From Our Files, September 10, 2021

In 1996: Three young dancers from the James McCorkindale School of Dancing in Campbeltown scooped top prizes at the Cowal Games in Dunoon last weekend. Jane McIlchere of Heathfield was the winner of the Chris Cameron trophy for most points in the under 10 years section. Colleen Millar of Auchaleek Farm was the winner of the Margaret Ford Challenge Trophy as runner-up in the 10 years section. Yvonne McCallum of Drumore Gardens was the winner of the John Ford Challenge Trophy and the Gladys MacDonald Trophy as runner-up in the under 16 years section and sailors' hornpipe.
In 1996: Three young dancers from the James McCorkindale School of Dancing in Campbeltown scooped top prizes at the Cowal Games in Dunoon last weekend. Jane McIlchere of Heathfield was the winner of the Chris Cameron trophy for most points in the under 10 years section. Colleen Millar of Auchaleek Farm was the winner of the Margaret Ford Challenge Trophy as runner-up in the 10 years section. Yvonne McCallum of Drumore Gardens was the winner of the John Ford Challenge Trophy and the Gladys MacDonald Trophy as runner-up in the under 16 years section and sailors' hornpipe.

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TEN YEARS AGO
Friday September 9, 2011

Lifeboat crew called after vessel hit rocks

A small landing craft damaged its stern drive after getting stuck on rocks just outside of Campbeltown Loch on Saturday evening.

The 26-foot vessel Annie, travelling from Campbeltown to Ballycastle, had to call on the services of Campbeltown lifeboat after it hit rocks at Macringan’s Point and was stuck by the stern.

The all-weather lifeboat (ALB) was launched at 10.45pm under Coxswain David Reid and once on scene it launched its Y-class inflatable.

The rescue vessel, with Stephen Scally and David Mullen on board, pulled the boat off the rocks into deeper water. The craft was taken alongside the ALB and towed back to Campbeltown and safely berthed at the pontoon.

She was taken out of the water at Campbeltown slip on Monday morning and it was discovered she had damaged her stern drive.

The lifeboat crews were stood down by midnight.

TWENTY-FIVE YEARS AGO
Friday September 6, 1996

Ferry workers may strike

The lives of Argyll’s islanders, including those staying on Islay, Jura, Gigha and Colonsay, could be severely disrupted if a threatened ferry strike goes ahead.

Caledonian MacBrayne members of the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport workers (RMT) have been balloted for strike action over pay and working conditions.

The union has taken the step of balloting its members, for the first time in a number of years, following the breakdown of negotiations over pay.

RMT shipping organiser Steve Todd said that morale within its 350 members on the publicly-operated ferries was at an all-time low.

‘On an informal survey we went round and visited the ships and the attitude at the moment is one of total unhappiness with what is going on,’ said Mr Todd.

‘It is to be regretted if it causes disruption to the islanders because that is the last thing we want to do. It is a last resort to go on strike.’

CalMac’s personnel manager Ian Russell said no particular consideration had been given to the effects of a strike because he was ‘confident’ it would not happen.

‘Our employees won’t want to go on strike because of their commitment to the company and the communities they serve,’ he said, adding: ‘but obviously we can be wrong.’

Talks on wage increases were supposed to begin in April with a deal on the table by May for the 1996-97 pay claim, but negotiations were only started in June.

FIFTY YEARS AGO
Thursday September 9, 1971

New playing field opened

Drumlemble’s new playing field has been officially opened by Lieutenant-Colonel James Taylor, of Machrimore, Southend, a member of Argyll County Council.

Mr Archibald McNair, Kintyre district clerk of the county council, was also present.

The playing field equipment cost about £300, made possible largely by grants from the Playing Field Association and the District Council.

Local fundraising efforts included a sale of work which was opened by Colonel Taylor immediately after the playing field opening ceremony, and which raised the sum of £52.

Drumlemble children were quick to avail themselves of the excellent facilities provided by the new field, and soon set things literally buzzing.

Mr Alex McShannon, one of the village’s oldest inhabitants, presented Colonel Taylor with a tie stud, and proposed a vote of thanks.

In 1971: The fisheries research vessel Halcyon steams up Campbeltown Loch after her launch from the Campbeltown Shipyard. The boat, presently undergoing sea trials, is expected to sail to Glasgow on Monday, where she will be loaded onto a freighter and shipped to Mombasa. From there she will go 800 Miles overland to Lake Rudolf [now Lake Turkana], Kenya, and will carry out a two-year research project.
In 1971: The fisheries research vessel Halcyon steams up Campbeltown Loch after her launch from the Campbeltown Shipyard. The boat, presently undergoing sea trials, is expected to sail to Glasgow on Monday, where she will be loaded onto a freighter and shipped to Mombasa. From there she will go 800 Miles overland to Lake Rudolf [now Lake Turkana], Kenya, and will carry out a two-year research project.
ONE-HUNDRED YEARS AGO
Saturday September 10, 1921

Letters to the editor: Unusual fish found in Kilbrannan Sound

Carradale, Argyllshire, third September, 1921

Sir,

An unusual fish, viz, a Bonito, was caught at the mouth of the river today. It was 24 inches long, 16 inches girth, 9lb weight.

These fish are common in the tropics, where they hunt flying fish and cause them to take to flight to avoid capture.

They are extremely rare in these latitudes, and one must presume that this one was following sea trout into the river, where it got into shallow water, and was got out by some of the fisherman who happened to see it, and wondered what it was.

Bonitos are of the mackerel tribe, with stripes along the belly and a large mouth, small teeth, and a very large gullet.

-I am, etc, Austin MacKenzie.

Whitehouse telephone call office

A new call office has been opened at Whitehouse Sub-Post Office.

The fee for the use of the call office will be 3d [1.25 pence], and it will be connected with any exchange or call office in the United Kingdom which has full trunk facilities, upon payment of the appropriate additional fees.

For instance, the total fee for a three minutes’ conversation with a subscriber at Tarbert would be 4½d [about 1.75 pence], and with a subscriber at Glasgow, 1/9d [about nine pence].

Gigha sale of work

The annual sale of work in connection with the Women’s Guild of the Church of Scotland took place in the Public School on the 31st ult.

The Rev Donald Macfarlane MA occupied the chair and was accompanied by Mrs M’Nab, Miss Allen, and Major Allen of Gigha.

Miss Allen, in a few appropriate words, declared the sale open.

The sale was a most successful one and realised over £54.

Great credit is due to Miss Macfarlane, The Manse, who has for many years acted as secretary to the Guild.