From Our Files, November 26 2021

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TEN YEARS AGO
Friday November 25, 2011

Kintyre farm named dairy farm of the year

An excellent accolade can be added to the farming community in Kintyre – East Drumlemble Farm has been named dairy farm of the year.

The Ralston family, trading as Thomas Ralston and Sons, was awarded the Agri Scott title, which is sponsored by World Wide Sires.

Father Willie, with wife Catherine and sons Andrew and Murray, were all involved in the family business milking 200 Ayrshires.

The award highlights excellence in dairy farming and is based on many criteria including calving age, calving index, yield, somatic cell count and disease control.

It also encompasses having a great herd of happy well-managed cows.

This is the first time an Ayrshire herd has achieved the number one position in this prestigious award.

The Ralston family has been dairy farming at East Drumlemble since 1908, with William’s brother John also running a 160-cow black and white herd.

Judge Sue Cope, executive director of the Cattle Information Service, said that deciding the overall title from the top four finalists was a most difficult task as each one excelled in all the criteria.

‘However, not only do the Ralstons have a great herd of cows with a fantastic management, right from the newborn calf to the mature herd, but they have constantly planned and improved buildings for cow comfort and made new and wise use of older buildings,’ she said.

TWENTY-FIVE YEARS AGO
Friday November 22, 1996

Time’s up and down for the town hall clock

Storm damage which occurred during the first week of November looks set to cost Argyll and Bute Council more than £166,000.

And one of the victims of the storms, which ripped through Kintyre, appears to have been the Campbeltown Town Hall clock.

Half of the shorthand from one of the faces of the clock fell off and was picked up by a passerby who took it to the local council offices, where it remained until arrangements could be made to re-affix it.

On Tuesday the council hired a ‘cherry picker’ to enable workmen to ascend the dizzying heights and remove the remaining half of the hand before gluing it and returning it to its rightful place.

During the night of Tuesday November 5 to Wednesday November 6, council property including offices, schools, playing fields, public buildings, parks and public toilets were damaged due to high winds and heavy rainfall across the area.

In 1996: Repairing the town hall clock after the gales.
In 1996: Repairing the town hall clock after the gales.

Caol Ila helps community to mark 150th

Employees at the Caol Ila Distillery on Islay have come up with a unique way of celebrating the distillery’s 150th anniversary this year.

They have set themselves the target of raising more than £12,000 for local charities.

Mr David Hardy, of United Distillers, explained: ‘We’ve held a get-together for over 60 people who have worked here in the past, but we also want to mark this important milestone in the distillery’s history by making a contribution to the local community.’

As a result, everything from inscribed decanters, jugs and glasses to unique paperweights and clocks made from cask ends have been produced for sale.

‘One of the best money-spinning ideas from our clerk Flora MacAffer was to produce a commemorative book containing as many photographs of the distillery and its employees as we could find,’ said Mr Hardy.

‘It goes back over 100 years and provides a fascinating record of the distillery’s history,’ he added.

Caol Ila has gone from strength to strength since it was established by Hector Henderson on the shores of the Sound of Islay in 1846.

FIFTY YEARS AGO
Thursday November 25, 1971

Hamster’s remarkable survival in the car heater

While Mr Terry Lambert was holidaying in Leeds with his wife and six-year-old daughter Karen, he decided to purchase a golden hamster for the little girl.

But that very evening, while the family were out for a drive, the hamster, which she named Cinnamon, leapt from her grasp and disappeared into the car’s heating system.

The Lamberts, who stay at the Moy Farm, Campbeltown, searched in vain for the small animal, and failed to lure him out with food.

The following day the family was due to drive the 364 miles home to Campbeltown, and, as there was no sign of the hamster, they set off.

It was cold and wet on the drive northwards and the heater was in operation all the time.

Then last week, nine days after Cinnamon had disappeared, he bounced out of the car while it was parked outside the Post Office in Campbeltown.

Cinnamon, still rather thin, is now living happily with Honey, another hamster bought to replace it.

ONE HUNDRED YEARS AGO
Saturday November 26, 1921

Launch at the Trench

The Campbeltown Ship Building Company Limited launched on the 17th inst. the steel screw steamer Odysseus of about 7,000 ton deadweight, which they have built for M George C Dracculis of Ithaca, Greece.

The naming ceremony was performed by Madame P Dracculis, London, wife of one of the owners.

Machinery is being supplied by Messrs David Rowan and Co Ltd, Glasgow.

Neil M’Bain goes south – record transfer fee

Manchester United created a stir in Scottish football circles last week, when Neil M’Bain, Ayr United, and W Henderson, Airdrieonians, were duly transferred.

The amounts of the transfer fees have not been disclosed officially but the manager of Ayr United told the Sunday Post that he believed the fee received for M’Bain was a record fee for a Scottish player.

It has been put unofficially at anything from £3,000 up to £4,500 [£150,000-£225,000 present day], and in view of what the Ayr manager said, the fee must be in the region of the latter sum. M’Bain’s share is roughly placed at £1,000 [£50,000].

The fee for Henderson is understood to be around £2,000 [£100,000].

United supporters are lamenting the departure of the club’s cleverest player and the directors are being blamed for transferring him.

But M’Bain told the Sunday Post that it was he who desired to be transferred. He requested the directors to let him go and it was with great reluctance that they consented.

It is understood that other clubs after M’Bain were Manchester City and Cardiff City.