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Kittywake, It was only given on (Request). I suspect the covid jab will be more painful :roll:
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Strangely enough brian f, I'm due to get my first Covid jab next week and looking forward to it. :)
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Kittywake wrote: Fri Feb 19, 2021 9:30 pm
brian f wrote: Thu Feb 18, 2021 2:21 pm He always had time for the local youths .. I can remember he would give us a little tap on the knee with his truncheon just to let us know what it was all about :wink:
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No' being pedantic here but a tap on the knee with a police truncheon to anyone, let alone a youth or minor, could easily cause pain and injury so should rightfully be classed as an assault.
Aw come on it was the 70s. It put you in your place like the belt did at school. Don't have a problem with it at all.
Those wimin were in the nip.
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bonzo wrote: Sat Feb 20, 2021 10:01 am Aw come on it was the 70s. It put you in your place like the belt did at school. Don't have a problem with it at all.
Getting the belt never did me much harm either, plus at the time whether folk agreed with it or not it was a perfectly legal routine punishment in schools. There's even been calls by some to 'bring back the belt' etc.
Police using a truncheon to put wee boys in their place, well I'm afraid that's a different kettle of fish altogether for me, but each to their own and I respect your opinion.
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I think the operative word there is “tap” I doubt if there would be any intent to injure or even to punish, sometimes I think we have been conditioned towards over reaction to minor incidences. Example compare a “tap” with the likes of the birch and then there would be reason to be concerned.
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I agree that there may not have been any intent to injure or punish.
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From the Archives of the Ardrossan & Saltcoats Herald published on February 27, 2008


100 YEARS AGO on February 28, 1908
THE ceremony of the laying the memorial stone of the new Parish Church, Saltcoats, was performed by the Countess of Eglinton last Tuesday afternoon and wine and oil were poured on the stone by three children of the congregation - Misses Ella Robertson, Muriel Fulton and Effie Craig.

ERSKINE Church Choir and Musical Association presented the cantata, Ruth last night, the principal singers being Miss Weir, Mrs McGillivray, Miss Stirrat, Miss Jeffrey, Mr Hepburn and Mr John McLellan.

A MEETING of the ratepayers of Saltcoats was held on Wednesday to discuss a rumour that the postal authorities had been fixed upon a site for the new Post Office in Saltcoats - stated to be in Chapelwell Street, next to Erskine Church - an "out of the way place and not suited to the merchants of the town." A resolution that the Post Office be in a more central part of the town was carried and sent to the Postmaster General.

KILBIRNIE Co-operative Society have opened a new building for the sale of fruit and fish adjoining their central premises in Main Street.

AT the annual meeting of West Kilbride Public Institute on Thursday the following were elected to the Committee of Management: -Messrs McNee, Dugald Campbell, John Jack, John Balderston, Robert Marshall, Alex Gemmill and William Gray.

50 YEARS AGO on February 28, 1958
LAST weekend the snow came back to Scotland, and in this district, it lay to a depth of several inches, for the third time since the New Year. The snow began falling last Saturday forenoon, but it was not until late at night that the roadways were completely covered and traffic was slowed down.

Bus services were disrupted through the blocking of the Haylie Brae road near Largs and the Dalry-West Kilbride road, and the Glasgow-Largs buses travelled by the coast road. On Sunday night an SMT bus on the Kilmarnock=Greenock run was stuck on the West Kilbride-Highthorne road, and in other outlying districts the bus services were delayed.

On Sunday night, however, sleet fell and a slow thaw continued until Monday, when the snow tumed to slush. Snow fell again on Monday morning but did not lie; Monday evening was frosty, and the slush turned to ice and made walking very difficult. On Tuesday the sun shone and there was a slight further thaw, but frozen snow persisted on pavements and on roads were now clear and dry and traffic was no longer affected.

