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

100 YEARS AGO on December 20, 1907
Ardrossan, Saltcoats and Stevenston Choral Society rendered The Messiah in Saltcoats last night, the conductor being Mr WG Burgoyne.

Building operations have commenced in connection with the new extension to Stevenston Secondary School and work has began making the new road at Ardoch Crescent

Ardrossan Army Cadets, to the number of 33, travelled to Glasgow yesterday to attend a lecture by Lord Baden-Powell.

There has been an epidemic of burglaries locally. On Sunday morning, early on, thieves entered the premises of Saltcoats Laundry Company and attempted to blow up the the safe. They were unsuccessful.

The annual meeting of the Hope Of Saltcoats Tent of Rechabites was held in the Canal Street Hall on Wednesday

A concert under the auspices of the IOGT Anchor Lodge was held on Saturday in the Good Templars' Hall, with a variety of contrasting singers and a comedian.

The new committee were appointed at the annual meeting of the William Knox Institute, Kilbimnie.

50 YEARS AGO on December 20, 1957
There were 25 arrivals, including three all tankers, at Ardrossan Harbour for the weekend December 14.

Mr James B Morton, Director In Charge, Ardrossan Harbour, invited us last week to look over the many alterations made to the different tradesmen's departments. A transformation has been affected since we last visited the premises some years ago.

The first visit was to the general store, which has taken in a tenement building and an old eating house. This place has been modernised and has in stock almost everything that the tradesmen may require at short notice.
This store is so situated that engineers, Joiners and blacksmiths do not require to to leave the building to reach the store, which is built in two flats, with the office of the foreman engineer, on top. This also has been modernised. At one time the dockers had no set place to keep their tools, but now there is a place set apart where each man has his own lock-up.

Our next visit was to the old Transformer House, which is the old power station. This building controls the electricity coming throughout the harbour and contains a great deal of valuable machinery. The Ardrossan Harbour has certainly been given a new look which places it among the most modern ports in the country

At Ardrossan Burgh Police Court on Monday morning, a 17 year-old Ardrossan youth admitted assaulting a 12-year-old Saltcoats boy by striking him with his fist. The fiscal said the 17-year-old was the owner of a canoe which was beached on the shore. Two schoolboys who had been walking on the beach turned it over - because they said. they wanted to see if it had a name - and the youth, who was observing nearby, thought they were interfering with the craft and ran up and struck one of them.
He said later: "I lost my temper." He added that it was for their own safety as they could have drowned and that they had sworn at him. The youth was admonished.

By the death on Tuesday morning of Mr James Campbell, Snr, WS JP, the district has lost one of its most prominent citizens. He was 81 years of age, and he passed away at his home, Kerelaw, Stevenston, after a short illness. He is survived by his widow and a family of two sons and three daughters, to whom much sympathy will be extended. Mr Campbell's youngest son, Flying Officer Kenneth Campbell, was awarded the Victoria Cross posthumously during the Second World War.

25 YEARS AGO on December 31, 1982
Council dogcatcher Janis Patterson was at the centre of a Christmas Eve drama when her quick actions saved an elderly Stevenston woman's life. Mrs Catherina MacFarlane, of New Street, had collapsed in her home as Janis called in to collect a neighbour's keys. Straight away she went to the woman's aid, applying mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.
"I knew Mrs McFarlane had been in for an operation. When I heard her collapse I immediately rushed to her aid," said Janis. Fortunately, Janis had received nursing training which helped her diagnose Mrs MacFarlane's heart trouble,

A Christmas Eve tragedy stunned the congregation of a Saltcoats church. Mrs Flora Johnston, wife of St Cuthbert's Church minister the Rev John Johnston, died suddenly at their home just before 9pm. She had been watching television with her husband and her mother when she was taken Ill. The Christmas Eve service due to stake place at St Cuthbert's from 11.15pm was cancelled, Mrs Johnston (50) had taken an active part in local church life since moving to Saltcoats from Glasgow with her husband about two years ago. She was also a member of the local Inner Wheel, the female branch of the Rotary movement

A young mother is living in fear in her Ardrossan council home after the central heating boiler burst into flames. Now the incident has sparked a controversy over the safety of the central heating system for houses in the town's Chapelhill Mount area. On Christmas Sunday night, 25-years old Adrienne Guthrie fled from her house at 47 Chapelhill Mount, clutching her three year old daughter Cheryl and screaming for help. According to friends and neighbours in the house at the time, black smoke started billowing from the central heating boiler, followed by flames. "I just panicked," Miss Guthrie told The Herald. Now she dreads using the heating at all. Two fire tenders continued the damage to the kitchen.

