From Our Files, May 13 2022

In 1972: The boys and girls of Campbeltown Soccer Club showed off their new kit at the Saturday morning training session in the Victoria Hall. The equipment was paid for by the staff pictured using the proceeds of a sponsored cycle from Campbeltown to Tarbert.
In 1972: The boys and girls of Campbeltown Soccer Club showed off their new kit at the Saturday morning training session in the Victoria Hall. The equipment was paid for by the staff pictured using the proceeds of a sponsored cycle from Campbeltown to Tarbert.

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TEN YEARS AGO
Friday May 11, 2012

Tense wait for decision on town hall lottery bid

The battle to save the town hall has moved to a critical stage this week as an application for a grant of nearly £1 million was submitted to the Big Lottery Fund.

A month ago, the Courier reported that, without urgent renovation, the town hall risked deteriorating and being permanently lost as an asset to the community.

If the application proves successful, its future should be assured as the lottery money would make up the bulk of the £1.3 million total cost.

But with decisions from Big Lottery usually taking around six weeks to arrive, and no middle ground between a straight forward ‘yes or no’, the wait will be a nervous one.

Eric Spence, consultant on the town hall project, who prepared the documents for the application, said he was optimistic.

‘We think we have got a strong case,’ he said. ‘There’s obviously a great need for the town hall in the community.

‘But even if we don’t get the lottery funding, it won’t be the end of the world. If it didn’t come about, we would have to look at multi-agency funding.’

In 2012: Owen Reid, Millar Irwin, Hannah Black and Kelsey Graham were among pupils from Castlehill Primary School who went out on a clean-up. Accompanied by teachers and parents, they collected litter from the Meadows Playing Fields and Ralston Road areas around the school.
In 2012: Owen Reid, Millar Irwin, Hannah Black and Kelsey Graham were among pupils from Castlehill Primary School who went out on a clean-up. Accompanied by teachers and parents, they collected litter from the Meadows Playing Fields and Ralston Road areas around the school.

Goals galore as Pupils hit seven

Campbeltown Pupils 7
Centre 1

A rare day for the McFadyen-sponsored Campbeltown Pupils, as the team ran riot against dispirited opponents from East Kilbride.

The game was all but over within 15 minutes of the kick-off, a period in which the Kintyre side raced into a three-goal lead.

The first arrived in two minutes, Gregor McFadyen outpacing the visitors’ defence before cutting inside to send a low drive into the bottom corner of the net.

When Ryan Gilchrist added a second in the seventh minute of the match, the flood gates were well and truly opened.

The home side were playing with confidence as move after move was laced together in a precise fashion, however, a piece of luck summed up the visitors’ day.

As a defender tried to clear his lines, the ball struck Gary Grumoli and rebounded into the net for a killer third goal.

Liam Renton got into the act on the half hour mark, a flowing attach completed in clinical fashion with a strike from the edge of the box.

The home players could be well pleased with their work at half-time, a four-goal cushion and what seemed an unassailable lead.

McFadyen grabbed a fifth early in the second from close range, this, before Gilchrist added further pain with his second and the team’s sixth with more than half an hour still to play.

Centre pegged a goal back with a fine drive across the face of the advancing goalkeeper, a brief respite before substitute Martin McCallum completed the scoring with an absolute beauty from all of 30 yards.

TWENTY-FIVE YEARS AGO
Friday May 9, 1997

Claonaig ferry sails to HMS Vandal war grave

The Claonaig to Lochranza ferry last weekend carried a memorial party to the spot where the sunken submarine HMS Vandal lies.

The ferry which links Kintyre and Arran carried the party for head of the Royal Navy Submarine Service, Flag Officer Submarines, Rear Admiral James Perowne to lay a wreath at sea where submariners lost their lives more than 50 years ago.

HMS Vandal and her crew were lost in the murky waters off Arran in 1943 and was made a war grave after the stricken submarine was discovered three years ago by a Royal Navy minehunter.

