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Post by Hughie » Thu Aug 27, 2020 11:36 pm

From the Archives of the Ardrossan & Saltcoats Herald published on September 12, 2007

100 YEARS AGO on September 13, 1907
McQueen's International Talking and Singing Pictures may be seen any night in the Conservative Hall, Stevenston, for the modest sum of 2d, 4d or 6d.

On Monday morning the premises of Mr John Kirkwood, butcher, Dockhead Street, Saltcoats, were broken into and the safe blown open with explosives. Fortunately the safe was empty.

At the Bakers' Exhibition being held in London this week, Mr James Morrison, Stevenston, was highly commended for his shortbread.

Saltcoats Burgh Rate has been fixed at 3 shillings and 10d (pence) and increase of 10 over last year.

The building plans for tenements in Well Street and the Roman Catholic Chapel, West Kilbride, were passed yesterday by the Northers District Committee of the County Council.

The Eglinton Medal and Championship of Saltcoats Bowling Green have been won by Mr John Hamilton

The West Kilbride Lighting and Scavenging Committee have advertised for a lamplighter and scavenger at wages of 22(£1.10p)per week.

50 YEARS AGO on September 13, 1957
Special rail facilities have been arranged for the personnel of the Nato fleet on the occasion of its visit to the Firth of Clyde from the 14th, 15th and 16th September There will be special trains to Glasgow on each date. To welcome the naval personnel the Scottish Region has produced two descriptive booklets for those going ashore, providing information on train services and places of historical and scenic interest within easy reach.

The Firth of Clyde was in angry mood on Saturday last and huge waves some 40 feet high swept over the harbour walls and esplanade. Because of the storm there were no sailings between Ardrossan and Arran, traffic was diverted to Fairie and and the steamer, Irish Coast instead of sailing from Ardrossan to Belfast on her last Crossing of the season sailed, from Greenock

Ayrshire Head teachers will be asked to include talks on smoking in health instruction classes. This follows a Scottish Home department circular on the special report of the Medical Research Council on cancer through tobacco inhalation.

On Wednesday 4th September, six buses left Barr Street, Ardrossan conveying 180 old people and friends to Billy Smart's Circus at Kilmarnock The trip was organised by Ardrossan Old People's Welfare Committee who provided the transport.

On Wednesday evening of last week at Portland Park Troon, a football team representing Troon banks was opposed by a team Representing Ayr banks and in an enjoyable game which produced flashes of skill against a background of wholehearted effort, the visitors emerged the winners by six goals to three.

Ardrossan Police Court. Before Provost Hogarth at the Burgh Police court on Monday, a seaman on the crew on M.V.Lairdsmoor pleaded guilty to behaving in a disorderly manner cursing and swearing and committing a breach of the peace. The provost imposed a fine of £3 with the alternative of 20 days imprisonment.

A new modem bakehouse has been brought into operation this week by the Stevenson Cooperative Limited. The premises situated at Moorpark Road, are thoroughly up to date and present a picture of cleanliness and brightness with their white tiled walls and and gleaming machinery.

25 YEARS AGO on September 10, 1982
A major harbour facelift could be on the cards for Ardrossan. The Scottish Development Agency now look almost certain to go ahead with a major feasibility study into environmental improvements of the harbour area. The new ferry for the Ardrossan to Arran route should be ready by the summer of 1984 and if this could be coupled with a facelift operation at the harbour, Ardrossan could reap the benefit.

A new business club has been set up to improve trade and bring together shop owners and firms' directors to discuss problems in Ardrossan, Saltcoats, and Stevenston. The Three Towns Business Club results from a meeting of representatives from the business community meeting in April where it was decided that such a club could be of value. A steering committee was therefore formed to carry out the formation of the Three Towns Club.

Commercial shark fishing is to be carried out on a regular basis from Ardrossan Harbour, reviving the industry in the Clyde after a 300 year break. After last week's landing of a basking shark at the harbour (as reported in the Herald) the skipper and owner of the 'Franleon' Mr Howard McCrindle has confirmed he has revived the business.