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From the Archives of the Ardrossan & Saltcoats Herald published on December 26, 2007

100 YEARS AGO on December 27, 1907
THE Christmas traffic at Saltcoats Post Office constituted a record and on Tuesday evening the people crowded right from the counter to the street outside.

A MUSICAL service entitled 'Mattie's Home' was rendered in the Christian Institute, Saltcoats, last Saturday evening, the story being read by MR A. Fergusson and the singers being Mrs Bryden, Misses McCallum, Stirrat, Carey, Cuthbertson, Cambridge, Kerr, McAllister and Messrs Harris, Hamilton Borland and Richardson.

SALTCOATS Literary Society held a musical evening on Monday, the artists being G.L. Bailey and J.B. Scotland., in dramatic pieces: J.G Bowman, violin; and Messrs Wylie William Orr, John Gilfillan, William Seggie, Robert Donaldson, John Baird, John Gartland, John Pringle and George Craig, vocalists.

AT the launch of the steamer, "Drake" (2400 tons gross) from Ailsa Shipbuilding Yard, Troon, last Saturday, the drag chains snapped as the vessel was gliding down the ways, and the ship struck the east breakwater and smashed her rudder, ster post propeller and shafting. No one was injured.

THE billiards competition in Ardrossan Liberal Club resulted as follows:-1, James Woodburn; 2, William Macfarlane; 3, H. Skillen; 4, J. Downie.

AT the annual meeting of the Cunningham Arts and Crafts Club on Monday, office-bearers elected were: - President, Mr R Clouston Young: Vice-Pres., Mr George G. Guthrie; secretary and treasurer, Mr R. Campbell

THE annual conversazione and dance promoted by the teachers of Ardrossan Academy was held last Friday in the school. Mr J Parker officiated at the piano.

50 YEARS AGO on December 27, 1957
THE postal authorities state that traffic in letters, cards and parcels locally was more evenly spread out this year. The public co-operated well in posting early. the addressing of correspondence was good, and the wrapping of parcels was described as "very good." The number of letters was 4.4 per cent up on last year, but registered letters and parcels were well down and there was a considerable falling off in the number of packets handled.

On Tuesday afternoon of last week Skipper Alistair Kelso brought the puffer, Roman, round the pierhead at Troon Harbour and steering close to the inner side of the East break-water, passed slowly along and through the "gut" bridge to bring her finally to rest in the inner basin - journey's end for the sturdy little boat which had sailed the waters of the Clyde and the Western Isles for 53 years.

ON Wednesday of last week Ardrossan St. John's Men's Guild held their weekly meeting. President Mr Morrison was in the chair. The speaker was Mr James G. Thom who gave an interesting talk on his experience as an officer in the Australian Army, where after the campaign in Malaya he was taken prisoner by the Japanese;.
He was then transferred to Borneo where for five years he was a prisoner of war.

On Monday evening over 200 children attended the annual children's Christmas party held in the Walker Hall, under the auspices of Kilbirnie Labour Party.
The highlight of the evening was the arrival of Santa Clause, who distributed a gift to each child. It was a very happy evening for the children and equally enjoyed by Councillor A. Munro and his band of willing workers.

AN accident took place on the Irvine Barrhead Road on Monday morning when a van driven by Thos. Wilson (54), road foreman, skldded on the icey surface and collided with a bus. The driver, who resided at 28 Viaduct Circle, Kilwinning, was killed.

AT a cost of £1750, the County Council are to purchase the property at Nos 3/7 Bridgend, Kilbirnie, for use as a garage stores and a petrol and oil dispensing unit.

25 YEARS AGO on December 31, 1982
A YOUNG mother is living in fear at her Ardrossan council home after the central heating boiler burst into flames. Now the incident has sparked a controversy over the safety of the central heating system for houses in the town's Chapelhill Mount Area. On Christmas Sunday night 25 year old Adrienne Guthrie fled from her house at 47 Chapelhill Mount, clutching her three year old daughter, Sheryl and screaming for help.

COUNCIL dog catcher Janis Patterson was at the centre of a Christmas Eve drama when her quick actions saved an elderly Stevenston women's life. Mrs Catherine McFarlane, of New Street, had collapsed in her home as Janis called to collect a neighbour's keys. Straight away she went to the women's aid,Straight away she applying mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.

ONE of the first babies to come out into this world on Christmas Day was born not in hospital but in his parents' Saltcoats home. Yvonne and Patrick McDonald (26) are delighted with 7lbs 10oz son Brian. And with two midwives present at the birth on Saturday morning, Mrs Mcdonald experienced no difficulties and Brian was delivered at 5.10am.

