From Our Files, January 21 2022

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TEN YEARS AGO
Friday January 20, 2012

Mull of Kintyre half marathon voted top event in UK

Organisers of the Mull of Kintyre Run (MOKRUN) are delighted that the half marathon event was voted as number one in the UK.

The event continues to receive fantastic reviews and feedback about the 2011 races and the committee is very excited about this year’s event.

‘The review in Runners World was amazing and runners have been extremely positive about the race, the Campbeltown area and its friendly locals that create the buzzing atmosphere the event is famous for,’ said a spokeswoman for MOKRUN.

The committee has been inundated with requests from people from around the UK and abroad since the 2012 race became full in December.

‘We may investigate the possibilities of increasing the field next year but we will need to evaluate the success of 2012 first,’ said the spokeswoman.

New store too pricey for Tesco

Increasing costs have caused Tesco to pull plans for a new superstore.

The Courier understands the increase in cost meant it was not viable for Tesco to invest in a new store in Campbeltown.

Although there was a mixed reaction from locals about the news, a new cheese-making facility was welcomed across the area.

Many locals are asking why, at this late stage, Tesco has pulled out; to waste the amount of time and effort that has gone in so far.

A Tesco spokesman told the Courier it had spent a lot of time and money on the plans and share the disappointment: ‘We are absolutely committed to the town. I’d pay tribute to our staff who continue to work hard for customers.’

The revised plan for a new creamery will secure 100 jobs and 38 dairy farms, and the new factory will be funded with up to £2 million from the Scottish Government and funds from First Milk, the UK’s leading dairy farming cooperative.

In 2012: Over the last 40 years, Campbeltown Flower Club has gone from strength to strength. Iona MacNeill cut the cake at the Seafield Hotel on Tuesday evening to celebrate 40 years since she started the club. Members past and present gathered for a meal to celebrate the special anniversary.
In 2012: Over the last 40 years, Campbeltown Flower Club has gone from strength to strength. Iona MacNeill cut the cake at the Seafield Hotel on Tuesday evening to celebrate 40 years since she started the club. Members past and present gathered for a meal to celebrate the special anniversary.

TWENTY-FIVE YEARS AGO
Friday January 17, 1997

Flu knocks them for six

Fears that Campbeltown Grammar School would have to close because of an ongoing flu epidemic were allayed this week, despite a rising number of absentees.

On Tuesday, January 14, a total of 228 people called in sick; 204 pupils or 38 per cent of students, 10 teachers and four non-teaching staff.

‘At the present, we are coping through the employment of supply staff from as far afield as Lochgilphead and thanks to the efforts of staff in providing internal cover,’ said Mr Crossan, Campbeltown Grammar School director. ‘While some classes are having to be amalgamated, there are no plans to close the school.’

Pupil absences have been even higher than average since the start of term but the absentee rate has risen dramatically over the past week.

On Monday, January 6, the figure stood at 10 per cent, nearly double the expected rate.

And yet by Monday, January 13, this had risen even further to 34 per cent and by Tuesday, January 14, 38 per cent.

The worst affected year group was S4, with an absent rate on Monday of 52 per cent, although this dropped to 51 per cent on Tuesday.

‘I don’t ever recall it being this high,’ added Mr Crossan. ‘But indications are at the moment that it’s going to continue.’

Across Kintyre, the picture was similar, although not quite so severe. Drumlemble, Rhunahaorine and Dalintober primary schools were all badly hit with absences, around a third of the total roll in each case, but in all three schools the staff fortunately remained relatively unaffected with only one or two teachers being off.

Elsewhere in Campbeltown, both Castlehill and Saint Kieran’s primary schools also remained largely unaffected, with absent rates remaining below 10 per cent.

And outside South Kintyre, few schools were affected whatsoever.

The Campbeltown Health Centre reported a comparatively typical level of demand for this time of year with a spokesperson saying that it had not been particularly affected by the minor epidemic.

Fishing focus

The post-Christmas blues seem to have struck fisherman just as much as everyone else with only 1,180 boxes of fish being landed last week.

One or two boats started back the weekend after New Year, but the majority waited until Monday before venturing out.

Catches were good at the start of the week but, as the week progressed, strong tides forced them to drop.

Four Northern Irish boats started the week fishing around Kintyre but, by Wednesday, there were only two and, by Thursday, there were none.

The scallop boats which were working around the west side of Kintyre moved round to the Clyde mid-week, but catches remained poor all over and with the New Year, the majority of the creel boats seem to have given up fishing for buckies.

FIFTY YEARS AGO
Thursday January 20, 1972

Water, water everywhere!

Several Campbeltown streets were flooded on Tuesday when torrential rain, which later turned to sleet, fell incessantly.

Worst hit in the burgh was, as usual, Lochend, where streets were under several feet of water and some low-doored premises were in danger of being washed out.

Glebe Street, Ralston Road and parts of Meadows Road were also badly affected.

The Campbeltown to Carradale road was treacherous in places with numerous deep areas of flooding.

Drain covers were forced up in different parts of the town.

The local fishing fleet and other vessels were forced to run for the safety of Campbeltown Harbour when a gale force south easterly wind rose at sea; 8 mm of rain fell during three hours on Tuesday.

And the rainfall figure for the first 17 days of January was almost 4 inches.

More sun in the Wee Toon

Campbeltown had 15 hours more sunshine in 1971 than in 1970.

Top of the sun charts was May, with 220 hours. The lowest figure was December, with a little more than 30 hours.

In all, we basked under 1,484 hours of warmth compared to 1,469 hours in 1970.

A monthly breakdown of the sun hours is given below:

January 52.8; February 63.4; March 123; April 169; May 120.6; June 184.7; July 1 193.7; August 136.8; September 135; October 111.6; November 63.6; December 30.3.

Probably the most disappointing month was August, when 136 hours were recorded.

An interesting point has come out of the sun totals. Compared with that of the evergreen holiday resort Rothesay, Campbeltown had 135 more hours of sun.

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