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50 YEARS AGO on September 13, 1957
Special rail facilities have been arranged for the personnel of the Nato fleet on the occasion of its visit to the Firth of Clyde from the 14th, 15th and 16th September There will be special trains to Glasgow on each date. To welcome the naval personnel the Scottish Region has produced two descriptive booklets for those going ashore, providing information on train services and places of historical and scenic interest within easy reach.
I well remember a night at the Rec Dancing during this period - the place was jumping, I was fifteen at the time and never missed a week going to the dancing at the Rec at that time in my life. Brown's Merrymakers were the resident band and I'll never forget the Saxophonist belting out such things as Rock around the clock and similar hits at the time - magic stuff. There were lots of US sailors on shore leave and there were some great jivers and Rock 'n' Rollers amongst them. Great memory!

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From the Archives of the Ardrossan & Saltcoats Herald published on September 19, 2007

100 YEARS AGO on September 20, 1907
Ayr Races were especially popular this year on account of the opening of the new racecourse and 30,000 attended the opening day.

Mr Peter Dewar has been appointed Biggart Memorial missionary in Dalry with a salary of £90 per annum.

The new Council Chambers at Prestwick were opened officially on Tuesday evening.

Over 70 applications have been received for the vacancy in the Parish Church, Saltcoats.

Mr A. C. Hamilton and Miss McNaught have been appointed teachers to Stevenston School and Mr J. C. McClymont to Kyleshill School by Stevenston School Board.

The valuation of Stevenston Parish shows an increase over last year of £2330 and Ardrossan an increase of £1106.

The formal opening ceremony of Montgomery School, Irvine, building of which was completed last month, took place on Monday.

50 YEARS AGO on September 20, 1957
Treasurer Dorrian reported that Ardrossan Town Council's budget was thrown into the red mainly because of a fall in revenue from the dances which the Town Council run in the Town Hall each Saturday evening.

In Dalry, St Margaret's Parish Church members and friends met in the church on Monday evening to pay tribute to their minister, the Rev. Robert Kirkland and his wife, Mrs Kirkland. Mr Laurence W. Holland presided. He said: We are celebrating two events tonight, the semi-jubilee of his ministry and the semi-jubilee of our minister as a married man. It is a rather unique occasion."

At Saltcoats Burgh Court on Monday a Saltcoats publican was charged with being in a state of intoxication in his premises on September contrary to the conditions of his licence. The man who reported the matter to the police said he walked into the bar and found members of the public serving themselves. The publican was fined £2

The 1st Saltcoats Brownie Pack made a patchwork quilt from miscellaneous rags as their contribution to the celebrations to commemorate the Lord Baden Powell centenary. The quilt was presented to Miss Vickers of the Ardrossan and Saltcoats Junior Red Cross who intimated that its destination was Korea.

Police sergeant John Douglas, who has been stationed at Ardrossan for some years, retires on October 6. Sergeant Douglas has served in many Ayrshire towns during his term with the County police.

The Ardrossan-Belfast daylight service and the Ardrossan-Isle of Man passenger service have finished for the season. The Ardrossan-Arran passenger service finishes on September 30.

A two-door Austin A.30 Saloon with 22,000 mies on the clock was for sale for £445 but a Vespa scooter, with all the extras, was on sale for £108.

Mr T. Winton has been appointed District Manager of the Pearl Assurance Company at Saltcoats in succession to the late Mr T. McLaughlin. Mr Winton, who resides at Lynn Avenue, Dalry, joined the company in 1938 and has been assistant District Manager at Saltcoats for the past six years.

Retirement presentations to Mr R. H. Matthew of Research department, I.C.L. Nobel Division last week marked the end of his 44 years service with the company and its predecessors. One of the earliest members of the department, he joined Nobel's Explosives Company in 1913 as a lab apprentice.

An electrician from Ardrossan was fatally injured when his motorcycle was in collision with a bus on the Irvine-Kilmarnock Road at Greenwood, Dreghorn, on Thursday morning of last week. He was on his way to work at the National Coal Board at Drongan when the accident occurred. He and his wife had planned to move house the following day to Drongan.

25 YEARS AGO on September 24, 1982
A stately 1958 Wolseley 1500 is gracing the streets of Saltcoats once more after three years gathering dust in its garage. Back behind the wheel of the impressive vehicle is its equally Imposing owner, 80-year-old ex-Provost of the town, Adam Adair. Off the road since it failed its MOT in 1979, the car recently passed the test with flying colours thanks to Mr Adair's friend. Neil Gibson, who spent much spart time putting it back in prime condition. Still powered by its original engine the vehicle is running as smoothly as the day it sailed out of the showroom.

