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Meg wrote: Wed Jun 30, 2021 7:22 pm
bonzo wrote: Wed Jun 30, 2021 4:41 pm I remember the Sunday strippers at Flicks, never ever went though :roll:
Are you sure you weren’t there - someone’s BOUND to have the photos - oh no wait - no mobiles = no evidence :lol:
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Or as I like to call them, the good old days :D
Those wimin were in the nip.
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From the Archives of the Ardrossan & Saltcoats Herald published on July 23, 2008

100 YEARS AGO on July 24, 1908
THE mineral well in the Holm Plantation, Saltcoats, was successfully opened last Saturday in the presence of a goodly number of people. There was no function of any kind. The first glass of the water was drunk by a little girl, niece of Mr Myers, the gas manager.

DR. Turner, Saltcoats, has been appointed Medical Officer of the Saltcoats Territorial Force.

MR William Reid, Stevenston, had a round of 71 over Ardeer Golf Course last night. This constitutes a new record

At a Trinity College of Music examination, certificates were gained by: Mary M. Andrew, Nellie Hallsley, Catherine Herdman, pupils of Miss H. Mackay, Ardrossan; and Margaret M. Brown, Eliza H. Dunlop, Marion B. Merrie, pupils of Miss A. Smith, Saltcoats

DURING last year the number of persons applying for relief in the Parish of Ardrossan was 279 (165 males and 114 females). Of these, 92 were admitted to the Poorhouse.

DESPITE dull trade and the consequent scarcity of money, the influx of visitors from Glasgow has been well-nigh as great as usual. They have been favoured with good weather, and a visit from Sanger's Circus to Saltcoats on Monday.

THE opening show of Kilbirnie Rose Society was held last Friday, the prize-winners being James Allan, John Houston, Robert Watt, J. Finlay, William Barclay, and James Dunlop.

50 YEARS AGO on July 25, 1958
TWO families of holiday-makers from Glasgow had to evacuate their rooms in a two-story building in Saltcoats in the early hours of yesterday moming when fire broke out in a public house on the ground floor

At 1:30am the Saltcoats police were informed by passers-by that the "Jubilee Arms public house at the comer of Countess Street was on fire. The licence-holder, Mr D. McVey, who resides on the first floor of the building, was out of his house at the time, and the police wakened the holiday-makers who were occupying the rooms on the second floor and advised them to evacuate the house as a precautionary measure.

AT 1:45am on Wednesday, the window of the chemist shop in Princes Street, Ardrossan, belonging to Messrs. Cockburn, was smashed and two cameras stolen.

ARDROSSAN Town Council's Finance Committee are divided over the question of making a donation to the National Trust for Scotland's appeal fund for Brodick Castle.

Main reason for the division is that the Committee earlier agreed to make their usual annual subscription to the Trust amounting to two guineas. And some of the members thought that was enough.

THE Registrar-General for Scotland reports that during the quarter ended March 31 there were 25101 births, or 19.7 per 1000, registered in Scotland, a rate that is higher than for any quarter since 1931, excluding the years following the war, which were exceptional.

SEVEN members of Ardrossan Burgh Pipe Band left Prestwick last month by air for Amsterdam. They were going to Steenwijk as the guests of members of the Steenwijk Walking Club, a group devoted to the promotion of healthy outdoor exercise, and the appreciation of all that is lovely and interesting in the surrounding district. The bandsmen were accommodated in the homes of several local people and their hosts gave them a holiday they will never forget. All the arrangements for their visit were made by the popular chairman of the walking dlub, Mr. H. A. Van Leeuwen of Steenwijk who had invited the pipe band to Steenwijk.

AT the Beach Pavilion, Saltcoats, Johnny Kildare and company have been delighting large holiday audiences this week with their exuberant performances. All the cast contribute both to the up-to-date musical items and to the clever and fast moving comedy items, while in their solo numbers Ann Mullen at the piano, Benny Ward at the microphone, and Betty Dowell with her ballads deserve their applause.