THE Star Inn Hall Gospel Mission has moved its premises by only 100 yards.
Extending Barnett Crescent in Saltcoats meant that the 50-year old hall had to be removed, but the members of the Mission are very happy with the outcome as they now have a lovely, bright, new hall in Parkhead Road.

AS LOCAL people flock to see the most publicised movie ever "ET - the extra terrestrial" a most apt comment came from Mr Brian Kemp of the Regal Cinema in Saltcoats, this week. Speaking about the great reaction to the memorable Steven Speilberg film Mr Kemp said: "It's miles above the size of audiences we normally get."

PILLS which could be dangerous to children have been lost by an Ardrossan women.
A handbag containing doloxene compound migraine pills, normison sleeping pills and anxon tranquillisers was stolen from behind the counter of 'Sammy's' shop in Glasgow Street between 9am and 3pm on Monday.

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From the Archives of the Ardrossan & Saltcoats Herald published on January 2, 2008

100 YEARS AGO on December 27, 1907
AT a concert in aid of the Manse building fund held last Friday in Ardeer United Free Church Hall, the artists were Miss Smith, Miss Law, Messrs Longwell, Mitchell, Forsyth, Brown and Banks.

THE annual conversazione and dance promoted by the teachers of Ardrossan Academy was held last Friday in the school. Mr J Parker officiated at the piano.

THE Christmas traffic at Saltcoats Post Office constituted a record and on Tuesday evening the people crowded right from the counter to the street outside.

A MUSICAL service entitled "Mattie's Home' was rendered in the Christian Institute, Saltcoats, last Saturday evening, the story being read by Mr A. Fergusson and the singers being Mrs Bryden, Misses McCallum, Stirrat, Carey, Cuthbertson, Cambridge, Kerr, McAllister, and Messrs Harris, Hamilton Borland and Richardson

SALTCOATS Literary Society held a musical evening on Monday, the artists being G.L. Bailey and J.B. Scotland, in dramatic pieces: J.G Bowman, violin; and Messrs Wylie William Orr, John Gilfillan, William Seggle, Robert Donaldson, John Baird, John Gartland, John Pringle and George Craig, vocalists.

AT the annual meeting of the Cunningham Arts and Crafts Club on Monday, office-bearers elected were: - President, Mr R Clouston Young; Vice Pres, Mr George G. Guthrie; secretary and treasurer, Mr R Campbell.

50 YEARS AGO on December 27, 1957
WORKMEN are putting the finishing touches to the new main building at Ardrossan Fire Station, where for the past few years the quick get away of the unit's most modern fire engine has been hampered by the design of the old appliance room.
The new building is the major part of a modernisation scheme for the station to cost in the region of £15,000. It has two storeys and faces Montgomerie Street, the access to which is provided by a wide carriageway, just completed. "It is a wonderful benefit , said Mr Watters, the firemaster, on Friday last week.

THE Youth Fellowship of the Saltcoats E.U. Church, accompanied by their minister, Rev. Charles Moore, visited the Home on Christmas Eve and sang carols to the mothers. A very happy evening was spent. On Christmas day the mothers and children had an enjoyable time, as many friends in the town once again gifted toys, sweets and a turkey to the Home.

A Giant Christmas tree and fairy lights said welcome to members of the "Elderflower" Club who were celebrating their annual Christmas re-union in Castlecraigs on Thursday of last week. Police judges Mrs Lawson (President) welcomed the members and wished them all the compliments of the season.
The theme song was sung and the Rev. Jean Thomson said grace. Supper, prepared by Mrs Brennan and committee, was then served.

ON Tuesday afternoon of last week Skipper Alistair Kelso brought the puffer, "Roman," round the pier head at Troon Harbour and, steering close to the inner side of the East break-water, passed slowly along and through the "gut" bridge to bring her finally to rest in the inner basin - journey's end for the sturdy little boat which had sailed the waters of the Clyde and the Western Isles for 53 years.

A SAFE containing money was blown open by intruders who broke into Ardrossan Cooperative Society's bakery premises in Barr Street last Saturday night. They got away with over £80. The safe was situated in a side office in the despatch department and to get at it the thieves forced open the office door, after gaining access to the building through a window.

25 YEARS AGO on December 31, 1982
LEISURE Seating Ltd of Saltcoats got themselves into hot water when they became confused over the difference between "sacking" and "redundancy". And now an industrial tribunal in Glasgow has awarded their former managing director £9275 compensation for being unfairly dismissed. Mr Peter Mann received £2410 for three months wages on May 28 the same day. He never cashed his cheques for redundancy payment and pension compensation which he also received.