A 24-year-old Ardrossan man died tragically on Sunday after being hit by a train on the Ardrossan to West Kilbride railway line. It is believed he was taking a short cut across the track when the accident happened.

A woman was thrown to the ground and robbed as she came out of the Clydesdale Bank in Princes Street, Ardrossan on Monday morning. A young man aged about 20 grabbed her hair knocked her to the pavement and grabbed a bag containing about £200. Two men and a woman witnessed the attack and gave chase. The thief dropped the money but escaped.

Kilwinning's Wrangler factory is to be sacrificed to save jobs at the jeans manufacturer's three other Scottish plants. On Friday, parent company Bluebell Apparel, gave 30 days notice to the entire 80-strong workforce.

There were more than fairies at the bottom of a gnome garden in Eglinton Street, Saltcoats, last Thursday night ... for 10 garden gnomes disappeared.

Dreghorn cyclist John Gentleman arrived home last Sunday after a 1,000 mile trip for charity. He cycled to John O'Groats and back to raise money for the Evangelical Alliance Relief Fund. It was by far the longest cycle trip he has attempted and he admitted he found it a difficult one to complete.

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Kilwinning's Wrangler factory is to be sacrificed to save jobs at the jeans manufacturer's three other Scottish plants. On Friday, parent company Bluebell Apparel, gave 30 days notice to the entire 80-strong workforce.


Terrible news that was. Monday to Friday- Ladies from all Threetowns would arrive by bus . Some earned good money it was all piecework.
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Post by bonzo » Sat Sep 05, 2020 1:38 pm

I had actually forgotten about that factory.
Those wimin were in the nip.

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Hughie wrote:
Thu Sep 03, 2020 11:08 pm

An electrician from Ardrossan was fatally injured when his motorcycle was in collision with a bus on the Irvine-Kilmarnock Road at Greenwood, Dreghorn, on Thursday morning of last week. He was on his way to work at the National Coal Board at Drongan when the accident occurred. He and his wife had planned to move house the following day to Drongan.



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GLASGOW HERALD
13 SEPTEMBER 1957

FATAL ACCIDENT

Charles Angus Brown, electrician, 2 Paisley Street, Ardrossan, was fatally injured when his motor cycle was in collision yesterday with a bus on the Irvine/Kilmarnock road at Greenwood, Dreghorn, Ayrshire.
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From the Archives of the Ardrossan & Saltcoats Herald published on September 26, 2007

100 YEARS AGO on September 27, 1907
A start has been made this week with the building of the new police station in Saltcoats.

A carpet bowling club has been formed in Stevenston and Mr Ward, gas manager, has been appointed president.

Something new in bakery machinery has just been introduced by Mr Morrison into his baking premises in Stevenston, in the form of a dough divider. It is the only such machine in Ayrshire.

A plebiscite of the ratepayers in Kilwinning was taken on Monday to confirm, or over tum, the unanimous resolve of the Town Council to build a Town Hall. The result was: "Yes", 147; "No", 214 - a majority against of 67. A total of 391 voted out of a roll of 1100 and there were 30 spoiled papers.

The medal and single-handed championship Bowling Green has been won by Mr John Agnew.

Mr John Fulton, headmaster of Ladyland School, Kilbirnie, has been elected President of the Burgh and Parochial Schoolmasters' Association of Scotland.

50 YEARS AGO on September 27, 1957
The Planning Committee of Ayr County Council reported that an enquiry had been received regarding the proposed use of existing piggery premises at South Beach Road, Ardrossan, as a sawmill. The planning officer reported that Ardrossan Town Council did not favour the proposal and the County Council agreed to turn down the application. It was agreed the site should be used for housing.

Ayr County Council heard that 10 cases of polio had been notified this year. All the cases were mild and in no case was there paralysis, Andrew Kerr, chairman of the health committee, reported. He pointed out that the immunisation scheme against polio was progressing satisfactorily. Of the 23,000 county children born between 1947 and 1954 who wished to be immunised, 15,500 had been fully immunised and 5,500 had received their first injections.

Many of our readers will be wondering why Nurse Cowan had not been carrying out her usual duties in Dalry during the current flu epidemic. The explanation is that she was married on September 18 in St Matthew's Church, Morningside, Edinburgh and is now resident in Lerwick where her husband is sanitary inspector.

The flu epidemic has struck Dalry in no small measure. Approximately half of the pupils are off school. In one factory over 70 employees are off and in others several workers are affected.