THE amount of Glasgow Fair Holiday Traffic in the district has not varied materially for several years past irrespective of the weather, but last Weekend Saltcoats appeared to be busier than usual at this season with day trippers. Augmented sailing services on Friday, Saturday and Monday carried over ten thousand passengers from Ardrossan to the Isle of Man and ovet five thousand each to Ireland and Arran.

25 YEARS AGO on July 29, 1983
THE Miss Ardrossan contest which never happened has led to accusations that the town's young people are "apathetic." Five judges arrived at Rio's discotheque on Friday night to judge the personality contest organised by Ardrossan Community Council... but there was not a single entry. "You don't have to be a raving beauty or parade around in a swimsuit for this competition, pointed out CC Secretary Mrs Chrissie Brown. We are looking for a girl with personality to represent the town at functions throughout the year," she added. All that was required was to have a chat with the judges, but none were willing to do even that. We have to ask ourselves if it is worthwhile continuing." said Mrs Brown. The entire contest will be re-thought before next year but meantime Margaret Priest of Bridgepark, Ardrossan, will hold the title for another year.

TAXI cab licences are being sold illegally on the black market in the three towns, it was claimed this week. One taxi firm owner claims he was offered a licence and a set of number plates for £1200. And a man on the waiting list for a licence fears he may never get one because of a flourishing black market trade. Now Cunninghame District Council, who issue the hackney cab licences, are considering tightening up the rules controlling their use. Council by-laws specifically forbid the transfer of licences. When a hackney cab is taken off the road permanently its licence should be returned to the council immediately.

PUBLIC pressure has halted Sunday striptease shows at Kilwinning disco. The management of Flicks announced this week that the strip shows had been cancelled following protests from local churchgoers. Mr Bill Lundy, the owner of the disco, said a good relationship with the local people was more important than Sunday afternoon stag parties.

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From the Archives of the Ardrossan & Saltcoats Herald published on July 30, 2008

100 YEARS AGO on July 31, 1908
THE first annual gala of the Salt-Swimming and Bathing Club was held last Saturday afternoon, the prize winners being - T. Gillan, J. Cherry, H. S. Hunter, P. Greig, J. Kerr, R. Calder, A. McCallum, and A. Christie.

ONE of the chief attractions at Saltcoats this week has been the daily appearance at the swimming pond of Miss Etta Mackay, champion lady swimmer of the world. In an exhibition of swimming one mile on Wednesday afternoon she broke the world's record.

SALTCOATS Town Council organised a children's sand-building competition on Tuesday and the winners were -Jack Christie, Innes Logan, Susan Hennan, and Nettie Davis.

SOME commotion was caused in the district on Wednesday by a party of foreigners with dancing bears and a monkey. They attracted great crowds.

THE first prize-winner in a sand-building competition at Troon last Saturday was Master James Houston, Kilbirnie. He made a model of Carlisle Castle.

AT the annual amateur athletic meeting under the auspices of Kilbirnie Ladeside Football and Athletic Club last Saturday, winners of the children's races were - Girls, Janet Reid, Hannah Logan, Mary Barclay: boys, David Mackie, John McCosh, David Reld.

THE mineral well at Saltcoats has supplied its health-giving waters to over 2500 in the fort night since it opened and some people have extended their holidays to continue enjoying the physical benefits of the local spa.

50 YEARS AGO on August 1, 1958
ARDROSSAN bowling club has a member who is 86 years old. He is Mr John McAllister, a retired engine driver. John is a very fit man and has been retired for 21 years. Since his retirement he has not travelled by rail, and although he is entitled to three free passes a year and many privilege tickets, he has not asked for one in 21 years.

MR John McCulloch and his wife (Cissy Strachan), both natives of Saltcoats have arrived here on holiday from America. It is 36 years since they were last in their native town and they intend staying four months.

A large cargo ship the "Rubystone" was berthed at Ardrossan Harbour this week. She carried 7,500 tons of phosphate and she was drawing 25 ft. of water. The cargo was discharged into a fleet of motor trucks.