BLENHEIM in Lamlash, Arran, could be the site of a new lounge bar before long.
Mr Alistair Stewart, owner, has applied to Cunninghame District Council for planning permission hoping to convert his self catering accomodation in to licensed premises. Sitting near the middle of the village, close to the pier and next to the bowling green makes it easily reached. Mr Stewart commented that although there are already three bars in Lamlash, he feels there is room for more.

A YOUNG mother is living in fear at her Ardrossan council home after the central heating boiler burst into flames. Now the incident has sparked a controversy over the safety of the central heating system for houses in the town's Chapelhill Mount Area.

On Christmas Sunday night 25 year old Adrienne Guthrie fled from her house at 47 Chapelhill Mount, clutching her three year old daughter, Sheryl and screaming.

A party of senior citizens -all members of West Kilbride bowling club - were the guests of the club at a Christmas party held in the club house last Tuesday. The president Mr A. Adam welcomed the company and entertainment was provided by a talented group of artists.

STEVENSTON carol service which was held at The Cross and attracted a crowd of about 120 people last week, raised £15, which will be donated to the Malcolm Sargent Foundation.

THE Star Inn Hall Gospel Mission has moved its premises by only 100 yards.
Extending Barnett Crescent in Saltcoats meant that the 50-year old hall had to be removed, but the members of the Mission are very happy with the outcome as they now have a lovely, bright, new hall in Parkhead Road.

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

100 YEARS AGO on January 11, 1907
IT was intimated to the Presbytery of Irvine that Saltcoats North Church had received a donation of £120 from an anonymous donor, not a member of the church, for the purpose of completing the heating apparatus.

AT the annual meeting of the Ardrossan Branch of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution the following office bearers were elected: -Chairman, Captain Shields; Vice-Chairman, Mr RL Alpine: Hon Secretary, Mr Thomas Guthrie.

MISS Ada LA Murcutt, a well-known traveller, writer and lecturer, delivered a lecture last night in the Town Hall in Saltcoats, her subject being "Life in Whitechapel as a Costermonger." The hall was packed to capacity

AT a social and Christmas tree meeting held by the members of the Free Church, West Kilbride, the artistes were: - Miss Moir, Miss Wellwood, Miss Durant, Mr R Speirs and Mr J Speirs.

IT is noted in the registration statistics for the past year that for the district of New Ardrossan, there were increases over the previous year of 35 deaths, one marriage and three births. The increase in deaths is described as "abnormal".

50 YEARS AGO on January 11, 1957
CHIEF Inspector William L Davis has been promoted to the rank of Superintendent in the City of Glasgow Police Force. A native of Ardrossan and a former pupil of Ardrossan Academy, Superintendent Davis was employed in the office of the Ardrossan Harbour Company before he joined the Glasgow Police Force on January 6, 1931. After service as a uniform Constable in the Marine Division, Superintendent Davis was selected on July 3, 1933, for duties in the Chief Constable's office and be continued in administrative duties until March 1, 1954, when he was promoted Chief Inspector and Officer-In-Charge of the Sheriff's Criminal Department. In the interval he had been promoted Sergeant on June 17, 1940, and Inspector on April 1, 1948.
By his latest promotion, effective from January 1. 1957. Superintendent Davis returns to administrative duties in the capacity of Officer-In-Charge of the Chief Constable's office. He is 45 years of age, is married and has a son. He has addressed meetings of various local Associations and is a committee member of the Glasgow branch of Ardrossan Academy Former Pupils' Club

THE Very Rev Canon McQuillan, parish priest of Troon, has been appointed at the age of 68 a domestic prelate of the Pope, an honour which carries with it the title of Monsignor. He has almost completed seven years at Troon. having succeeded the late Monsignor Hayes. Born at Mossend, Lanarkshire, he was educated first at Blairs College, Aberdeen, and later at the Gregorian University, Rome, where he spent eight years and gained the degrees of Doctor of Philosophy and Doctor of Divinity.

WHEN Ardrossan Dockyard closed down for the New Year holidays, Mr Thomas Bannatyne, foreman, pattern maker. passed through the gate for the last time as an employee of the firm. He retired that night after over 44 years' service in the Shipyard. Tom, who resides at Anderson Terrace, Ardrossan, served most of his apprenticeship with the old Ardrossan Foundry Company, then went to the firm of William Young, engineers. Later he joined Ardrossan Shipyard and here he remained until he retired. Tom, in his younger days, was a popular player with Ardrossan Winton Rovers and was also a pigeon fancier. He and his late brother had a fine loft of birds and won many pigeon races.