Gales made travelling most uncomfortable for the autumn holiday weekenders but, nothing daunted, they came in hundreds to Lamlash for the last break of the season. Those in yachts certainly had the worst of it and must have found it a bit difficult to eat and sleep in the heaving seas.

Possibly the most famous film of the last 20 years is "Gone With The Wind" which is being brought back to Saltcoats for the fourth time next week when it plays at the Countess for six days. This marathon film is still being shown in its original uncut version although it has now been reprinted in MetroScope for showing on the wide screen.

25 YEARS AGO on October 1, 1982
In only one month, Saltcoats Jobcentre has another 140 unemployed people on its register. Throughout the district's centres the story is much the same, unemployment up again or remaining stable.

Westsound managing director Kenneth Roy hotly denied rumours that the board have been forced to appeal to outsiders for advice on improving advertising revenue. He maintains the radio station continued to provide a top quality local news service, He admitted an inability to hire more staff was one of the reasons why the station will not, in the near future, be able to extend its hours until midnight.

The popular Flick's disco in Kilwinning may be forced to close its doors unless they - can get Cunninghame District Licensing Board to lift an early closing order they have slapped on the premises. The owners have been told to close at midnight and this, they claim, is a "recipe for disaster".

At least £30,000 will be needed to save the ancient Kerelaw Castle in Stevenston. One wall of the castle may have to be pulled down because it is dangerous. The castle has been under siege from vandals, glue sniffers and hooligans who have been chopping down trees.

A semi-villa in High Road, Saltcoats with two double bedrooms and one single bedroom was for sale for £22,000. Carpets, blinds and a garage were included in the price.

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I wonder how much a 3 bed semi with a garage on the high road is worth now :think:
Those wimin were in the nip.

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From the Archives of the Ardrossan & Saltcoats Herald published on October 3, 2007

100 YEARS AGO on October 4, 1907
A GOODLY crowd gathered in the Town Hall, Saltcoats on Wednesday to witness Walker & Company's famous cinematograph pictures. The illustrations on the screen dealt with the Home Fleet; how pneumatic tools are made, and the Cape to Cairo railway.

NEARLY 500 miners are involved in a strike at Auchenharvie Colliery. At a meeting of the men it was stated that wages as low as 4/10d a day were paid at Auchenharvie and the majority were making less than 5/6d which was the minimum.
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AT the well-attended meeting of the local branch of the National Bible Society, office bearers elected were: President - Mr James Cant, Kilmeny, secretary - the Rev James Adams, Trinity Church: treasurer - Mr Pullerton. The branch was formed over 40 years ago.

IN a mixed foursomes bogey competition at West Kilbride Golf Club Miss N. Greer and J. M. Tennent finished square and Miss M. Y. Neilston and George Morton, two down.

PRIZE winners of competitions at West Kilbride Bowling Green were: Overton Cup-Mr P. M. Jack, silver jack - Mr J.C. Jack and Mess J.B. Mcintyre, W. P. Begg, James McLellan and W. Malcolm.

THERE are 122 candidates awaiting admission to Troon Golf Club. At the usual rate, it will take five years to absorb that number.

MR PETER Clark of Eglinton Street, Irvine, has been promoted to the post of Inland Revenue officer for this area.

MR JAMES B. Aitken jnr, Saltcoats, has passed the qualifying examination is chemist and druggist. He is the youngest who has passed from this district.

50 YEARS AGO on October 4, 1957
SOME of the tenants of Kirkhall Drive, Ardrossan are a bit annoyed that some of their gate pillars have been removed. One, who had a new gate erected at her own expense, thinks it is unfair.

TWO new classrooms are being erected at the end of the playground at Winton School, Ardrossan. The foundation is of cement, but it seems the walls and roof will be of a material other than stone.

THREE members of Ardeer Factory Labour and Welfare Department were guests of honour at a dinner and social in the Recreation Club on September 27. They were Miss Jean Dalrymple, who retired on August 23 after over 40 years' service: Mr James Samson, who retired on August 30 after 36 years' service, and Mr Jolin Crichton, who leaves today after nearly 13 years in the department.

AT St Peter's RC School, Ardrossan, there were 350 pupils and nine members of the staff down with flu and at Saltcoats JS School over 500 pupils and four of the staff were absent.