VOLUNTEERS are wanted for the repair of the stand at Abbey Park, home of Kilwinning Rangers FC. Work is expected to commence in a fortnight at the weekends. Supporters willing to assist should contact Buffs secretary, H Walker.

THE Girl Guides and Brownies of Ardrossan and Saltcoats paraded on Sunday morning last to Ardrossan Barony Church where the visiting preacher was the Rev Hamish McIntosh, MC, BD, minister of Scotstoun East Church, Glasgow. The parade was held in connection with the Girl Guides Thinking Day.

NELSON Bakers, Dockhead Street, Saltcoats, has been a family name in the town for over half a century. The brothers have now retired and the premises have been purchased by a well known furniture firm. Mr Nelson, the founder of the firm, is over 90 years of age, but still gets out and about. He retired from the firm some years ago, but the sons carried on successfully the name and the quality of their products.

OFTEN at night-time, double-decked buses belonging to a firm in the Paisley district are observed in Ardrossan. I learn they are used to convey workers to and from the Hunterston site, where the new plant is being built.

25 YEARS AGO on March 4, 1983
A NORTH Ayrshire lad's fight to become a Para is being tipped to turn him into one of television's most unlikely stars, Andy Cunningham, a former West Kilbride and Dalry resident, was one of the most promising of 41 hopefuls who reported for training with the Parachute Regiment last year. BBC film cameras were there to record 22 weeks of gruelling training exercises for their new seven-part series The Paras, which began yesterday (Thursday). Corporal Danny Lyden described Andy: "He takes everything In but his fitness, well, he just hasn't got any."

From the very beginning of the training officers considered Andy to be "not worth his rations". He was twice convicted of "negligent discharge," accidentally firing a rifle and later, a machine gun. But although the odds were stacked against him, he refused to accept defeat and was one of only a third of the new recruits to qualify for the coveted Red Beret of the Paras. His brother Jim, who lives at Dirrans Terrace, Kilwinning said: "Andy knew he was being filmed by the BBC but he did not realise that he could be picked out as a celebrity." Jim was at his brother's passing out parade last July.

TWO hundred and fifty essential and casual car users at Cunninghame District Council have refused to use their vehicles. The action follows an Instruction from their union - the National and Local Government Officers Association-over car allowances. NALGO ordered their members to stop using their cars from Tuesday because of what they call an attempt to cut car allowances by local government employers. At the beginning of this week it was impossible to say exactly what caused the action, according to NALGO chairman at CDC, Duncan Bryson. At a national level It's expected to cause problems in planning, environmental health, social work, engineering and trading standards departments.

NALGO say that an essential user with an 1100cc car doing 3,750 miles a year would have the allowance cut by £16.50 a month. Cunninghame District Council's Chief Executive, James Miller, said this week that there had been no disruption to normal working. National negotiations were underway this week.

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From the Archives of the Ardrossan & Saltcoats Herald published on March 5, 2008

100 YEARS AGO on March 6, 1908
ON Saturday last the Ardrossan Co-operative Society started a Penny Savings Bank in Ardrossan and Saltcoats, there being 80 depositors in the former place and 20 in the latter.

A FORMER pupil of Ardrossan Academy, Alexander Muir, has gained 67th place in the open competitive examination for the Civil Service among 782 entrants from Britain and Ireland.

THE fifth social and concert under the auspices of Saltcoats Total Abstinence Society, held in the Lesser Town Hall, Saltcoats, last Friday, attracted an audience that overflowed the hall, the artistes being Misses Annie B Shields, Annie G Higgins, P Jeffrey, Lizzie O'Rourke and Mr HC Allison. The accompanist was Mr Frank Blythe.

AT the annual meeting of Saltcoats Unionist Club, office-bearers appointed were: - President, Mr Hugh Thomson; Vice-Presidents, Dr Turner. Messrs Joseph Kirkland, William Allan, George Tait, Chris Meadows, Hugh Stevenson, DA Boyd, R Bryce Orr; secretary, Mr HA Hamilton; treasurer, Mr H Wylie Auld.