25 YEARS AGO on January 8, 1982
GLUE sniffers have been creating havoc and deliberately starting fires, residents of Saltcoats Millar Road claimed this week. The startling allegations come after a chaotic and testifying New Year, starting with people having their windows smashed. One woman pensioner has even been forced to remove her remaining belongings from her home - because she says, the "glue sniffing" youths repeatedly break into her house.

Ardrossan Fire Brigade were called twice to 98 Millar Road (where 67-year-old Mrs Caroline McMillan lives) in the early hours of January 1. "My bedclothes and all my good clothes have been burned and now I have had to move all my ornaments to my daughter's house," she protested.
Mrs McMillan's daughter, Mrs Margaret Martin, who lives at 116 Millar Road, explained that her mother is now afraid to stay by herself and that her health is being affected by the gang of youths continually entering the house and taking over", "My own home is not big enough for my mother as well as my own family, she added. Saltcoats Police were called to the scene later on

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

100 YEARS AGO on January 18, 1907
THE cost of the proposed new bathing pond for Saltcoats at a site at the saltpans is estimated by the Bathing Club to be £400.

THE Telephone Company have intimated that an Exchange will be opened in Saltcoats probably before the month of May.

UNDER the auspices of the Ardrossan YMCA. MRJ Amott's Choir of 60 voices gave a rendering of Hump and All in the EU Congregation Church, Ardrossan, on Friday. Miss M Glen read the story

THE Kirk Session of Kilbirnie Parish Church have distributed to 108 carts of coal among the poor of the district

THE West Kilbride Mutual Improvement Society held a Burns night, at which the lecture was given by Mr JG Lyon, and songs were sung by Messrs Robert Ferguson, W Reid and James Oliphant.

ARDROSSAN Town Council have agreed to lay a gas connection to the cottages in Parkhouse Road, and continue the main for 20 yards to the Parkhouse farm

50 YEARS AGO on January 18, 1957
50 YEARS AGO Friday January 18 1907 WHEN Dean of Guild Shedden asked about lighting in River Walk, the Surveyor intimated there were a good number of broken lamps throughout the burgh of Kilwinning and all were replaced at Christmas. Within three weeks 15 were broken in the Woodwynd area alone, one or two of them in River Walk. Generally the cause was shooting at them with airguns. But he told of one lamp that was burning at 10 o'clock last Wednesday night and when he passed at 8 o'clock next morning it was smashed. In his opinion children were not responsible for that one. In reply to a further question as to the experiment with reinforced globes he said it had been successful but it would be a costly affair to fit each lamp. It cost about £10 per lamp and there were a little over 300 lamps in the burgh. The matter was referred to the Lighting Committee.

THE new primary school to be built at Hayocks will cost approximately £90,000 and will accommodate about 500 pupils. Starting date of the work is 1960 and completion date 1962.

TWO new phone boxes are being erected next to the Co-operative fruit shop at the Cross. Kilbirnie. The additional phone facilities will certainly be welcomed by the public

INSPECTOR John Stewart is now in charge of the sub-division of the Ayrshire Constabulary at Beith, following his promotion last week. A native of Barra, Outer Hebrides, Inspector Stuart joined the Ayrshire Constabulary in 1930 and was first stationed at Ayr. Then followed periods of duty at Saltcoats, Cumnock, Girvan, Turnberry and Symington. In 1949 he was promoted sergeant and transferred to Prestwick where he made many friends during his seven years stay there and where he earned the respect of the town by his qualities as an officer.

OVER 150 old folks of the burgh were entertained to their annual treat by the Kilwinning burgh voluntary committee on Saturday, January 5. Provost Joseph Johnston presided, and after extending a warm welcome to the guests, wished them all the compliments of the season and good wishes for the future. An excellent dinner was enjoyed, and at an interval gifts were distributed to the pensioners.

AT the recent London College of Music Examination in Pianoforte Playing and Theory of Music held at Saltcoats on December 19 the following were successful: - Advanced Senior Section - 1st Class - Miss Henrietta Meikle, Wallace Avenue, Stevenston, Higher Junior Grade - Ist Class Keith Steed. McGregor Avenue Stevenston

25 YEARS AGO on January 15, 1982
THE thaw started this week - but emergency services are still over-run with calls for help. As frozen pipes and tanks thawed, houses, offices and public buildings
were hit by flooding and plumbers have been working flat out to cope with the demand.

