From Our Files, June 17 2022

In 2012: Children from Campbeltown Community Church’s baby and toddler group made flags to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.
In 2012: Children from Campbeltown Community Church’s baby and toddler group made flags to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

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TEN YEARS AGO
Friday June 15, 2012

Fishing boats find themselves high and dry

An epic 20-hour operation to get two Irish fishing boats off rocks at New Orleans, near to Second Waters, has been successful.

Campbeltown Lifeboat was called out at 8.20am on Thursday June 7 to vessels The Argent and Elegant II, which had gone hard aground at high water earlier that morning.

The Argent had tried to pull Elegant II from the rocks, but got stuck also.

The all-weather lifeboat, under Coxswain David Cox with seven crew on board, and the inshore lifeboat, under helmsman Fraser McNair with two crew, was launched.

When they arrived on scene, both casualties were high and dry on the shore.

The lifeboats decided to return to Campbeltown to pick up equipment and return on the rising tide.

The lifeboat returned to the scene at 11.30am and, at 2pm, managed to pull The Argent clear at high tide.

However, the lifeboat crews, assisted by two fishing vessels, were unable to pull the Elegant II off which was further up the beach.

The lifeboat decided to return in the early hours of Friday morning, to attempt once again to pull the vessel clear.

At 3.47am, they were successful and it was confirmed that the boat was not taking on water.

She was escorted back to Campbeltown Loch by the lifeboat and crews were stood down at 4.50am.

‘We were assisted in the rescue by other fishing boats that were in the area and we would like to thank them for their time and effort,’ said Coxswain David Cox.

In 2012: Campbeltown Young Firefighters have received a prestigious award scooping £1,000. The unit was voted organisation of the year at the Argyll and Bute Volunteer Awards last Friday. They were up against various organisations from across the area. Group commander Stuart McLean of Strathclyde Fire and Rescue Service congratulated Paul Souden and Jim Parr as well as the cadets on their achievement. Left to right: Kelly McSporran, Chris Thompson, Paul Souden and Jim Parr.
In 2012: Campbeltown Young Firefighters have received a prestigious award scooping £1,000. The unit was voted organisation of the year at the Argyll and Bute Volunteer Awards last Friday. They were up against various organisations from across the area. Group commander Stuart McLean of Strathclyde Fire and Rescue Service congratulated Paul Souden and Jim Parr as well as the cadets on their achievement. Left to right: Kelly McSporran, Chris Thompson, Paul Souden and Jim Parr.

TWENTY FIVE YEARS AGO
Friday June 20, 1997

Tourism businesses gear up for ferry boom

Hotels and guesthouses across Kintyre are leading the way in making preparations for the start of the new ferry service, now only 10 days away.

Hoping to cash in on the expected stream of holidaymakers and commercial business people using the new route, many firms are already well prepared.

Combining greater advertising with improved facilities and tempting offers, proprietors are getting set to make the most of the major opportunity.

‘We’ve just had a major refurbishment,’ said Bruce Urquhart of Ballegreggan House.

‘We did up all the bedrooms, putting in new shower rooms and generally upgraded.

‘We have substantially improved the quality of what’s on offer, hopefully with an eye on the ferry, but with an eye on the rest of the tourism business as well.’

Other hotels such as the Ardshiel and the Royal in Campbeltown have invested more in advertising than in previous years, taking out advertisements in Northern Irish papers.

‘We’ve got some advertising boards going up outside the hotel, but I have also already contacted every golf club in Eire and the North,’ said Peter Stockdale, owner of the White Hart.

‘We do golfing breaks and we’ve had quite a few over the years including ones from the Royal Portrush.’

Backing up the efforts being made by the hotels and guesthouses throughout Kintyre, Argyll and the Islands Enterprise is lending support wherever it can.

On top of the £200,000 upgrade to the Talbot and Campbeltown Tourist Information Centres, the group has awarded a further £107,600 of grant aid to Kintyre hotels in this financial year.

FIFTY YEARS AGO
Thursday June 22, 1972

Yacht aground

A small yacht ran aground behind the New Quay on Monday.

The vessel was trapped on the rocks. The vessel was refloated at high tide.

Scout camp

A camp was held last weekend at Knockbay Farm by the 16th Argyll (Campbeltown) troop.

The tents were erected on Friday night and, after games and supper, the boys went to bed; it was sometime later before they went to sleep.

On Saturday, they went for a short hike before the rain started; in the evening they were visited by District Commissioner Mr T Coulson.

On Sunday morning, the sun shone and the tents began to dry out after Saturday’s downpour. After a varied programme, the boys returned home about 5pm.

Many of the boys have not been to Scout camp before but they worked together well as a team to produce a well-fed and easily-run camp.

Happy birthday

Mr Paul McCartney was 30 this week. We wish him peace and happiness during his stay in Kintyre.

Fireman rescue town hall tuft

An appliance from Campbeltown Fire Service performed one of its strangest duties last week.

The fire engine journeyed to Main Street, and stopped in front of the town hall. Spectators watched anxiously as tension mounted.

The firemen unloaded the wheel ladders and stretched them towards the top of the steeple. A fireman climbed the steps to the top and, to everyone’s amazement, pulled out a lonesome tuft of grass which was growing on the steeple.

The tuft was later put into a little bin on Main Street.

SEVENTY YEARS AGO
Thursday 19 June, 1952

Campbeltown hostel suggestion – Mrs Mitchison reviews local affairs

At a well-attended meeting in Carradale Village Hall on Saturday, Mrs Mitchison*, the county councillor, gave a talk on county council affairs.

The meeting was presided over by the district councillor Mr R Galbraith, and there were some questions. Matters touched upon the houses, water, public health and education.

Mrs Mitchison gave the meeting an idea of county council work, especially that of statutory committees, and commented on the increased responsibilities of the district councils.

She spoke of the difficulties in obtaining materials of all kinds, of the need for drainage in connection with water supplies, mentioning the older houses at Peninver in this connection, as well as the eastern part of Carradale.

The need for a hostel in Campbeltown for some of the children who have the longest distances to travel, was amongst the subjects which aroused the interest of the audience, which included one or two of the summer visitors who find Campbeltown a home from home.

*Editor’s note: Naomi Mitchison of Carradale, was a prolific writer and traveller; author, poet and local politician. Her wartime diary Among You Taking Notes is highly recommended for a look at life in Kintyre during the Second World War. She also acted as one of the proof readers of The Lord of the Rings for her friend J R R Tolkien.

Landrail Firefly squadron for Malta

The 281 Firefly Squadron, presently based at RNAS Machrihanish, and 801 Sea Fury Squadron from the RNAS Lee-on-Solent, which will shortly make up the air group of the carrier Glory, met in flight for the first time on Tuesday, off the Mull of Kintyre.

Eight aircraft of each squadron met just south of the peninsula and, together, in formation, did a flypast the Machrihanish air station.

Visiting aircrew officers were guests of the Landrail officers at lunch.

801 Squadron, commanded by Lieutenant Commander PB Stewart, is flying out to Malta on Tuesday.

821 Squadron, commanded by Lieutenant Commander J R.N. Gardner, is flying out to Malta on Monday and will do a spell of working-up training before joining the Glory.

The Glory will later embark on overseas service.

The Glory, a light aircraft carrier, with a displacement when fully loaded of 18,040 tons carries 35 aircraft and is one of the six Glory-class carriers.