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Post by Hughie » Sat Jun 27, 2020 10:55 am

From the Archives of the Ardrossan & Saltcoats Herald published on July 11, 2007

100 YEARS AGO July 12, 1907
A SOMEWHAT rare event for Saltcoats, a church wedding, took place on Tuesday, the contracting parties being Mr Lewis Fullerton, Hamilton Street, and Miss J Greenhill, EU Church manse.

BUSINESS people in Stevenston will be pleased to learn that a telephone public call office has been opened in the shop of Messrs Lawson Bros, Shore Road.

ARDROSSAN Town Council have complained to the G&S W Railway Company that vehicular traffic is being delayed at the level crossing in Princes Street

KILWINNING Town Council have agreed to proceed with the erection of a town hall on a site at the Byres. The estimated cost is £1851 Including furnishing and fittings.

MISS Janette Logan Kirkwood, Saltcoats, has been granted a certificate by the Registrar of the Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain.

ON Friday a social gathering was held by members of Erskine EU Church, Saltcoats, to make a marriage presentation to the Rev WM Bingham.

ARDROSSAN bowlers (James Cook. RH Dunlop. W Tannock, J Barclay. J Lambert, JP Wallace) beat Saltcoats bowlers (J Breckenridge, A McIntyre, G Armour, J Hamilton, A Thom, J Yuille) by a majority of six shots.

50 YEARS AGO July 12, 1957
ARDEER Factory Safety Fuse Canteen was packed on June 28 when workers in that department gathered to say goodbye to a popular foreman. Mr John Arnott, who was retiring that day after 42 years' service with the Company. Even before the meeting, Mr Amott had been the recipient of a gift when as a complete surprise to him, girls in spinning and yarn winding sections presented him with a Parker Pen and Pencil Set.
In the canteen, Mr MG Thomson, chief superintendent of the department, recalled that Mr Arnott was one of the stalwarts who came from Regent Factory, Linlithgow, which he joined In September, 1915, and that he was one of that fine body of men who came from that Factory in 1935 to lay the foundations of Ardeer Safety Fuse department. Mr Thomson presented Mr Amott with the Company Scroll recording his long service. For this company gift Mr Amot had chosen a table, which was too bulky to be presented at the meeting.

Mr James McKenzie, 10 Paisley Street, Ardrossan, and his wife, were injured when their motorcycle was involved in a road accident on the Maybole Road, four miles south of Ayr, last Sunday. They were taken to Ayr County Hospital. Mr McKenzie suffered a leg injury and Mrs McKenzie received head injuries.

THE Housing Factor has reported to Saltcoats Town Council that certain gardens in housing schemes are not up to standard, and the Housing Committee have decided to visit some gardens and thereafter decide what steps are necessary to effect an improvement

TRAFFIC in Main Street, West Kilbride, was dislocated for a few hours on Monday when a large commercial van broke down and all buses and heavy vehicles had to be diverted via the Glen Road and Alton Street.

LAST Saturday saw the retiral of a former Ardrossan railway goods guard, Gabriel Haddon, 6 Smith Street, Ayr. He began his railway life at Ardrossan on February 3, 1919. During the depression he moved to Ayr and resided there until his retiral last Saturday. Changes that have taken place during his service included the passing out of the solid wooden buffers and the disc used as a tail lamp. Mr Haddon was popular with his fellow workers and he had a great sense of humour. His fellow workers wish him every happiness in his retirement.

25 YEARS AGO July 23, 1982
AFTER a four month tour of duty in the Falklands Islands, West Kilbride man Angus McMillan, returned home this week safe and sound. Twenty-two-years-old Angus was welcomed by his parents, Mr and Mrs Archie McMillan at their home in 10 Meadowfoot Road, West Kilbride. He has been a member of 45 Royal Commando for six years.

