From our Files, October 22 2021

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TEN YEARS AGO
Friday October 21, 2011

Campbeltown fish quay buzzing

Campbeltown fish quay was buzzing last week, with more than 40 fishing boats in overnight last Monday.

There were 35 Irish fishing boats from Portavogie, Kilkeel and Ardglass, as well as 10 of the local fleet.

They were landing in Campbeltown and it was a busy night for the boys working at the fish market.

Harbour master Stephen Scally said it was great seeing Campbeltown busy with fishing vessels and landing good catches again; the pier was buzzing with crews and workers.

Strong winds and rain batter Kintyre

The first heavy rain storm of winter hit Kintyre this week, topping up the rain gauges and flooding fields and roads.

Parts of Kilkenzie and Bellochantuy were covered in deep surface water and all fields and burns were swollen with water to bursting point in places.

By Tuesday, 18 days into October, the monthly rainfall had beaten that of September.

Harbour master Stephen Scally reports that in the 24 hours between midday on Monday and Tuesday 0.56 inches of rain fell, taking the October total so far to five inches; in September there was only 4.29 inches for the whole month.

At Campbeltown Airport, the anemometer was hitting 41 knots, 47 mph, during gusts of wind.

And the bad news is this weekend could see more bad weather, with meteorologists watching two low-pressure systems which could be the starting point for another severe storm.

TWENTY-FIVE YEARS AGO
Friday October 11, 1996

Concern over proposed Keil Hotel project

Speculation continues over the future of the Keil Hotel following the announcement last week that an interim liquidator had been appointed for Premier Cuisine.

It had initially arisen because it was believed Premier Cuisine was the parent company of Keil Leisure, the firm which is undertaking the refit of the Keil Hotel.

Keil Leisure announced in February this year it would be carrying out the £2 million refit of the Keil Hotel in Southend with plans to turn it into a four-star hotel and country club.

However, when the Courier spoke to Mr Brian Morton, the managing director of Premier Cuisine, this week, he denied any link between the two companies.

And he stressed the refurbishment of the Keil Hotel was still going ahead by Keil Leisure and that nothing had changed.

The official public notice which had sparked off the worries was published in the Glasgow Herald last week on behalf of HM Commissioners of Customs and Excise.

The notice gives details of the proposed winding up of Premier Cuisine and the appointment of an interim liquidator following the presentation of a petition to the sheriff at Glasgow and Strathkelvin on September 17.

A Customs and Excise spokesman said the case was most definitely live and that they would be proceeding with it to recoup their money which he described as ‘a substantial amount’.

FIFTY YEARS AGO
Thursday October 14, 1971

Beware of the man in the yellow cap!

Campbeltown’s first traffic warden began patrolling the burgh streets on Monday.

He is Mr Albert Brown, of Kildonald Cottage, by Peninver. Mr Brown and his wife came to live at the cottage about a year ago from Erskine, Renfrewshire.

Mr Brown spent last week at Argyll County Police Headquarters in Lochgilphead before commencing his duties in the town.

In an interview, Mr Brown said he found Campbeltown drivers very co-operative and he has had no trouble with motorists.

He does not think there is a serious traffic problem in Campbeltown and says there is ample parking space in side streets.

Because of this, there is no reason why motorists should contravene the no-waiting orders, he said.

Mr Brown is also responsible for directing a steady flow of traffic through the burgh at peak times and has been on points duty several times.

Should Mr Brown find himself left with no alternative but to ‘book’ a motorist, his report goes to the local police station and is dealt with there. He has the full backing of the police. It is hoped he will have a personal two-way radio soon.

Mr Brown feels traffic lights would serve a useful purpose at the Longrow South and Main Street junction.

Mr Brown served throughout the last war in the 45th Marine Commandos, when he was awarded the Military Medal.

ONE HUNDRED YEARS AGO
Saturday October 22, 1921

Sparks and flashes

A further reduction in the price of Drumlemble coal has been made this week. The local fuel is now to be had at 32s 6d a ton, or 1s 11d a cwt, delivered.

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The villa Craigowan, which belonged to the late Mr Robert Hogarth, has, we understand, been purchased by the proprietors of Hazelburn Distillery.

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Herring fishing is almost at a standstill in the local waters. Last week, only 16 baskets were landed at 17s a basket. This week so far has been absolutely blank.

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Another fine addition has been made to the Campbeltown fishing fleet. Mr John Cameron, Bolgam Street, has bought the Girvan boat Alipede I from Mr A M McCrindle. She is a nice boat, fitted with a 15-20 Kelvin engine.

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Mr Peter Dewar, who was president of the Campbeltown and District Football Association for the past two years, has been presented by the association with a smoker’s outfit on the occasion of his leaving for a new appointment in Islay. From his friends in the Liberal Club, Mr Dewar has received a travelling bag as a parting gift.

[Editor’s note: Today, smoking is actively discouraged as a health risk but a century ago it was considered acceptable; a smoker’s companion or outfit was a matching decorative set of ashtrays, match holders, tobacco, cigar or cigarette boxes and a pipe rack.]

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The luck of the draw in the Scottish Junior Cup competition has been going strongly in favour of Grammar School Former Pupils. For the third time they have been drawn at home. Their opponents in the third round are Ardeer. The fixture has to be played before November 5.

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Argyll Mountain Battery has won the Brigade trophy competed for by the three batteries of the 1st Highland Mountain Brigade RGA (T) while in camp at Buddon. The Ross Battery carried out its practice early in August, while the Argyll and Bute batteries competed during the last fortnight in September. The winning of this trophy reflects the greatest credit on the young gunners who so efficiently manned the battery’s guns during the practice and it will also give pleasure to the old gunners of pre-war days to know the young generation is proving worthy successors.