SAFE driving awards to 46 Ardeer drivers were presented at a dinner and social held in the Recreation Club on September 27. The awards were presented by Mr A.D. Lees, ICI Nobel Division production director, who commented that 46 drivers from Ardeer distribution had been entered for the scheme in the past year and all had qualified.

LOCAL townspeople were favoured with good weather for the annual autumn holiday held on Monday. All places of business were closed for the day.

The flu epidemic hit the town very severely, schools and factories had many absentees and the staff of many of the shops were much depleted. The football match between the local Juniors and Irvine Vics, due to be played last Saturday, had to be postponed

25 YEARS AGO on October 8, 1982
SALTCOATS is set to become one of the finest shopping centres in Ayrshire. That was the reaction of district councillor Mike McGuire following on the announcement by Cunninghame District Council that Dockhead Street is to be pedestrianised. A programme of works and a final design of the pedestrian shopping precinct has not yet been finalised but initial work on erecting new car parks and environmental improvements will start early next year.

Despite a shortage of cash due to Government cutbacks the district council have decided to go it alone and give Saltcoats the boost it so sorely needs. When completed Dockhead Street - between Chapelwell Street and Green Street - will be cobbled and benches and flowers will be placed in the precinct. Councillor McGuire commented: "Saltcoats town centre is an ideally suited commercial centre for pedestrianisation because the street is so narrow.

"It will create a very intimate atmosphere which will not be equalled anywhere else in Ayrshire. It will also be much safer for the public as improved traffic controls will be introduced." Saltcoats is fast becoming one of the best commercial centres in the county with the recent announcement that the Scottish Development Agency are to foot the massive bill for giving Countess Street a major facelift.
Saltcoats Town Hall-only recently rescued from a derelict building to a fine centre for business and community interests - is once again a centre piece for the centre.

FIRE gutted a flat in Ardrossan on Thursday night and damaged another flat and a shop. The blaze began in the top flat at 131 Glasgow Street owned by a Glasgow woman and presently unoccupied An adjoining flat was damaged and the Mika frozen food shop beneath the wrecked flat was damaged by water. At 8.47pm, fire engines from Ardrossan and Irvine rushed to the scene and a support unit was sent from Ayr as breathing apparatus was being used. About 10 people from surrounding flats were evacuated while firemen fought the blaze but were later allowed home.

A NEW library is to be built in Kilwinning at an estimated cost of £300,000. Once planning permission is granted, work should start on the library early next year and take about a year to complete.

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From the Archives of the Ardrossan & Saltcoats Herald published on October 10, 2007

100 YEARS AGO on October 11, 1907
TWO Saltcoats young men, Mr John L Allan and Mr David Guthrie were saved from the wreck of the steamer, Orion which sank in the mouth of the Clyde on Sunday. They were returning from holiday in Bilbao.

ON Sunday evening last Macqueen's Bioscope Company gave a sacred pictorial concert of The Life of Christ in the Ardrossan Assembly Rooms.

CERTIFICATES were presented at Ardrossan Academy on Monday to the following successful pupils:-Leaving Certificates - Graham Stevenson, Maggie O Taylor: Intermediate Certificates, Alex R Blair, Mary L Boyle, John S Brown, Annie Caldwell, James E Cochran, Samuel R Duncan, Eva Foote, Christina Greenlees, May McKechnie, Isabella McMurtrie, Herbert Masterton, Robert Miller, Alex Muir. Archibald Murchie, Humphrey Robertson, Esther Stitt, Tom L Taylor, Maggie Thomson

AT Saltcoats Bowling Green the Eglinton Medal and Club Championship were won by Mr John Hamilton, the President's Prize by Mr Peter Reilly, and the Vice-President's by Mr Alexander Thom.

It was reported to Stevenston School Board that the Scottish Education Department had intimated that Stevenston School has now been placed on the list of Higher Grade Schools.

THE death occurred on Sunday of the Town Clerk of Irvine, Mr J Norval Murray, who was widely known in the West of Scotland.

AS a result of a ballot of Auchenharvie Miners, 339 voting for striking and 113 against the men lifted their graith on Wednesday and all the employees at the pit are now on strike.

50 YEARS AGO on October 11, 1957
GEORGE R Walker, Kilwinning Road, Stevenston, has written to the Town Council about the potential danger to children and adults at the "roundabout on the Stevenston-Kilwinning Road. As they are not the appropriate road authority, the Council have passed on the letter to the Scottish Home Department (Roads Division).