A FAILURE in a public address system meant a big disappointment for 20 animal lovers at South Beach on Wednesday. For the breakdown In the equipment meant that the scheduled pet show, which they had all high hopes of winning, had to be postponed. Beach Leader John McCann, was the man who had to break the bad news to the crowd. And although the system was finally fixed, it was too late to save the competition. This was a blow for all the entrants, and the disappointment in the face of 15-year-old Lilian Fleming. Elm Park, Ardrossan, and her pet. Radar, sum up their feelings. The organisers hope to reschedule the show for about two weeks.

AN ambitious £200,000 scheme which will transform the appearance of Countess Street in Saltcoats, has just been launched by Cunninghame District Council and the Scottish Development Agency. The established shopping street has felt the pinch during the past few years and now the two bodies intend reversing its decline by encouraging shoppers to retum. The three stage programme to upgrade Countess Street will begin in September and the whole process will cost £200,000.
Shop owners are being asked for agreement to the work. They will only have to pay for essential repairs while the SDA will smarten up their shop fronts for them. Phase one will begin with the CDC-owned Town Hall and two adjoining premises having their fronts painted. This work is expected to be completed in six to eight weeks. The remainder of the shops, including those on the corners of other streets, will get their facelift in phase two of the project, which is due to begin at the end of October or the beginning of November this year. With a one month break, so as not disturb Christmas shoppers, the work is due to be completed at the beginning of 1983.


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From the Archives of the Ardrossan & Saltcoats Herald published on 18, July 2007 [/b]

100 YEARS AGO on 19, July 1907
LAST Sunday there passed away at his home in Dockhead Street, Saltcoats, Mr Frederick John Locke Scobie, known throughout the theatrical world as John Locke. For 25 years from 1880 he wrote all the pantomimes at the Royal Princess Theatre, Glasgow, and in all wrote between three hundred and four hundred pantomimes and other plays for theatres all over Britain. He took an active interest in local affairs and served on Ardrossan School Board.

THE rainfall between six o'clock and nine o'clock on Saturday was the best since March and Fair Saturday was one of the worst specimens experienced for a long time.

ON Saturday afternoon 24 public rest seats procured by the Musical Fete Committee were formally handed over to the Burgh of Saltcoats. The presentation which took place in Melbourne Park was made by Mr Walter Freer the initiator and leading spirit of the Committee

ON Friday there were no fewer than 23 departures of steamers filled with holidaymakers from Ardrossan Harbour; seven ships want to Belfast four to Portrush, three to Isle of Man and the rest to Arran. On Saturday there were 18 departures and on Monday 14.

AT Kilmarnock Sheriff court three prosecutions were brought against motorists for driving at a rate of speed greater than 10 miles an hour between Beith and Dalry

PASSES in the Preparatory Divisions of the Trinity College, London musical examinations have been gained by Master Arnold Fulton, Saltcoats, and Miss Jemima Blair, Saltcoats.

SOUTH Beach green has been the platform for all sorts and conditions of meetings and entertainments this week - among the big them being temperance orators, socialists, phonograph selections, Indian club displays, conjuring feats and farcical boxing matches.

AT Saltcoats Post Office the total number of postcards received for delivery from last Saturday until yesterday was 22,520, and the number of despatched was 52.000.

50 YEARS AGO DAY on 19, July 1957
ARDROSSAN Town Council at the monthly meeting on Monday night agreed that the Town Clerk should write to the Scottish Home Department protesting against the refusal to authorise a pedestrian crossing on Stanley Road, near its junction with Millglen Road, and pointing out that as time went on the need for such a crossing would become more apparent.