Many ponds have stayed frozen and with some schools disrupted numbers of North Ayrshire children have taken to skating. But, arctic conditions are no fun for most families. Cunninghame District Council have been temporarily rehousing so many families that bed and breakfast facilities have had to be used where alternative accommodation was unavailable

"The main problem of the last week is re-housing the elderly and families with young children. There has been an avalanche of calls about burst pipes. especially on Tuesday when frozen pipes thawed - then burst," aid Mr Bob Lindsay. CDC's Housing Director, he added. With so much flooding in homes, insurance companies have been inundated with claims.

Colossal problems have ensued for schools as well. In the Ayr division of Strathclyde this week. 46 schools were disrupted. Kilwinning was one of the worst hit, with two primary and two secondary schools affected. Garock, Academy was closed for a time, leaving secondary school pupils throughout the Valley without lessons.

THE long-awaited rail electrification scheme for Ayrshire has at last been given the go-ahead by Strathclyde Regional Council - but the council have laid down two conditions - that the Government should pay 75 per cent of the cost of new rolling stock... and that the EEC must meet 15 per cent of the £18.69m electrification costs.

In a desperate bid to cut £1Im from their transport costs, the Region considered shelving the plan and it was only after an emergency meeting of the Council's Labour Group on Monday that the green light was finally given.

AUCHENHARVIE and Garnock swimming pools could soon boast the latest in solarium equipment thanks to an international company's offer. The company want to install the solariums at no charge to Cunninghame District Council - and half the profits with them. Last week the council's leisure committee gave the offer the go ahead in principle after hearing that the equipment was the very latest". The deal offered by the firm is that they would install and maintain the units, and that a five-year contract would entitle the council to a 50 percent share of the takings.

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From the Archives of the Ardrossan & Saltcoats Herald published on January 24, 2007

100 YEARS AGO on January 25, 1907
LAST Saturday afternoon the slipway of Ardrossan Dry Dock and Shipbuilding Company was formally opened by Miss Thomson, Arran Place, Ardrossan. On the same afternoon the company launched from their yard the twin screw steamer,
Carmelo.

AT Saltcoats Literary and Debating Society's annual Burns Supper on Monday, the Immortal Memory was proposed by Mr John Edwards, MA. BSe and Bonnie Jean by Mr John B Orr. Mr Thomas Scott proposed the toast of The Army, Navy and Reserve Forces.

EGLINTON District Public School, Kilwinning.has been closed for two weeks by the School Board owing to an epidemic of measles.

ARDROSSAN Chess Club team (J Cook, J Edwards, W McQueen, F Blythe, CW Porter, T Price, Matthews) were defeated in a match with Glasgow club by 6 to 1.

AT a concert given in St Andrew's Episcopal Church Hall last week the artistes were: - Miss AM Hogarth, Misses M and A Cook, Miss A Brown, Miss M Wyllie and Miss Mordue, Messrs A Turnbull, J Cockburn. GL Bailey, HS Smith and TK Cook.

50 YEARS AGO on January 25, 1957
A LETTER from Post Office telephones, read at Monday night's meeting of Ardrossan Town Council, stated that the telephone kiosk at Ailsa Jardens had for some time been subjected to considerable abuse and it is proposed to remove it to the junction of Busbie Drive and Castle Road.

The letter asked for the Council's consent to the proposal and was emitted with powers to Police Judge Currie, convener of the Works and Planning Committee, and the officials concerned. Provost Hogarth remarked that it was a bad reflection on the burgh that telephone kiosk had to be removed to prevent it from being damaged.

A DISTRESSING accident took place during the early hours of Monday morning, when two motor vehicles of the local Co-op Society in Beith were involved in a mishap in the Main Street, resulting in an employee meeting with injuries that necessitated his removal to an infirmary. We are pleased to learn that the injured man is making good progress and that the injuries were not as serious as at first suspected

IMPROVEMENTS are going apace around Bridgegate and Pathfoot, Kilwinning where old property has recently been demolished. The ground has been levelled and when completed the result will be pleasant to the eye.

THE link with Irvine of Mr Harold Macmillan prompted Mr JC Longmuir, chairman of Irvine branch of Central Ayrshire Unionist Association, to send a letter to the Prime Minister congratulating him on his recent appointment. Mr Longmuir has now received the following reply from Mr Macmillan:
"I am grateful to you for your kind message. We have much to do, but if we work together, we shall succeed. I know that i can count on your unswerving loyalty and hard work. Let us get on with the job together."

THE Shore House in Stevenston is being demolished this week. This building has been a landmark for many years. It was a two-tenement house and many well-known families have resided there. It was situated right on the shorefront between the Kiosk and the burn.