WORKMEN are busy this week making alterations to South Beach Railway Station Platform at Ardrossan. It is stated that the platform will be raised about seven inches. The platform at the other side will also be raised.

THE Marine Residence, Ardrossan, was bought by Mr William Mutter Esq, Meikleslaught for £750. The sale was conducted by JO Mack Jnr, Writer.

POLICE-Sergeant William (lvie) Willet (Saltcoats) has been promoted to take charge of Ardrossan station in place of Sergeant John Douglas, now retired. Constable James Ramsay (Dreghorn) has been promoted sergeant and takes up duties at Saltcoats

A NORWEGIAN luxury ship will be seen in the Firth of Clyde in the spring of next year, and Brodick folk in particular will get a fine close-up view of her. She is the MS Meteor, which normally runs on a series of cruises on the Norwegian fjords and in summer visits the sunlit Mediterranean and the Black Sea.

On this occasion, however, the Meteor has been chartered for two spring cruises to be run by the National Trust for Scotland-one being an eight-day cruise (May 3 to 10) to notable gardens on the west coast of Scotland and in Northern Ireland. The first port of call will be the gardens of Brodick Castle.

THE Lairds Isle, which was popular with thousands of holidaymakers, who sailed on her from Ardrossan to Belfast, during the summer season, is to finish her days at the shipbreakers yard at Troon.

25 YEARS AGO on October 15, 1982
A DEDICATION ceremony at Hunterston's Marine Construction yard for the completion of the £50m rig today (Friday) will be a party that will be soured by the thought that when the rig is towed out of Huntersion within the next two weeks North Ayrshire will be saying goodbye to 1200 jobs. Only a handful of that workforce being re-instated through a new order at the yard is very slim Indeed. But those sobering thoughts will be pushed back into the closets this afternoon when top oilmen and politicians gather to cheer the dedication of the rig that is destined for the North Sea Maureen Field. Dedicating the rig will be Mrs Faye Kittrell, wife of Phillips Petroleum executive vice-president Mr Charles Kittrell

A MAJOR £3.6 million conversion from oil to coal at ICI's Stevenston power station has been announced today (Friday). And it could bring many jobs to the area when work starts early in 1983. The three bollers will be converted from oil burning to coal burning in an effort by ICI to cut costs and increase competitiveness on both foreign and home markets. When conversion is completed in 1984 the power station will burn up to 70,000 tonnes of coal per year giving a boost to the South Ayrshire coalfields. Both Nobel's Explosives and the ICI Organics plant take steam and electricity from the power plant.

An ICI Press spokesman said: "The switch to coal fining at Stevenston will reduce costs and assist the competitive position of the businesses involved in home and export markets. The bill of £3.8m will be met partly by grants under the Government's coal-fired boiler scheme. The contract for the work has not yet been awarded but for whichever company is given the contract it should mean considerable job prospects for Ayrshire's unemployed.

LAST weekend was a proud time for the parents of the Scots Guards' Sergeant Robert Jackson. But William and Agnes Jackson were only given a hint that their 29-year-old son was a Falklands hero. Sgt Jackson told his mother by telephone to their home at 1 Hayocks Road, that she might be reading about him soon in the newspapers. As the couple soon discovered, their son was awarded the Military Medal for his part in the recapture of Mount Tumbledown.

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Post by meekan » Thu Sep 24, 2020 6:32 pm

A couple of observations I’m wondering why the platforms at Southbeach station were raised 7” and no mention of other stations??
And I remember the MS Meteor coming into Ardrossan she was painted all white and docked at the Irish boat berth

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From the Archives of the Ardrossan & Saltcoats Herald published on October 17, 2007

100 YEARS AGO on October 18, 1907
THE annual general meeting of Saltcoats Liberal Club was held on Tuesday and office bearers elected were: President, Judge Miller, Vice-President, Mr John Pringle, Secretary and Treasurer, Mr John Yuille.