The Council look this action following the reading of a letter on the subject from the secretary of the Scottish Home Department. The letter stated: On the introduction of zebra crossings in 1951 the number of pedestrian crossings was reduced because the great increase in the number of such crossings throughout the country since they were first introduced had resulted in many of them being disregarded. The policy of limiting the number of crossings has been carefully maintained since 1951, in order to prevent the system again lapsing into disrepute. New pedestrian crossing ero really only authorised where there is a clear need for them

EDDIE Williams and his company of entertainers at the Beach Pavilion attracted a large and enthusiastic audiences, among whom are many local folk.
The company are sparing no effort to stage bright and spectacular shows and their current programme, which opened last night and continues until next Wednesday, is entitled Bonnie Scotch Lassie o' Mine. Highland Shows are always very popular, and this one which includes a clever scene, Hame tae the Glen complete with a waterfall should draw a happy crowd to the hall.

MISS Janet Smith, the Ayrshire Lawn Tennis girl champion, has also won Ardeer Maxwell Trophy for the third year in succession. Janet is the daughter of Mr and Mrs AC Smith, Dalry Road, Kilwinning.

25 YEARS AGO DAY on 23, July 1982
RAF Sergeant Donald Maxwell made it to the church on time-by the skin of his teeth.
For had the ship Atlantic Conveyor not been sunk by two Exocet missiles during the Falklands War. 19-year-old Donald would have had to cancel his wedding plans.

But on Saturday the wedding went ahead as scheduled to provide a happy ending to the disaster story of the Atlantic Conveyor. And it meant the end of weeks of worry for Donald's parents Pastor Frank Maxwell and his wife Mary. Pastor Maxwell of the EU Congregational Church, Saltcoats, pronounced the blessings at the church wedding in Elmdon, near Cambridge where the bride, Heather Rawing lives. But the bulk of the wedding was taken by Heather's father-the Rev John Rawling, Vicar of Elmdon.

Sgt Maxwell, an air load master serving on Chinook helicopters, lived with his parents at 36 Courthill Street, Datry, before being stationed at RAF Oldham, Hampshire, where he first met his bride-to-be. It was a high flying romance, Heather's father was writing an article on flying for a magazine and took her with him to the RAF base. And it was Sgt Maxwell who was to take them both for a fight in a helicopter. From there it was a whirlwind romance. But although the wedding plans were complete It looked as if the whole thing would have to be postponed when Donald was sent to the Falklands.

When the Atlantic Conveyor was hit in the South Atlantic, Donald managed to escape and was plucked from the freezing water to the safety of HMS Alacrity then brought back to Britain - just in time to save his wedding

THE COVETED title of Miss Ardrossan, the annual personality contest, was awarded to 26-year old Margaret Priest on Friday night. Margaret, a cook in St Peter's Primary School, works part-time in Flioz disco where the contest was held. She withstood tough competition from five other girls to win the 1982 title.

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But on Saturday the wedding went ahead as scheduled to provide a happy ending to the disaster story of the Atlantic Conveyor. And it meant the end of weeks of worry for Donald's parents Pastor Frank Maxwell and his wife Mary. Pastor Maxwell of the EU Congregational Church, Saltcoats, pronounced the blessings at the church wedding in Elmdon, near Cambridge where the bride, Heather Rawing lives. But the bulk of the wedding was taken by Heather's father-the Rev John Rawling, Vicar of Elmdon.
*Played village football or tried many a time in Elmdon. Good story that.

THE COVETED title of Miss Ardrossan, the annual personality contest, was awarded to 26-year old Margaret Priest on Friday night. Margaret, a cook in St Peter's Primary School, works part-time in Flioz disco where the contest was held. She withstood tough competition from five other girls to win the 1982 title.
* Flioz disco - Maybe it was Rioz in the Kilmeny.
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THE COVETED title of Miss Ardrossan, the annual personality contest, was awarded to 26-year old Margaret Priest on Friday night. Margaret, a cook in St Peter's Primary School, works part-time in Flioz disco where the contest was held. She withstood tough competition from five other girls to win the 1982 title.
* Flioz disco - Maybe it was Rioz in the Kilmeny.
Most likely, Brian. I was well gone from the district then.

Margaret Priest and all the Cunningham district queens are shown in this topic : Cunningham District Queens 1983

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