A memorial cairn naming those who died was erected on Arran overlooking the spot where she now lies after sinking with all hands.

Also on Saturday, the memorial cairn was dedicated by Rear Admiral Perowne.

The circumstances of her sinking remained a mystery, however, one crew member did survive, 21-year-old stoker Larry Gaines, who would have sailed with her that day and had even stowed his gear on board, but was ill and had been placed sick ashore.

Mr Gaines, now 74, who attended the ceremony on Saturday, said: ‘She was originally named HMS Unbridled but her name was changed to Vandal before she first sailed.

‘Some of the lads told the captain it was a bad omen but it didn’t make any difference.

FIFTY YEARS AGO
Thursday May 11, 1972

Canadian gift to pipe band

Mr William MacCallum, the secretary of Campbeltown Pipe Band, has received from Canada a framed photograph of what is believed to be Campbeltown’s first pipe band.

The photograph, which is to be presented to the pipe band, has been donated by exiled Campbeltonians Neil Galbraith, James Galbraith and Janet Parkington (née Galbraith), and in his letter to the band secretary, James Galbraith names three of the eight players, and hopes that the names of the others will be found locally.

Mr Galbraith also states that his father, Donald Galbraith was Pipe Major, and that it is almost certain that the photograph is not only old, but that of the first Campbeltown Pipe Band.

The letter from the three donors comes from Ontario, Canada, and with the photograph, will become the proud possession of the present pipe band.

In 1972: The boys and girls of Campbeltown Soccer Club showed off their new kit at the Saturday morning training session in the Victoria Hall. The equipment was paid for by the staff pictured using the proceeds of a sponsored cycle from Campbeltown to Tarbert.
In 1972: The boys and girls of Campbeltown Soccer Club showed off their new kit at the Saturday morning training session in the Victoria Hall. The equipment was paid for by the staff pictured using the proceeds of a sponsored cycle from Campbeltown to Tarbert.

Parking concession becomes law provided

During recent years, motorists in Campbeltown have been afforded the concession of being allowed to park their vehicles during the hours of darkness without displaying lights, but since April 30, 1972, these local concessions have become law, provided certain conditions are complied with.

The exemptions apply only to goods vehicles under 30 cwts, motorcars adapted to carry not more than seven passengers and motorcycles, and allows parking without lights on roads which have a speed limit of 30 mph or less, provided the vehicle is parked with its left or nearside as close as possible to the left hand edge of the road and not less than 15 yards from any road junction.

The police will be active during the hours of darkness to ensure that the conditions of the regulations are being complied with.

In 1952: Seventy years ago the National Coal Board was advertising for miners for Kintyre.
In 1952: Seventy years ago the National Coal Board was advertising for miners for Kintyre.

SEVENTY YEARS AGO
Thursday May 8, 1952

Changes at Glen Lussa

A reinforced concrete arch dam has been built at Glen Lussa, for the North of Scotland Hydro-Electric scheme.

Behind this 284 feet long dam, 450 feet above sea level, is the vast two-mile long reservoir with a storage capacity of 207 million cubic feet.

The site for the dam lends itself to the use of horizontal arch construction for the central portion with short abutments of gravity section at each end.

The horizontal arch has a radius of 150 feet and a length of 160 feet, measuring along the upstream face.

The total volume of concrete in the dam is about 5,000 cubic yards.

The reservoir has been stocked with trout.

Mr BP Johnson, the area manager, is seen putting the young fish into the water at Glen Lussa; immediately beside him is Mr Archie Roberts, the honorary secretary of the Kintyre Angling Club, and an enthusiastic spectator is Mr Johnston’s schoolboy son Peter.
Mr BP Johnstone, the area manager, is seen putting the young fish into the water at Glen Lussa; immediately beside him is Mr Archie Roberts, the honorary secretary of the Kintyre Angling Club, and an enthusiastic spectator is Mr Johnstone’s schoolboy son Peter. Edit: Mr Roberts’ first name was Ronald, not Archie.