THE temporary wicket fence erected along where the old railway corridor stood on the Caley bridge, Kilwinning has been broken at either end. The openings are being used by children as a shortcut across the old goods yard to Dalry Road. Attention has been drawn to the dangers entailed to the young folk by a sheer drop of about 20 feet. should they stumble on the old railway track.

25 YEARS AGO on January 22, 1982
FIRE swept through the Maple Leaf Hotel, Saltcoats on Saturday, causing the evacuation of 11 people... and shattering the hopes of its owner.
No one was injured in the blaze, which was spotted at 4.40am by a passing police patrol who raised the alarm
But damage to the building. described as "extensive" has put paid to owner Mr Walter Catto's hopes of selling the hotel to an Aberdeen businessman. Mr Catto, his son, daughter-in-law, and their baby, together with seven guests, fled from. the hotel when the alarm was raised. The fire was concentrated in the hotel's Odyssey function suite and lounge bar which, a few hours earlier, had housed more than 300 people.
Other parts of the hotel were also affected by smoke and water. No estimate has yet been put on the cost of the damage. Odyssey opened only a year ago almost a year to the day and was then described as Mr Catto's dream". Now Mr Catto says he is just sick". It's really depressing," he told the Herald on Monday. "I just don't know what to do."
He added that the establishment of the function suite had been an effort to keep in touch with modern things and keep his customers happy.
Five fire engines attended the blaze - two from Ardrossan and one each from Dalry, Irvine and Ayr. Four sets of breathing apparatus were also used to fight the flames.

MORE than 200 workers at Robert Wilson's food factory in Kilwinning have banned overtime in an effort to prevent further redundancies. A mass meeting of shop floor staff who are members of the Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers voted to join fitters at the factory who have already imposed such a ban. The meeting on Tuesday was to discuss the latest round of redundancies proposed by the company, which blames the continuing decline of canned meat sales for the need to pay off workers.
Up to 40 USDAW workers could lose their jobs if the company cannot find any other way of cutting costs or increasing sales.
Personnel Director Leo Holmes stressed the redundancies were still merely proposals subject to further discussions. He said the majority of redundancies at the company in October had been from office staff,

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The Maple- That rings a bell :wink: The last disco i went to in Scotland. :roll:

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From the Archives of the Ardrossan & Saltcoats Herald published on January 31, 2007

100 YEARS AGO on February 1, 1907
THE coal trimmers in the employ of the Ardrossan Harbour Company made an application this week for an increase in their wages of 1/4d per ton. When the Company refused to grant it the men decided to strike and stopped work on Tuesday. The Company met the occasion by importing 20 coal trimmers from Grimsby

THE death occurred this week of Mr John Kirkwood, Raise Street, Saltcoats, who was in his 96th year. He was the former occupant of Diddup Farm and was thought to be the oldest inhabitant in the district.

AT the Congregational meeting of Stevenston Parish Church on Monday, a committee of 12 gentlemen was appointed to take the necessary steps towards the building of church halls.

AT a concert given by the children attending St Mary's School, Saltcoats, the operetta Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs was presented mm the parts being sustained by Misses S Rourke, C Murray, M McCabe, A Reid, H McLelland, V Sweeney, B Quinn and Masters Donnelly, J Rourke and J Coulter.

THE Immortal Memory was proposed by Mr John Law at the Saltcoats Burns Supper in the Saracen's Head Hotel. Mr Hugh Thomson proposed Bonnie Jean and the croupier was Mr Chris Meadows. At the supper held by Ardrossan Castle Burns Club in the Castlehill Vaults, the principal toast was given by Mr Brown, Saltcoats, and Mr Samson was croupier.

ARRANGEMENTS are being made for the building of a new hall in Stevenston between the Trust Public house and the Caledonian Railway Bridge. It is to be the property of the Christian Brethren and will cost about £350.

TWENTY six speeches were delivered at the Irvine Burns Club gathering last Friday evening

50 YEARS AGO on February 1, 1957
A PUBLIC inquiry into the proposal by the South of Scotland Electricity Board to build a nuclear generating station at Hunterston, near West Kilbride It would be the largest power station in the world opened on Tuesday in the Barrfields Pavilion, Largs.

The inquiry is being conducted by Sir Randall Philip, OBE, OC, Sheriff of Perth and Angus, on behalf of the Secretary of State for Scotland and arises from applications by the Board under three heads - for the consent of the Secretary of State under the Electricity Acts, for the construction of the station, for planning permission and for confirmation of a Compulsory Purchase Order in respect of the site.

Representations against the project - estimated to cost £37,000,000 have been lodged by 36 parties, including Miss E Hunter, of Hunterston, and a "round robin" signed by 208 residents in Portencross, Seamill, West Kilbride and Fairlie.