THE Glengarnock Iron and Steel Company's workmen have commenced to make the new round the feuing ground on Newhouse Farm, Kilbirnie.

ON Friday evening last, the Solicitor-General, Mr Alexander Ure, KC, MP addressed a large audience in Dalry on the Scottish Land Bills.

STEVENSTON School Board have announced that a quarter of an hour's religious instruction be given daily in the Public School instead of a Bible lesson three times a month at present.

50 YEARS AGO on March 7, 1958
SERGEANT lan Trayner, of Maxwell Place, Stevenston, a 17-year-old Cadet in the Ardrossan Squadron of the Air Training Corps, leaves from RAF Station at Kinloss today on an overseas flight to Gibraltar. He expects to return by the middle of next week.

AS a result of the recent television and wireless comb in the Ardrossan area a number of prosecutions were taken against pirates operating without a licence. Fines ranging from £1 or 10 days to £10 or 10 days' imprisonment were imposed on the offenders.

THE death has occurred in Glasgow of Captain Donald McGugan, a master mariner who for nearly 50 years was in the service of Burns and Laird Lines Ltd. He was 89. Captain McGugan became a master in 1908, and for the last nine years of his service he was master of the "Partridge engaged in the Ardrossan-Belfast service. He retired in 1934.

THE Clydesdale and North of Scotland Bank have announced that Mr DS Buchanan, manager at the Ardrossan branch of the bank, is to retire on March 31. He will be succeeded by Mr W Fullarton, accountant at the East George Street, Glasgow, branch.

THE site in Dalry Road, Kilwinning where the old tenements were recently demolished has now been cleared and levelled off for further operations in connection with the erection of new houses.

STEADY progress is being made with the alterations of the two road bridges over the railway. at Smithston and Winton Corner, Kilwinning, respectively.

MONDAY'S meeting of Stevenston Town Council was one of the shortest on record - all the public business being disposed of in just over 16 minutes.

BETWEEN Sunday night and Monday morning some person or persons entered Ardrossan Academy and did much damage, chiefly to doors.

LAST Sunday three hares were spotted having high jinks in a field between Ardrossan and West Kilbride. On Tuesday, sitting in a field at a point between Glenfoot and Seamill were a large number of birds known as oyster-catchers.

25 YEARS AGO on March 11, 1983
A SPILLAGE of bitumen from a tanker closed off the High Road between Ardrossan, Saltcoats and Stevenston on Wednesday. At about lunchtime, the tanker carrying about eight tons of bitumen was forced to stop outside AT Mays' filling station in Saltcoats, A pipe flange fractured allowing the load to spill out on to the road.
The stretch between Ardrossan Academy and the Stevenston boundary was closed off by Police for two hours and traffic diverted through Saltcoats' Caledonia Road and Argyle Road. A tender from Strathclyde Fire Service was called to stop the material - which is not inflammable-from going down drains.The vehicle was on contract to Shell (UK) from Kilsyth haulage contractor, Andrew Hogg.

PRINCE Charles finally came face to face with three artists who work in murals in Stevenston.
Mark Pickering, Gordon McInnes and John Smith met the Prince and Princess of Wales at a reception held during their visit to Glasgow on Friday Mr McInnes is the leader of the unemployed club who meet in Ardeer Community Centre. It is the club who have used their spare time to brighten up the town with murals. One of the murals particularly interested the Prince's attention. He awarded the club money towards their funds last year in recognition of their good work.

TAXI drivers in the Three Towns are preparing for all out war against Cunninghame District Council after the "disgraceful treatment" they have received over taxi ranks. For two years, the taxi Hirers Association in the area have been pressing for official taxi stances... to no avail. But the Association announced this week they can take no more. Angry members planned their course of action at a meeting on Tuesday night, unaware of an even bigger shock awaiting them. As taxis arrived at Countess Street in Saltcoats on Wednesday they were stunned to realise that even their unofficial stance had been closed.

