From Our Files, June 24 2022

In 1997: At Dalintober under five playgroup: Natalie Smith, Colin MacMillan, Catherine Scott-Dodd, Mark McLellan, Sandra Milloy, Alice Crossan, Ryan Williams, Calum Houston, Stuart McConnachie and Ross Ferguson.
In 1997: At Dalintober under five playgroup: Natalie Smith, Colin MacMillan, Catherine Scott-Dodd, Mark McLellan, Sandra Milloy, Alice Crossan, Ryan Williams, Calum Houston, Stuart McConnachie and Ross Ferguson.

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TEN YEARS AGO
Friday June 22, 2012

Blood donors wanted urgently

Celebrating 60 years since first coming to the town, the Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service needs donors more than ever before.

The mobile donating team first visited Campbeltown on May 12, 1952. At the time, 533 people donated, with 474 pints collected.

In February this year, a total of 182 pints were donated.

Next week, David Barbour of Acharua Farm, Southend, will give his 52nd pint of blood, and is encouraging others to go along and do good.

David, aged 41, received his gold award for the 50-pint milestone last year, with many in Kintyre also notching up their donations over the years.

A spokeswoman for Scottish Blood Transfusion said that Campbeltown has seen a steady decline in blood donors.

‘Since the start, it has become more strict for who can give blood,’ she said.

David started giving blood as a young farmer, and said: ‘Go for it, it doesn’t hurt and you get lots of chocolate biscuits afterwards.’

In 2012: Blood donor David Barbour.
In 2012: Blood donor David Barbour.

TWENTY FIVE YEARS AGO
Friday June 27, 1997

Play school’s out!

Ten youngsters who are heading for school next term made the most of their last day at Dalintober playgroup.

Four of the children will be going to Southend Primary School; three to Dalintober, one to Castlehill and one to Saint Kieran’s.

But little Sandra Milloy will be going much further afield – she is off to Singapore with her family, but promises she will be back when she is eight.

It is the last day too for play leader Jacqueline Rich, who is moving onto pastures new.

Next term will see a new system in place for the organisation of nursery education as the new Labour government abandons the voucher system introduced last August under the Conservatives.

Cash boost to promote good behaviour

Campbeltown Grammar School and Drumlemble Primary School are two of 42 schools across Scotland to share in awards totalling £84,000 to promote and share good practice to improve discipline in schools.

The awards are allocated to 42 schools and are part of a £160,000 package for this financial year.

Making the announcement, Mr Brian Wilson MP, Scottish Education Minister, said: ‘There is need to put the emphasis on promoting positive approaches to discipline in our schools.

‘There are many existing examples of good practice and I want to build on these and bring about improvements where necessary.

‘It is important to recognise the motivating effect of praise on young people’s progress, attitude and self esteem. I therefore encourage schools to put an increased emphasis on praise and reward for pupils rather than on punishment.’

The two-year programme promoting positive discipline in Scottish schools is designed to support and disseminate good practice approaches to establishing good discipline and relationships in school.

FIFTY YEARS AGO
Thursday June 29, 1972

The job no one wants

Although it is already well into the tourist season, Campbeltown Town Council has not yet appointed an entertainment officer.

At the last council meeting, Mr W Findlay, the entertainments convener, said that there had been only one response to the advertisement for this £12-a-week job.

The committee was not entirely satisfied that the applicant would be suitable.

Councillor Findlay added that the committee had it in mind to invite two people for interview in order that the post might be filled.

Local elections next year

The Secretary of State has let the Town Council know that there will be local elections in 1973 but not in 1974.

Springbank Hall

In Springbank Hall on Sunday, Mr James Caldwell, late of Zambia, will speak and sing.

He speaks and sings over the radio every week in Zambia and has made many records in this country. His niece is Mrs RH Craig of Campbeltown.

Local angler takes trophy

A local sea angler has won the Saltcoats and Ardrossan Herald Trophy for the best specimen fish caught at the Lamlash Festival of Sea Angling.

The angler, Mr William McKenzie, of Queen Street, Campbeltown, was aboard the local vessel Girl Margaret, skippered by club member Andy Harrison, when the fish, a 4lb 2oz haddock, was caught.

There were seven other anglers on the vessel.

Mr McKenzie caught the haddock on Saturday.

The second day of fishing on the Sunday was cancelled due to inclement weather conditions.

SEVENTY YEARS AGO
Thursday June 26, 1952

Her reign began in the rain

If ever a body of people received disappointment, it was the committee representing the Campbeltown miners and the community of Campbeltown who had spent many months in planning and in the careful organisation of the Children’s Gala Day.

They have planned the finest Children’s Gala yet to be seen in the town, which was expected to be taken part in by over 2,000 schoolchildren and tiny tots.

Bands were to lead this big procession of children through the town streets, culminating in sports at Kintyre Park and open air refreshments.

The Gala Queen and her retinue were to make a grand drive through the town, with a full programme of engagements.

But it was not to be.

Rain fell steadily throughout the Saturday morning and did not abate that day.

The profusion of flags which had been erected by Burgh workers in Main Street at the weekend was limp in the steady downpour.

So, on Saturday, arrangements were made to change the programme, should the weather be unfavourable.

The committee, under the chairmanship of Councillor John MB Anderson, met early and decided to have the ceremony of crowning the Gala Queen in the Victoria Hall.

A weather report indicated persistent rain throughout the day.

The procession was cancelled, as were the sports and all outside functions, apart from the pre-arranged visit of the queen and her party to the local hospitals, a gesture which, if cancelled, would have caused disappointment to the staff and patients.

It was, nevertheless, a tribute to the contractors and to the stewards and officials that the staging in the Victoria Hall was erected so quickly and accommodation was made available for the large gathering of children.

With the hall full to capacity and a rain-soaked crowd outside to welcome her, the 14-year-old Gala Queen elect arrived with her two ladies in waiting and two pages.

The queen was Miss Ellen MacArthur, second daughter of Mr and Mrs Peter McArthur, Whitehill Cottage, Witchburn Road, Campbeltown, a lovely girl whose dark hair fell down to her shoulders, and who looked most charming in her taffeta gown and robe.

In 1952: Miss Ellen MacArthur, 14-year-old Campbeltown Grammar School girl, who was crowned Gala Queen of Campbeltown on Saturday.
In 1952: Miss Ellen MacArthur, 14-year-old Campbeltown Grammar School girl, who was crowned Gala Queen of Campbeltown on Saturday.

Her maids were 14-year-old Miss Anne Greenlees, Royal Avenue Mansions, and 14-year-old Miss Anne McLachlan, Burnside Street.

The pages, each 12 years of age, were Duncan McSporran, Glenside, and Robert Mitchell, Princes Street.

The Gala Queen and her party were selected by their schoolfellows by virtue of their popularity. Each was chosen by ballot.

Provost R Wallace Greenlees was there to meet and officially receive the royal lady and escort her through the cheering mass of 2,000 high-pitched voices to the platform and it is by such gestures as these that our Provost has become so greatly esteemed by all sections of townspeople, who acclaim him as Campbeltown’s most popular civic head for many a year.