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TEN YEARS AGO
Friday August 19 2011
Marching to glory
The all-conquering Kintyre Schools Pipe Band is now World Champion Pipe Band at novice juvenile grade.
In front of a massive crowd of more than 40,000 at Glasgow Green on Saturday August 13, the band performed impressively against 21 other bands in their grade to lift the top prize by the narrowest of margins.
And the band’s drum corps, led by Neil McFadyen, achieved the highest possible accolade by winning the winners’ prize for best performance in drumming.
At the closing ceremony on Saturday evening, the band’s time-served side drummer Struan Watson stepped forward to receive the trophy for best drum corps.
Then, while the rest of the band and hundreds of Kintyre supporters in the crowd whooped and cheered, ever-dependable tenor drummer Amy McIntyre, totally unfazed, mounted the dais.
She was presented with the World Championship Pipe Band trophy and received hearty congratulations from Games Chieftain Lord Provost Bob Winter of Glasgow City Council.
Later on Saturday evening, the triumphant band put on an impromptu celebratory performance for the hordes of welcoming Campbeltonians in the town’s Main Street.
‘We are all over the moon,’ said Pipe Major Ian McKerral.
‘This is our first World Championship success since 2006 and it’s richly deserved. My pipers and drummers have put in enormous effort and commitment to get to this World Championship winning standard.
‘I’d like to thank my fellow tutors and all our backroom team for their unstinting efforts.
‘Thanks also to our sponsors, McFadyens Contractors (Campbeltown) Limited, for their support again at this year’s Worlds. Community support is crucial.
‘The band’s success today is for everyone in Campbeltown and Kintyre.’
TWENTY-FIVE YEARS AGO
Friday August 16 1996
Royal yacht sails into the sunset
Kintyre residents and visitors may well have had their last glimpse of the Royal Yacht Britannia last week.
The yacht, which is being decommissioned next year, was spotted passing behind Davaar Island near Campbeltown on Friday afternoon. It then sailed up the Kintyre coastline on its journey from Cowes to the north of Scotland, where members of the royal family are now spending their annual retreat at Balmoral.
As the unmistakable vessel, flying four Union Jacks, passed near the shores of Carradale in the calm waters of the Kilbrannan Sound, motorists and walkers stopped to take in the majestic sight.
The Royal Yacht Britannia was designed to fulfil two functions: firstly, to serve as the Royal Yacht during peacetime and secondly, to act as a hospital ship during war time.
She was completed in 1954, the year of Her Majesty the Queen’s coronation.
The 5,862 ton vessel, which has a top speed of 21 knots and is crewed by 21 officers and 256 ratings, will be decommissioned in 1997 after fulfilling its last duty of carrying Prince Charles to Hong Kong, where he will hand the colony back to China.
However, the fate of Britannia has not yet been decided and the Ministry of Defence’s Naval Unit has not prepared her full agenda for 1997, so there is a chance the Royal Yacht could once more pass by Kintyre’s coastline.
FIFTY YEARS AGO
Thursday August 19 1971
The best news of the week is undoubtedly the fact Argyll County Police are advertising for a traffic warden for Campbeltown.
Not many weeks ago, this newspaper called for action at the so-called roundabout at the head of the Old Quay where, on most days, the situation is nothing short of chaotic.
The idea was that pedestrian crossings be installed at the foot of Main Street and across the Hall Street dual carriageway.
But the traffic warden appointment is a step in the right direction.
As well as controlling traffic at schools and junctions, the warden will, I hope, give every attention to the roundabout whenever possible.
But we are still pressing for crossings at the points mentioned and hope the powers that be think the idea is worth looking into fully.
Alsatians donated to RAF
Two Alsatians have been gifted to RAF Machrihanish by Mr Leslie Williamson of 47 Limecraigs Road, Campbeltown.
Mr Williamson, who owns the Campbeltown Pet Shop, is leaving the area and has given the animals to the RAF for training as police dogs.
One of the two dogs is only six months old and will be kept until it is 18 months old before it starts its training. The other has already gone to RAF Debden to begin training.
But it may not be on patrol at Machrihanish when it is fully trained as this depends on where the trainer is stationed.
ONE-HUNDRED YEARS AGO
Saturday August 20 1921
Campbeltown Merchants’ annual holiday, held on Wednesday, was favoured with ideal weather, and there was a big exodus from the town to all the favourite resorts.
The steamer Davaar ran an excursion to Rothesay and carried a full complement of passengers.
The trip was greatly enjoyed by everybody, although the weather was not altogether as good as it was at home, about two hours’ heavy rain being experienced at Rothesay.
Machrihanish Golf Club
A very successful mixed foursomes competition took place over the gentlemen’s links last Thursday afternoon.
The weather was fine in the early part of the afternoon but, unfortunately, rain fell later.
The prizewinners were: 1 Dr Carew and Miss Robertson, 1 up on bogey; 2 Mr J M Cooper and Miss N S Brown, all square.
The prizes, which were golf balls, were presented to the successful competitors by Lady Arrol and Mr Dykes proposed a hearty vote of thanks to Lady Arrol and to the tea committee.