and wonderful phenomenon occurred in a small island bay recently for the
first time in 18 years.

Only once in a lifetime, so it seems, are the wind wave and water conditions in
Portnahaven Bay just right to turn the sea into suds.

As Tim Robson, of Kilmore, worked at replacing the electricity supply in the village,
a north-westerly wind blew up. The wind caused the sea to break massive waves which formed a foam which floated into the bay, he explained.

Before his eyes, the sea became one massive foam bath.

Local lads John MacArthur and Tom Redman went to rescue a boat, which
looked like it could be swamped, and rolled it back in – only for it
to disappear from sight under the foam.

Seamus MacArthur got his tractor and pulled the boats out because he thought they
were being swamped, but it was just foam, he told The Courier.

The tide was out at the time and the foam washed up to the harbour walls but
underneath was sand.

‘One resident, Gilbert MacAuley, who has been in Portnahaven all his life has seen it once before as a child,’ said Tim.

The phenomenon happens because of a mixture of plankton, algae, salt and other
impurities in the sea, combined with the proper wind conditions.

The foam lasted about two days and was reduced to a green slime.

‘Most of the people from the village came out and watched when it started,’ said
Tim. ‘It is something I will remember for the rest of my life.’

FIFTY YEARS AGO
Thursday July 22 1971

When nature calls . . .

Campbeltown’s first dog toilet has been opened.

In an effort to prevent dogs from fouling the town’s streets, it was suggested at a recent council meeting that special areas of ground throughout the burgh should be set aside for exclusive use by dogs wishing to do the ‘necessary’.

The first canine loo has been built at Hillside Green. It is like a sandpit with a large post in the centre. A dog insignia will be erected on the post.

It is hoped dog owners will eventually train their animals to use the toilet on their
own initiative.

If the idea is a success, more dogs from all parts of the town will be able to enjoy the luxury of their own private toilet.

Another one is to be built at Kinloch Green.

Unique venture at Carradale

Who in Carradale five years ago would ever have dreamed an ultra-modern restaurant and lounge bar would be built on the site of a filling station?

But this has happened – and what a splendid place it is. Named the Glen Restaurant and Lounge Bar, the venture has been started by Keith and Walter Campbell, who also run the well-known Carradale Stores business.

Inside the 70-seater restaurant, which can be expanded to take about 100, the modern
fittings blend wonderfully with gay upholstered chairs and shining wooden topped tables. The floor is covered by that increasingly popular fancy wood pattern material.

Lunches, high teas, dinners and suppers are served daily at the Glen, the supper
apparently being the most popular so far. In the kitchen is chef Norman Tennent, ably
assisted by Mrs Margaret Kellock and Mrs Jean Henderson.

ONE HUNDRED YEARS AGO
Saturday July 23 1921

War memorial work

Important steps have been taken within recent days to bring the work in connection
with the erection of the war memorial for Campbeltown Burgh and Parish into concrete form.

Today we publish a provisional list of the names which will be inscribed on the
memorial. The total number is 321. The work of compiling this list has been
exceedingly difficult and, in some ways delicate, and it will be recognised that only
with the cordial assistance of relatives and friends, or comrades, can it be brought to
completion before being finally approved for the purpose of the memorial.

It is to be hoped that all corrections, additions or deletions will be intimated to the proper quarter with as little delay as possible.

Contract for mails

A new contract has been concluded between the Post Office and Messrs MacBrayne
for the conveyance of mail to the Western Highlands and islands of Scotland.

The contract, which is for four years from February 1, provides for remuneration at the
rate of £70,000 for the first year, £60,000 for the second and £50,000 for each of the
third and fourth years.

• Experimenting with voice to text software, reading from our archives to an iPad
shows room for improvement. It knew what it heard, but not what was said: ‘A new
contract has been concluded between the post office and Mrs McBrain for the
conveyance of males to the Western Highlands and Islands of Scotland.’

Aye, she’s some woman, that Mrs McBrain.

1921: The ‘want ads’ from 100 years ago – not much fun if you were a pig or a mole.