IN Stevenson, Dr Roberts has taken possession of his new dwelling house and surgery near to Caledonian Station

OWING to the strike at Auchenharvie Colliery over a hundred miners have left the area to work elsewhere,

AT the annual business meeting of Ardrossan Liberal Association, office bearers appointed were: - President Mr CJ Shearer: Vice-President, Messrs John Allan, William Tannock: Captain Macgowan; Secretary and Treasurer, Mr Robert Bradley

HIGHTHORNE, West Kilbride, for many years the residence of Mrs Hunter Robertson Boyd has been sold to Lieutenant Colonel Hunter-Weston

50 YEARS AGO on October 18, 1957
THE Secretary of State for Scotland, Mr John Maclay, approved plans for the £37,000,000 Hunterston nuclear generating station. His approval covers the siting of the station's buildings, the design and external appearance of the main structures, which include the reactor buildings and turbine hall, and the route of the access road to the station,

On July 29 the Secretary of State gave his consent to the building of the station by the South of Scotland Electricity Board in accordance with the recommendation of Sheriff Harold Leslie QC, who held a local inquiry. As Sheriff Leslie recommended, the Secretary of State stipulated that the Royal Fine Art Commission for Scotland and the Amenity Committee appointed under the Hydro Electric Development (Scotland) Act 1943, should be consulted by the Board about the position of the buildings on their site, their design and appearance. The approval now given accords with the views expressed by these bodies.

FIFTEEN-year-old David Goldie, of Barassie Farm, the promising young show jumper who recently won the Scottish junior points championship for the second year in succession, appeared on television on Thursday evening of last week in the excerpt from the Horse of the Year Show at Harringay Arena. Local viewers had the pleasure of seeing him give a splendid display in completing a clear round whilst competing as a member of Scotland's three-rider team in the Eagle junior championship The other members are Lena Begg. Prestwick, and Barbara Muir, Kilmarnock, and the team gained third place.

MR A Kendall, 35 Firth View Terrace, Ardrossan, has won the Dunlop Trophy awarded to the best A or B Scottish licensed commercial vehicle driver giving the best performance while handicapped on account of his vehicle. Mr Kendall drove a Scammell belonging to Scottish Oils and Shell Mex Ltd, Ardrossan.

THE map of Ardrossan recently erected at the foot of Glasgow Street is proving an attraction to foreign seamen who seem to spend a lot of time studying it

SALTCOATS Town Council at their meeting on Monday night unanimously agreed that letters be sent to three local men-Alexander Little 17 Ashdale Avenue: James Reid, 20 Pladda Road; and James Robertson, 46 Parkend Road-commending their action in rescuing on September 15 last a party of sea cadets from Irvine whose motor boat was stuck on the rocks about 100 yards southwest of Saltpans Bathing Pool, Saltcoats, and about the same distance from the shore.

CONSIDERABLE damage has been caused to street lamps at Auchenharvie Road and Millar Road, Saltcoats. The Burgh Surveyor has been instructed to purchase two dozen wire guards for protecting the lamps.

25 YEARS AGO on October 22, 1982
THE Navy are in town. Ton-class ships from the Royal Navy minesweeper fleet will use Ardrossan as a base port during annual exercises off the west coast. Up to 15 minesweepers will be involved in the exercises which started on Wednesday and will continue until November 3.

Although the operation is being controlled from elsewhere - probably fleet communications at Rosyth - mail and administration for the crews is being dealt with through temporary harbourside offices. All the ships taking part in the exercises are British, although none of them during the Falkland emergency. A spokesman for Com-clyde base at Faslane said the exercise was designed to give experience of action in the event of British waters being mined. For reasons of security, the spokesman would only state that the exercise was in "Scottish waters."

THE Government are about to announce a new enterprise zone for Scotland... one of the frontrunners in the race for the jobs boost is an area including Ardeer in Stevenston and Byrehill in Kilwinning. The decision could come any day according to Central Ayrshire MP David Lambie. Hopes are very high that North Ayrshire will clinch the deal which will enable factories and other businesses to set-up in rent and rate free premises with many other Incentives to encourage expansion and increased labour forces. Cunninghame District Council have made their application to the Scottish Office despite a ruling by Cunninghame Labour Party Conference not to. The Labour-controlled Council have gone against the conference decision in a bid to win jobs for the area although they admit that the conference conclusion that such zones were "no real answer to unemployment was correct.

VOLUNTEER fireman lan McMillan, owner of Arran's Lochranza Hotel, found himself at the centre of a veritable blaze of glory on Monday. He received a 20 years long service and good conduct medal for his work with the service. lan (52) joined the Lochranza unit on December 1, 1955. Over the years he has attended hundreds of blazes, including many forest fires. The medal, produced specially for lan by the Royal Mint, was presented to him by Strathclyde D Division Commander, George Watterson. Colleagues from the Lochranza unit and from the island's four other stations were on hand to offer their congratulations.

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