ACCORDING to the bowling correspondent of a Glasgow newspaper Mr W. D. Jones, Ardrossan, who represented Scotland in the singles matches at the Empire Games, made a highly creditable show, and had he not been Indisposed during one of his matches he most certainly would have been a medal winner. Jones' best game, the correspondent adds, was when he played the Australian champion, G. Bosisto, who could make nothing of Jones' accuracy in drawing in the jack.

WHEN Her Majesty the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh visited Lauriston Castle on July 5, six members of the Youth Fellowship of the E.U. Congregational Church, Saltcoats, accompanied by Miss Elsie Banks, were present. The invitation came through the Mixed Clubs Association. Miss Lizette Bates, 5 Whitlees Crescent, Ardrossan secretary of the Youth Fellowship. was presented to the Queen who asked Miss Bates about the club and the interests of the members.

The Duke of Edinburgh enquired about the nature of the employment of the members. EX-provost W. D. Kerr, who officially opened the New Cunninghame Art Club annual exhibition at Saltcoats four weeks ago, closed it officially last Saturday night. A closing ceremony, he said, gave an opportunity of making an assessment of finance and attendance results, and a comparison with former exhibitions. The extension of the exhibition to a third week to allow Glasgow visitors to see it was, he declared, a good idea. He also remarked that fortunate city dwellers had opportunities to see permanent art collections and private exhibitions, and no doubt would enjoy that little oasis of culture in the "Vanity Fair" that most seaside resorts had become.

25 YEARS AGO on August 5, 1983
HOLY Isle, off Lamlash, Arran, has been sold to a couple from the Isle of Wight for £170,000. The deal was sealed this week and the Lascelles family from Woolton are now the proud owners of the picturesque island.

LIFE is a hectic whirl for Saltcoats' Highland Games champ Alan Petigrew. The 27-year-old sportsman is looking forward to a diary packed full of competitions until September. Alan, of Dalry Road, Saltcoats, won second place in the Scottish Highland Games Championships near Inverness recently. It was only the second time he had entered the Scottish Championships. Last year he was unplaced. Alan was champion at both Ardrossan and Irvine Highland Games earlier this year and came second at Bathgate. His upcoming events include competing for Scotland against America at Edinburgh Highland Games.

CUNNINGHAME'S housing inspectors are becoming over-burdened by a plethora of paperwork. Not only do the housing Inspectors have to record every "nut, bolt and screw" used - they have to do it in triplicate. Members of Cunninghame's Housing Committee heard on Monday, inspectors need to do this in accordance with Government guidelines. And that often Inspectors did not manage to start their "real" work until late morning because of the amount of paperwork they had to produce.

SALTCOATS student Margaret Milgrew has scooped top prizes In dentistry at Glasgow University this year. Margaret has taken the Dean Webster Prize as the most distinguished student of dentistry for 1982-83. The University Senate has also awarded her the James Rankin Memorial Prize for Dental Surgery, and the Lord Provosts Prize for Dentistry. Margaret (23), is a former pupil of St Patrick's Primary , Auchenleck: St. Mary's primary, Saltcoats and St Andrews Academy, Saltcoats. She is the fifth and youngest daughter of Mr and Mrs Joseph Milgrew, 9 Murray Avenue.

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From the Archives of the Ardrossan & Saltcoats Herald published on August 6, 2008

100 YEARS AGO on August 7, 1908
LAST Wednesday the annual excursion of the Ardrossan, Saltcoats and Stevenston Merchants association took place to Blackpool. There were 200 in the party which left Ardrossan at 12:30am, arriving in Blackpool at seven in the morning. The return journey was begun at 6:15pm and Ardrossan was reached at 12:50am.

ON Saturday last a goodly crowd gathered in Saltcoats Town Hall to witness a production of the new romantic drama "Gipsy Jack," by W.T. Rushbury's Company. The hall was full again on Monday for the annual concert given by W. F. Frame's Vaudeville Company.