Without prior warning the taxis were turned away as paving stones were laid across the entrance to Countess Street. Drivers had to go further along the road to Presto's car park.
"We have had to resort to parking on private ground as it is far too expensive to keep driving around," claimed one irate driver.
The cream of the taxi business in Saltcoats is being collected by only a very few taxis which sit outside the railway station on private ground.

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PRINCE Charles finally came face to face with three artists who work in murals in Stevenston.
Mark Pickering, Gordon McInnes and John Smith
I believe that should be Gavin McInnes.
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Hughie wrote: Tue Mar 02, 2021 10:07 pm
25 YEARS AGO on March 11, 1983
AT Mays' filling station in Saltcoats, A pipe flange fractured allowing the load to spill out on to the road.
Was the AT Mays filling station the old garage on the High Road that got flattened and rebuilt as an Esso garage about the same time that they built Tescos?
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From the Archives of the Ardrossan & Saltcoats Herald published on March 12, 2008

100 YEARS AGO on March 13, 1908
SALTCOATS Town Council have agreed to advertise for an attendance for the Bathing Pool to serve from June to September, hours 6am to 6pm, wages £1 per week.

AT the annual business meeting of Park UF Church, Ardrossan, Mr JW Butters was elected preses, Mr W Clement Guthrie, clerk and Mr John Adams, treasurer. During the evening a musical programme was provided by Misses Bessie Adams and Travers, Messrs H Ross, T Adams and J Hardie.

IT was reported to Ardrossan Town Council that the town fire brigade holds practices quarterly, and that in the event of a fire the police report by telephone to the burgh officer who calls out the men. The Firemaster is Finlay Murchie and the Deputy Harry Hughes.

THE annual social and dance of Ardrossan Winton Rovers FC was held in the town hall last Friday and a musical programme was sustained by Misses Travers and Tumer, Messrs Soulis, Jamieson, Kirkwood, Macfarlane and Shearer.

CAPTAIN Wright, Durring, has presented to Kilwinning Public School a splendid map of the world showing clearly all British possessions, with the idea of encouraging the spirit of patriotism in the pupils.

50 YEARS AGO on March 14, 1958
AN interesting link with the famous Eglinton Tournament of 1839 has been presented to the North Ayrshire Museum, Saltcoats. Known to have been used during the historic tournament at Kilwinning, it consists of a coat of armour probably 400 years old and of Bavarian origin. The breast-plate is of a later date and of a very high standard, being heavy, strong and carefully designed and a splendid specimen of the armourer's art

IN connection with the United Nations Association's work among refugees, appeals for assistance are to made during the next few weeks in a number of Ayrshire towns, including Ardrossan, Saltcoats, Stevenston, West Kilbride, Dairy, Beith, Kilbimie, Kilwinning and Irvine.

MR David Lambie, BSc, son of Police Judge and Provost Mrs Lambie, Saltcoats, has been appointed chairman of the Glasgow branch of the Educational Institute of Scotland.

DALRY High School Junior Choirs entertained the Woman's Guild of Park Church, Ardrossan, at a hostess tea in the church hall on Tuesday night. Mr Currie, the president of the Guild presided.

THE housing scheme is very well forward round Stobbs Crescent, Kilwinning, and it is hoped that at an early date the completion of the proposed road from the Crescent to Shavian Terrace will be proceeded with. Good progress is also being made in the construction of Corsehill Primary School.

MR Robert T Stratton, who has been Principal Teacher of Mathematics in Ardrossan Academy since 1938, has been appointed headmaster of Stevenston Junior Secondary School in succession to Mr James Nairn, who is retiring on August 21. The appointment was made at Tuesday's meeting of the Educational Committee of Ayr County Council.

