From Our Files, December 3 2021

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TEN YEARS AGO
Friday December 2, 2011

Landslide at the Rest and Be Thankful

Fears for the safety of the A83 were back on the agenda on Thursday morning after an early morning landslide at the Rest and Be Thankful.

Police and surveyors were at the scene as the Courier went to press, and it was unknown how bad the landslide was, or for how long the road would be closed, forcing people to add hours to their journeys.

‘It was inevitable that there would be another landslide at the Rest and Be Thankful and it is even more frustrating that my pleas have been totally ignored in respect to researching the alternative forestry road route which runs parallel to the existing road,’ said Argyll First councillor Donald Kelly.

‘Hopefully now the Scottish Government will take action and take every conceivable opportunity to circumvent this notorious landslide area.’

He was also worried about hospital transfers by plane during the present bad weather leaving people to face a long ambulance journey by road.

MP welcomes fuel duty increase postponement

Alan Reid MP for Argyll and Bute said he welcomed the Chancellor of the Exchequer’s announcement that January’s three pence fuel duty increase planned for August will not go ahead.

The Chancellor’s decision was to defer the 3.02 pence per litre fuel duty increase that was due to take effect on January 2012 until August 1 2012.

TWENTY-FIVE YEARS AGO
Friday November 29, 1996

New museum venture under the spotlight

Further details of the proposed £4 million Campbeltown Naval Museum were released this week at the annual general meeting of the Kintyre Marketing Group.

Along with preparatory sketches and artists’ impressions of how the centre might actually look, Jim Tildeslet, the director of the Scottish Maritime Museum, explained more fully the financial situation.

‘We believe it will make a loss annually, even with the ferry bringing more people into the area,’ he said.

‘However, I am not aware of a museum or heritage centre anywhere which, while fulfilling the museum standards, is actually making money.

‘Putting together the capital provision is not a problem, that’s the easy part to achieve and will take about 12 to 18 months but we need a subsidy and it’s up to your local authority.’

It is expected to cost just over £4 million to build the centre with predictions of an average revenue loss of about £30,000 a year.

According to Mr Tildeslet, so far the response from the council has been quite good.

‘There’s an only initial indication from the local councillors, but they were all fairly supportive.

‘However, the type of money we are talking about here is not relatively big in local government terms and we are talking about the 1998 and 1999 budget,’ he added.

He also gave further details of what the centre might actually look like and what it would contain.

FIFTY YEARS AGO
Thursday September 2, 1971

Fisherman’s amazing find from the bottom of the Clyde

While the Carradale fishing boat Sea Nymph was trawling for scallops in the Firth Clyde, crewmen noticed a bottle tumbling from the net onto the deck.

When the decks were cleared, the bottle was handed into the wheelhouse where skipper Colin Galbraith examined it.

To his astonishment, he found a rolled up postcard inside the fancy bottle when he unscrewed the top.

He was amazed to read the message which said: ‘SS Pointer Firth of Clyde 1st August 1899. A voice from the deep. Please post.’

The card was addressed to Mrs Black of Sunnybank, Flixton, Manchester. The card, which is of the earlier pre-stamped type, bears a Victoria half-penny.

The message, which was written in pencil, was perfectly preserved, presumably since it was in a vacuum. The bottle had the name of a Helensburgh chemist stamped on it.

Skipper Galbraith can’t help wondering if Mrs Black is still alive. And he cannot fathom out why a bottle sank to the seabed.

Footnote: two days before he trawled up the bottle, skipper Galbraith’s 20-year-old son, John, received a letter from a girl on the Ivory Coast.

While John was serving aboard a huge tanker, he cast a message into the sea in a bottle somewhere in the Persian Gulf.

His note said that if the finder was a girl, he would welcome correspondence from her. Lo and behold a letter from a female arrived at his home in Broomfield, Carradale. He intends to reply to the girl.

ONE HUNDRED YEARS AGO
Saturday December 3, 1921

Water Committee

The Water Committee reported that having had under consideration the question of a fire brigade and the appliances in possession of the corporation for extinguishing fire, the committee resolved to recommend to the council that the services of five or six young men should be secured to work as a Fire Brigade under the supervision of the Burgh Surveyor, at a retaining fee of £2 per annum, which should cover four practises during the year, and that in the event of their being called out to extinguish a fire they be each paid the sum of £1.

The committee also agreed that the corporation should be in possession of several ladders for use in the event of a fire.

It was agreed that the whole fire extinguishing appliances of the corporation should be under the charge of the Burgh Surveyor.

Sparks and flashes

The Duke of Argyll has written Mr Alex Ollar congratulating him on the notable successes won by his Scotch Greys at the Crystal Palace Show. His Grace was especially interested as he visited Kilkerran last summer and saw the birds there.

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Farmers would be well advised to attend carefully to the security of their outbuildings at night, as hen stealers have been making their presence felt of late. One farm in the vicinity of the town lost between a dozen and a score of birds recently.

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Characteristic enterprise has been shown by Mr J Donald, chemist, Longrow South, in equipping his business premises with electric light. The installation has been made by Messrs Craig Bros., Longrow. Power is provided by an oil engine, driving a Petter dynamo. The installation has been most successful and makes Mr Donald’s premises prominent in the street.