YESTERDAY a three-year-old cow on a Saltcoats farm gave birth to a calf which had eight legs, four ears, two tails and one eye. The creature fortunately was still-born.

A substantial cement cover has been put on the old Deepshanks pit, Stevenston, and Mr Wamer deserves the thanks of parents in the vicinity for this protection. The various schools under Stevenston School Board will open on Monday first, except the new Higher Grade School which is still in tradesmen's hands.

It was reported to Kilwinning Parish Council on Monday that £2,400 had been asked for by the School Board for educational purposes. This raises the rate to 7d on owners and 7 1/4d on occupiers - a total Increase of 1d each.

WINNERS of the third weekly show of Kilbirnie Rose Society were: Robert Watt, James Allan, John Houston, James Finlay and William Barclay.

50 YEARS AGO on August 8, 1958
ON Thursday of last week Saltcoats was visited by a well-known TV personality, Mr George Cansdale, the zoologist. Mr Cansdale spent the afternoon in the Pet Shop, Chapelwell Street, where he exhibited and passed round to a large number of children his two pets - Polly, a bush baby, and a python.

ON Monday morning a saloon car parked on the east side of Dalry Road, Saltcoats, and facing southwards, suddenly moved off while the driver, It is understood, was in a nearby garage. The car ran down an incline, swerved to the right at the junction of Dalry Road and Sannox Drive, and came to rest in the garden of a house. Fortunately no one was injured.

LITTER louts will now need to be on the lookout, for yesterday there came into force the litter act of 1958 which makes it an offence to drop litter in the open air in any public place or in any place to which the public are permitted to have access without payment. In recent years there has been increasing public concern regarding the amount of litter dropped both in towns and in the countryside, and the new Act makes it unnecessary for county and district councils, who have not made by-laws prohibiting the dropping of litter, to make such by-laws.

THE 5th Saltcoats Company (North Parish Church) held their 6th Annual Camp at Aberdeen from July 21 until August 2. The Company travelled by special bus and although the weather was not so kind, nevertheless all the N.C.O.'s and boys did thoroughly enjoy their camp.

SALTCOATS Amateur Swimming Club held an enjoyable gala at the Bathing Pool on Wednesday night in aid of the funds of the local branch of the British Legion. The various events were keenly contested and the gala attracted a large number of spectators. Mr Fraser Dunlop, the Chairman of the local branch of the British Legion presided and the prizes were handed over by Mrs Dunlop.

JOHNNY Kildare and company have been arousing the admiration and enthusiasm of their audiences at the Beach Pavilion, Saltcoats, in this week's presentation - "The Jolson Melodies." Next week in programmes entitled "The Luck of the Irish" the songs and humour will have all the infectious gaiety of the Emerald Isle.

17-year-old Miss Doreen McGhee, of 19 Eglinton Street, Saltcoats, has been awarded a prize as the best student of the year in the shorthand/typing course at Ardrossan Academy Further Education Centre The prize, amounting to £4 10s, is awarded by I.C.I. Ltd., to the best student in each year of certain courses of study at further education centres.

25 YEARS AGO on August 12, 1983
MAD marauding Vikings from Corrie will swoop on neighbouring village Sannox tomorrow (Saturday) night to carry off some maidens...but just like the cavalry always appears on time, the Marines will give a lively shore raid display and save the girls from the grip of the foreigners. The celebration of the Vikings' ancient Up Helly A ritual when they burn their boat will be the grand finale of Corrie Capers week. The Marines have agreed to take part to make it the best celebration ever. A barbecue and fireworks party with pipe music and a disco will also take place on Saturday after the annual parade of Vikings and their longboats from Corrie to Sannox.

FORMER Air Cadet Warrant Officer Patrick Harrison has landed a job telling the RAF just where to go - and he has the good wishes of the Prime Minister ringing in his ears. Pat (21), of Ladyford Avenue, Kilwinning, is about to start training to be a navigator. At the annual Queen's Review of the Royal Air Force College Cranwell, near Sleaford, he graduated from officer training last month with the congratulations of the reviewing officer, Prime Minister Mrs Margaret Thatcher. He was also confirmed as a pilot officer of the General Duties branch.