A native of Dundee, Mr Stratton was educated at Morgan Academy where he was a very distinguished pupil, and at St Andrew's University, where his career was also one of distinction. He graduated with 1st Class Honours in Mathematics and Philosophy in 1927, and two years later he graduated BSc with First Class Honours in Chemistry. In 1930 he gained the Diploma in Education. Before being appointed to Ardrossan Academy he was Assistant Teacher of Mathematics in Ayr Academy for eight years.

25 YEARS AGO on March 18, 1983
ARDROSSAN Outdoor Bowling Club have drastically reviewed their subscription charges in a bid to avert a cash crisis. It has cut its fees for ordinary members and increased those for pensioners. The club are about £8,000 in the red, partly due to vandalism and theft at their Kilmeny
Terrace premises last year. Over 25 windows were smashed when vandals attacked the clubhouse and thieves broke in last November, stole money and damaged gaming machines, At the club's annual general meeting last week members decided on radical action to reduce their overdraft.

They agreed to replace four different subscription rates --$25 for gents, £18 for women, Eid for male pensioners and £7 for female pensioners-with a £15 flat rate. At a special meeting called to discuss their money problems in January the club agreed to consider a levy on their 200 members. A proposed levy of 50p a week for 2 weeks was put forward but rejected by the agm. It would have brought in an extra £2,000.

Club treasurer, Mr Harry Quigg, suggested alternative subscription charges which would have meant no increases for pensioners. But members voted overwhelmingly in favour of a £25 flat rate and no levy. Club Secretary, Mr David Houston, said the new subscriptions would bring in as much money from members as they contributed overall last year.

BRITISH Rail have won back a major customer to Ardrossan Harbour. Between now and September, 18,000 tons of plate steel will be brought to the harbour by rail. The steel, bound for the Harland and Wolf's Belfast shipyard, will arrive in 45 train loads from the British Steel plates mill at Scunthorpe'

In recent years steel required by the Belfast yard has been brought to Ardrossan Harbour by road. But BR's computerised freight service, Speedlink, has won the order previously lost to road haulage The steel plates, in various sizes and shapes will be used in the building of four refrigeration ships,

CENTRAL Ayrshire MP David Lambie is pushing for the electrification of the rail lines to Ardrossan Harbour and Largs. Both routes have recently been excluded from the electrification programme only recently given the go ahead. British Rail and Strathclyde Regional Council are now considering the future uses of the two routes.

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From the Archives of the Ardrossan & Saltcoats Herald published on March 19, 2008

100 YEARS AGO on March 20, 1908
A SALTCOATS man was fined eight guineas at Ayr Sheriff Court for driving his motor car at a speed of 25 miles an hour in Prestwick, where the speed limit is 10 miles an hour.

THE following office-bearers were appointed at the annual meeting of the Ardrossan branch of the Pentecostal League on Friday: - President, Mr Jacob Vickers; Vice-President, Mr Robert Alexander, secretary, Miss Steel, Saltcoats; treasurer, Mrs William Cumming, Ardrossan.

IN the Conservative Hail, Stevenston, last Thursday and Friday, Messrs McLellan and Allan's Juvenile Choir gave the kinderspiel The Magic Ruby before crowded audiences. The principal players were Miss Callen, Miss Henderson, Thos. Hamilton, James Paterson, Harry Hamilton, Robert Cummings.

AT the annual meeting of Saltcoats Bowling Club office-bearers elected were: - Pres., Mr Alex Wilson; Vice-Pres., Mr William Wylie: treas., Mr W. Wallace; secretary, Mr D. McMiller: committee, Messers Thompson Reilly, Morris, McNab, McAndrew and Fraser.

ON Wednesday a motor car arrived at Saltcoats Police Station propelled by the efforts of several boys and guided by a man at the wheel. It was handed over to the police as lost property, having been found deserted in Jacks Road. It appeared later that the machine had broken down and the owner had gone for assistance.

