From Our Files, January 7 2022

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TEN YEARS AGO
Friday January 6, 2012

Damage caused by strong winds

Machrihanish and Islay topped the highest gusts of wind recorded in the west of Scotland on Tuesday.

Throughout the early hours of Tuesday and into the afternoon, Kintyre took a battering, and wind gusts were recorded as 92 mph at Machrihanish at 8pm by the Met Office.

Islay is reported to have been as high as 97 mph around the same time.

Roads were closed in some areas due to debris from beaches and the sea washing onto the road, with some buildings suffering structural damage.

The lead from many of the Ugadale Cottages at Machrihanish was blown off and Machrihanish Golf Club also received damage to the course caused by the sea washing seaweed and debris onto the course.

Electricity was off for most of Tuesday for West Kintyre and a lot of damage was caused to properties at the Sound of Kintyre.

The road outside the County Garage in Campbeltown was shut for most of Tuesday and boulders washed up onto the A83 at Tangy Beach causing the road to be shut temporarily as cars were struggling to get by.

Lifeboat rescues four

Four people were rescued from Davaar Island, near Campbeltown, on Monday afternoon after being trapped by the rising tide.

The all-weather lifeboat (ALB) launched under David Cox with six crew on board at 3pm.

The Y-boat from the ALB was launched once on scene and the two men and two women were transferred onto the ALB by the Y-boat.

They were then taken to the lifeboat pontoon at Campbeltown Old Quay.

TWENTY-FIVE YEARS AGO
Friday January 3, 1997

Kintyre snails are taken on board

Top quality food from Argyll and Lochaber, including Tayinloan, is being offered to visitors at the London Boat Show, which opened at Earls Court on Thursday, January 2.

Taking local food to the show is part of a drive by two local enterprise companies to promote the wealth of fresh produce available all from Scotland’s west coast and help boost links between tourism and food and drink.

Top Argyll chefs and others from farther afield will be preparing a range of mouth-watering dishes utilising the area’s products including oysters, venison, scallops and meat from Scotland’s only snail farm based in Tayinloan.

In addition, there will be new products from the area including trout caviar, goat’s cheese and fortune cookies.

Argyll and the Islands Enterprise, along with Lochaber Ltd, is staging up to seven cookery demonstrations a day at the 20-day show, which is expected to attract more than 150,000 people.

A recipe booklet has been prepared and will be handed out to visitors to the Sail Scotland stand which features the AIE and Lochaber Limited ‘Feast of Nature’ display.

As well as demonstrations, visitors will be able to sample oysters at a specially-created oyster bar and a range of other foods.

Speed cameras for Argyll’s roads

Speed cameras could be installed on Argyll roads in a bid to cut down on speed-related accidents.

Argyll and Bute Council’s roads director Alistair Gow told councillors that use of both fixed and portable cameras to detect speeding had increased dramatically in the last few years.

They had been pioneered by the former Strathclyde Regional Council which had paid for their purchase and installation with the police meeting the running costs.

From the limited information available, an average drop of 20 per cent in injury accidents was being achieved where they were being used in the UK.

‘A substantial proportion of injury accidents within Argyll and Bute are speed related and in view of the above statistics, remote speed enforcement could substantially reduce the occurrence of accidents of this nature,’ he said.

‘There are other types of equipment available which are not intended to operate as enforcement tools, but instead to convey a visual message to speeding motorists. This equipment has the advantage of raising driver awareness of the technology available, without the need to proceed with enforcement.’

Councillors agreed that officials should investigate the various forms of remote speed detection equipment, in consultation with Strathclyde Police and the Scottish Office, as trunk roads authority, and report back.

FIFTY YEARS AGO
Thursday January 6, 1972

A quiet New Year in the ‘Wee Toon’

The New Year in Campbeltown was celebrated quietly at the weekend.

Apart from a few breathalyser tests, police said the town was remarkably quiet. There were no incidents of breach of the peace, assaults and so on.

All was peaceful on Islay too.

No public houses or hotel bars were open to the public on New Year’s Day, which undoubtedly helped to keep everything quiet.

There was one New Year’s Day incident. A van belonging to the Rediffusion television company struck a wall on Low Askomill. Nobody was hurt.

The breathalyser appears to have retained its purpose.

All the burgh’s taxis were kept going non-stop over the Christmas and New Year period and operators reported heavy bookings.

The West Coast coaches were also well used by people who sensibly left the car at home.

Shops were kept busy during the few festive days and licensed grocers sold big amounts of the ‘cratur’ and other alcoholic drinks.

Christmas and New Year Day babies expected at Craigard Maternity Hospital failed to arrive and the staff had a quiet time of it.

New Year at the big house

A large crowd of people of all denominations and from all over the country converged on Carradale House, home of the authoress Mrs Naomi Mitchison, to take part in the New Year celebrations.

This was the 33rd time that Mrs Mitchison had played host to a large number of guests at Carradale.

Politicians, government workers, farmers and fishermen all mingled together, danced, sung and sampled an excellent buffet.

Many Carradale villagers were also present.

Addressing the guests, Mrs Mitchison talked about the effects of the Common Market and fishermen. She has always been a worker for their benefit.

Mr Denis McIntosh, a close friend of the Mitchisons, replied and thanked her for the work she had done in the village, district, county and country.

In 2012: Janette Jansson, right, from Southworth Development LLC's Ugadale and Cottages, presented Sarah Livingstone and Bill Roy from Laggan Opportunity and Amenities Fund (LOAF) a cheque for £25,000. The money will be used towards the village's play park. LOAF has managed to raise £98,000 of funds, including the donation from Southworth Development, match-funding from Argyll and Isles LEADER and a donation from Argyll Community Housing Association (ACHA).
In 2012: Janette Jansson, right, from Southworth Development LLC’s Ugadale and Cottages, presented Sarah Livingstone and Bill Roy from Laggan Opportunity and Amenities Fund (LOAF) a cheque for £25,000. The money will be used towards the village’s play park. LOAF has managed to raise £98,000 of funds, including the donation from Southworth Development, match-funding from Argyll and Isles LEADER and a donation from Argyll Community Housing Association (ACHA).