TWO new town pensioners were given the keys to a "new life" this week by Irvine Development Corporation Chairman, Sir Charles O'Halloran. Sir Charles took the opportunity to formally hand over the keys to the newest tenant, when visiting the Corporation's first sheltered Housing Scheme at Whitehirst Park. Mr John Morrison and his wife, Jean moved into their new home at 14 West Doura Court, Whitehirst Park, on Wednesday. The couple have a daughter and her family living in Kilwinning. Mr and Mrs Morrison moved to Kilwinning nearly three years ago when Mr Morrison retired from the printing industry. The couple are moving from a corporation house in Culzean place, Kliwinning

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What a great move for the Morrisons - Pennyburn :-x to Whitehurst (spam valley) park😂
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From the Archives of the Ardrossan & Saltcoats Herald published on August 13, 2008

100 YEARS AGO on August 14, 1908
A MUSICAL fete, held in Melbourne Park last Saturday in aid of the improvement of the bathing place, realised £24. Artists taking part were - New Ardrossan Parish Church Choir, Mr A. Robertson, Mr H. G. Gillespie, the Dunbar family, and the Georgian Amateur Minstrels.

RESULTS in the monthly competition of Ardeer Ladies Golf Club were; Miss L. S. Hogarth, 81; Mrs Sillars, 84; Miss Guthrie, 85; Mrs G.C. Guthrie, 94; Mrs McKay, 103.

ARDEER Homing Societies Bootie race resulted; A. Boyd, 875; J. Doran, 862; Hunter, 829; T. West, 802; J. Beattie, 801; Young Bros.. 798.

IN West Kilbride the School reopens on Monday first and the School Board has distributed bills throughout the village urging parents to have their children present on opening day.

AT Saltcoats Bowling Green the final for the Eglinton gold medal and championship of the green between James E. Howie and John Morris resulted in a win for Mr Howie by 21 to 14.

KILWINNING Town Council have fixed the burgh rates for the coming year at a total of 1/1d in the £, a reduction on last year of 2d per £.

50 YEARS AGO on August 15, 1958
EIGHTEEN-year-old Norma Gordon, of 7 Clyde Terrace, Ardrossan, was the winner of a Seaside Queen contest held at the Beach Pavilion, Saltcoats, on Thursday of last week. Norma now qualifies for the final of Scotland's Seaside Queen contest which is organised by a Glasgow evening newspaper. Second and third prizes were also won by local girls - 18-year-old Jane Lynch, of 8 Coalhill Place, Ardrossan, and 19-year-old Janette Thom, of 26 Sidney Street, Saltcoats.

ARDROSSAN Dockyard are making good progress with the new ship under construction. The platers have started to put on the shell plates. There are four ships in the repair basin and one in the dry-dock. Two barges are being repaired for use a few miles from here, and another of a different type is stated to be going to foreign owners.

THE presentation of awards for safe driving gained by the Post Office drivers at Ardrossan under a scheme organised by the Royal Society for the Prevention of accidents took place at Ardrossan Post Office on Thursday of last week. The presentation, an annual occasion, was as usual, a short but friendly and enjoyable function, the awards being handed over this year by Provost Dorrian.

IN connection with the recent examination held by the Guildhall School of Music and Drama for Pianoforte playing, Master John Lamb, Dalry Road, Saltcoats, and Miss Shona Anderson, Kilwinning, in the Junior Grade, and Miss Mary Theresa McFarlane, Bath Villa, Ardrossan in the Lower Grade, were awarded the Special Honours Certificate for having the highest marks in the Honours section. It is also of special interest to mention that at the same examination, Miss Lesley Allen, High Road, Saltcoats, gained 91 out of a possible 100 in the Introductory Grade at the age of 8-years-old.