50 YEARS AGO on March 21, 1958
THE new ship built at Ardrossan Dockyard for the Admiralty was out on her trials this week. This type of in-shore small vessel is stated to be fast and has all the latest gadgets. This is the second of this type built at Ardrossan and two were built at Fairlie.

There were 19 arrivals, including one oil tanker, at Ardrossan Harbour for the week ending Saturday 15. The harbour barge with crane and grab has been busy this week in Eglinton Dock lifting silt, scrap iron and other material that has dropped into the water

WELL-known to a generation of Ayrshire shop keepers was James McIntyre Rowe, Chief Adjuster in the Ayr County Council Weights and Measures Department, who has retired after just more than 28 years' service

THE death of Mr John Simm at a nursing home in West Kilbride, on Sunday, at the age of 87, takes from our midst the last surviving member of the staff at the old Caledonian Railway Station, Ardrossan. He was one of the few first employed when the station was originally opened.

MEMBERS of Ardrossan Town Council who retire by rotation this year are Provost Hogarth, Treasurer Dorrian and Councillor Ramsay.

THE Unionist ladies of Saltcoats and district are looking forward to the visit of the Hon. Lady Maclean on Wednesday next week Lady Maclean is to give a talk on her travels in Europe with Sir Fitzroy.

LAST Saturday members of a badminton team arrived in Saltcoats to play a match. One of them parked his car at the Braes, but later, when going home, he found his car had disappeared. He resides several miles from Saltcoats.

WHEN Miss Mary Robertson, 46 Rockyknowe, Saltcoats, left Prestwick Airport early on Sunday on a B.O.A.C air liner for New York, 150 of her workmates were present to bid her farewell. Miss Robertson worked in Ardeer Factory for 19 years. She was popular with everyone and when she decided to emigrate she received several parting gifts, including a gold wrist watch, a brooch, a ring and a necklace. She also received a Diploma of Merit for her 15 years' work with Ardeer National Savings Movement

RECENTLY a Stevenston man coming out of his house observed a weasel trying to get into his neighbour's kitchen, and when he tried to chase the animal off it faced up to him. So the man closed the outside door of the entry and with a shovel in his hand went on the attack, but so fierce was the weasel that it was some time before it was killed.

25 YEARS AGO on March 25, 1983
SALTCOATS' answer to the "Rovers Retum" has an appropriate celebrity opening its new extension on March 31 Fred Feast, a publican in Manchester and best known as the hard-done-by barman Fred Gee in Coronation Street's hostelry, will be performing the opening ceremony for the extension to the Aberlour Bar in Jacks Road. Aberlour owner Mr Michael Biagi explained that Fred Feast was asked to open the extension because of his television role.

PLANS to provide new flats for old people in Saltcoats face delay and could eventually be scrapped.
The Hanover (Scotland) Housing Association plans to renovate 10 empty flats in Quay Street and Bradshaw Street and convert them into amenity flats for pensioners. Cunninghame District Council has already agreed to sell the houses to the association. But the Scottish Development Department, who will provide the money have not yet decided if the project will be included in their budget for 1983/84.

HEARTLESS vandals are placing elderly flat dwellers in Saltcoats at risk. Staircase lights at Lamble Court and O'Connor Court are regularly smashed or stolen, leaving the close stairs in pitch darkness.
Upper floor tenants fear that, if a fire broke out, they could find it difficult to escape. Vandalism at the 90 flats has been increasing steadily since Christmas. Until a few weeks ago 50 light bulbs had been smashed or stolen by vandals this year. That total was considerably increased by particularly bad vandalism recently. Vandals are also melting the plastic light fittings. It has now reached the stage where landlords, Cunninghame District Council, have to inspect the stair lights every day to make sure they are still working.

SALTCOATS' Sovereign Hotel has been granted its licence - after a closing order had been issued.
Cunninghame District Licensing Board agreed to grant a hotel licence. Earlier a closing order had been issued by the environmental health department of Cunninghame District Council because of the state of the building.

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