ON Wednesday representatives of the Educational Institute of Scotland the Association of Directors of Education in Scotland, the Scottish Education Department, the local authorities visited the eighth International Youth Camp which is being held at Broomlee Camp, West Linton Peebleshire. The camp, under the joint auspices of the Institute and the association, is designed to bring together young people in the age group of 16 to 18 from various parts of the United Kingdom and overseas. This year more than 250 boys and girls from Scotland, England, Northern Ireland, Bavaria, and France have been attending the camp. which ends today. Mr W. F. Arbuckle, secretary of the Scottish Education Department, spoke at a lunch in the camp dining hall

25 YEARS AGO on August 19, 1983
A GROUP of people who do not let their handicap get them down are the members of the North Ayrshire Bowling Club for the blind. They are just one of four bowling clubs for the blind in Ayrshire - the others being in Kilmarnock, Ayr and Irvine - and they meet every Monday afternoon between 1pm and 3pm at Ardeer Bowling Club In Stevenston, during the summer.

HUNDREDS of anti-war campaigners from North Ayrshire are expected to travel to Prestwick next Saturday to take part in a march and rally against the military build-up at the airport. Speakers from all political parties, trade unions and leading members of Scottish CND and the Keep Nato Out campaign will be among the guests at the rally. The demonstration, which will descend on HMS Gannet in the afternoon, has been staged following speculation and strong rumours that NATO and in particular the American Air Force, are Interested in developing the air base. It became clear that NATO has purchased large areas of land and property on the perimeter.

IRVINE Meadow team boss Alex McAnesple could be the next manager of the Scotland Junior side. McAnesple has restructured the Irvine club into a potential trophy winning team since he arrived earlier in the year. His track record has made the fully qualified SFA coach a target for the Scottish officials as the man to replace John Binnie who quit the job as Scottish team boss to join Falkirk. But Alex or "Sanny" as he is nicknamed Insisted that despite the rumours about the Scotland job, Meadow were his number one priority at the moment.

OVERTON Church, in West Kilbride is celebrating Its 100th anniversary this year. Although the church site has been used as a religious meeting place since 1794, it was 1883 before the present building was completed. The first service In Overton Church, as it can be seen today, was on August 5 of that year and to mark the special occasion a centenary service was held last Sunday.

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50 years ago - oor Norma (my sister) won the seaside Queen contest - wonder if that was the Archie McCulloch organised competition. Think Penny Tray found the YouTube video of the final in Rothesay - when Norma was runner up to Miss Scotland.
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I remember the lovely, Norma. The the link to the topic with the film Penny posted is here: https://www.threetowners.net/forum/view ... 78#p122878
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And Archie McCulloch was the organiser, and compere as shown in the film.
Nothing is ever really lost to us as long as we remember it.
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From the Archives of the Ardrossan & Saltcoats Herald published on August 20, 2008

100 YEARS AGO on August 24, 1908
ON Tuesday the Elementary Schools under the Ardrossan School Board were re-opened after the summer vacation at Saltcoats Public School, of the attendance of 725, boys numbered 363, and girls 362

THE Post Office authorities have completed negotiations with the proprietix of ground in Chapelwell Street, Saltcoats, for the erection of a new post office there.

ON Friday evening last, Durward Lely and Company visited Saltcoats and produced lan Maclaren's famous play "The Bonny Brier Bush," to a large audience in the Town Hall.

A diamond wedding, celebrated last Friday by Mr and Mrs W. Duff, Stevenston, is believed to be the first on record in the history of Stevenston. The couple have 55 grandchildren.

THE celebrated Bostock and Wombwell's Menagerie, the largest collection of wild animals in the world, visited Saltcoats yesterday and attracted a great crowd.

IN a shooting match the Cumnock Company of the 5th R.S. Fusiliers defeated Saltcoats (4th R.S.F.) team, which comprised the following: Pte. A. Forrester, L/Cpl. Lockhart, Col. Sergt. A. Armour, Sergt. C. Price, Ple, W. Farrie, Pte. G. Allan, Ple. W. Steeveley.

AN organ grinder and his monkey arrived in Saltcoats one day this week, and traffic in Dockhead Street was blocked "while the dusky Italian ground out his asthmatic tunes and his fleasome ape gravely held out a paw for coppers in the intervals of search for entomological specimens."

50 YEARS AGO on August 22, 1958
A VERY happy reunion after 54 years, took place in the residence of Mr James Cherry, Parkhead Avenue, with his brother Samuel, who left these shores on August 16, 1904, for the New World. Mr Samuel Cherry, was born in Pathfoot and emigrated to Canada, where for 45 years he was employed as an engineer with Canadian National Railways. He resides in Belleville Ontario, and retired on pension in 1949. His wife unfortunately died in March, 1957.

LAST Sunday a variety concert was held in the Countess Cinema, Saltcoats, under the auspices of the local branch of the Royal Air Forces Association, the proceeds of which are being donated to the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund. Heading the bill was television, radio and stage star, Andy Stewart, and the cast included Nan Arton, BBC's Margaret McDonald, "Jerry" and his accordion, Forbes Whitelock, and "Mr Vitality" himself, Benny Garcia. Our old friends from Sauchle Street, Jessie and Jenny, also paid a visit to the show.

A Saltcoats minister and some of his church members were surprised this week, while working in the church grounds, when they unearthed several dozen rounds of ammunition as they were clearing a plot for new grass. The shells, about 50 in all, were found in the grounds of the North Parish Church, where, for several weeks, members have been doing some gardening in their spare time. As work progressed more and more shells were discovered till eventually there was a neat little pile of them. The minister, Rev. Edwin Lowe, decided to tell the police about the "find" and they got in touch with a bomb disposal unit who arrived at the church on Friday Afternoon. The disposal unit removed the shells after Initial Inspection. During the war an anti-aircraft battery was located at the site on which the church now stands and it is believed shells were left when the battery disbanded.

THE first of the new Scottish stamps, the 3d Issue, became available for purchase at post offices on Monday of this week. In Ardrossan and Saltcoats the Postal Authorities made recognition of the occasion by asking the respective Provosts to buy the first stamps. At Ardrossan Post Office, Mr T. Brown, Assistant-Postmaster, deputising for the Head Postmaster who is on holiday, welcomed Provost Dorrian and said that no doubt that day would be written into the history of the Post Office in Scotland.

25 YEARS AGO on August 26, 1983
THE sale of Holy Isle, In Lamlash Bay, Arran, hangs in the balance, more than a week after its ownership should have been handed over. The delay has sprung from a squabble over who owns the island's jetty. Mr Graham Lascelles thought it was included in the £170,000 he offered for Holy Isle and the Universities Federation of Animal Welfare believed it was theirs to sell. But Mr Peter Sloan who has run a ferry from Lamlash Pler to Holy Isle paid rent to Arran Estates for the use of the jetty. If it belongs to Mr Lascelles, Mr Sloan will no longer be able to do the run.

THREE of Scotland's leading contemporary writers will be visiting Ardrossan to share their experience with the people involved in the new "Writers Workshop". Edwin Morgan, Liz Lockhead and Norman McCalg will offer helpful advice and comment at the course which is being held in Ardrossan Academy's further education centre. The idea behind the workshop is to guide people who have an idea for a short story or even a novel or who would like to express their feelings in poetry.

PRINCES Street and buildings on the approach to Ardrossan Harbour will be given a free facelift" by the Scottish Development Agency next year. The Agency issued letter to residents in Princes Street and the lower end of Glasgow Street this week, outlning their proposals and asking them to look favourably on the changes and to co-operate when work begins.

AN Ardrossan man has retired from the A1 bus company after 46 years' service. Mr James Torney, of 19 St Margaret's Road, Ardrossan, began working for the company in 1937 and retired last Friday as Traffic Manager. Mr Tomey, who was born and has always lived in the town, joined the company as a bus conductor and left them for a short time during the last war. He returned to the A1 company in 1943 and continued working as an Inspector.

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