TWO new elders were ordained at the morning service on Sunday in St John's Church, Ardrossan, which was conducted by the minister, the Rev A Wotherspoon. The new elders were Mr James Brown, 3 Winton Street, Ardrossan, and Mr William Martin, 13 Stanley Road. Ardrossan. Mr John Dickson, Arran Place, Ardrossan, who had been an elder in a Glasgow church for some years for some years has been admitted to the eldership of St John's.

ANOTHER house in Stevenson which has been a landmark for many years is being demolished. It is situated off New Street, well off the main road and almost opposite the new Burgh Chambers wo ON Monday and Tuesday a Saltcoats burgh worker gathered three bucketfuls of broken glass from the shore. The glass had been buried in the sand and uncovered by the recent storms.

25 YEARS AGO on January 29, 1982
THE fishing boat The Chrisolite faced near disaster on Tuesday evening, when she was trapped on the West Grinan rock in Ardrossan. The vessel was just outside the harbour when the accident happened. Another local fishing boat dashed to rescue the two-man crew or The Chrisolite but were unable to get near enough to drag her from the Grinan for the area is littered with broken rock. The second fishing boat, of approximately the same size as The Chrisolite would have faced a similar fate had it gone to close to the Grinan.

Clyde Coastguards intercepted a call from the marooned boat to Ardrossan Harbour and immediately alerted Troon Lifeboat which sped to the rescue at 5.51pm. A third fishing boat also stood by to assist if necessary. With a rope tied to The Chrisolite, Troon Lifeboat held her steady in the wind, which was gusting up to force six, while they waited for the tide to free her from her rocky prison. Shelter from Horse Island prevented the waters from becoming very rough, while the crews waited for the rock to flood. Both the fishing boats' crew members had a lucky escape in the freezing conditions, neither being injured. The Chrisolite received scratches to her hull, but miraculously, she sustained neither structural nor engine damage. After the Tuesday night drama, The Chrisolite's crew are believed to have braved the elements again on Wednesday - to continue fishing.

MAN's best friend may be his dog... but two-year-old Gemma McKee thinks puppies are best, especially when they are a present from Santa Claus. So, when her 14-week-old cross bred spaniel went missing. Gemma, of Stairlie Crescent, West Kilbride, was heartbroken. But the smile soon returned to her face when the Christmas present pup, called Lucy was handed back to its rightful owner by West Kilbride PC Frank Coulter.
Lucy disappeared on Sunday night, and after being found by Jackie Chalmers, 56 Stimson Avenue, West Kilbride, she had to spend the night in the cells when be handed her over to the local police. On Monday morning PC Coulter gave Lucy back to a relieved Gemma, who mildly rebuked her with the word "bad girl". However, according to Gemma's mum. Dorothy McKee, this wasn't the first time she had wandered away Last week the intrepid pup ran off to find herself in the arms of a local baker, who handed her to the staff of the U Trim hairdressers for safe keeping overnight.

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From the Archives of the Ardrossan & Saltcoats Herald published on February 14, 2007

100 YEARS AGO on February 15, 1907
THE agreement between Saltcoats Town Council and Ayr County Council for the transfer of the ground in Green Street, Saltcoats, from the Town to the County for the erection of a new police station, has been finally adjusted.

SALTCOATS Town Council agreed by six votes to three to proceed with the erection of a bathing pond at Saltpans bathing station.

IN the Town Hall, Saltcoats, last Saturday evening. Mr WT Rushbury's company produced The Octoroon before a large audience.

ON Sunday forenoon the 1st Ardrossan Company of the Boys' Brigade held their first Church Parade and under the command of Captain Allan they marched to St John's Church.

IN Stevenston, Dr Roberts, who is most popular in his profession, is having a house and surgery built in New Street, on the ground between the Trust public house and the railway.

THE death occurred early on Saturday of Mr William Scott, the much-esteemed headmaster of Troon Public School

50 YEARS AGO on February 15, 1957
PLANS have been passed by Kilwinning Dean of Guild Court for the new school at Corsehill which has to have eight classrooms with toilet and staff accommodation. An assembly hall with stage will be an attractive central feature. Part of the assembly hall will be used as a dining hall.
The school will be situated on Fergushill Road, near the residential nursery. It is believed that the cost of this new brick built school will be in the region of £70,000 and the contractors will be commencing the erection in about two months time. It is hoped that the school will be ready in about a year's time after the start of operations.

MISS Mary F Smith, who retired recently after over 40 years' service in St Palladius School, returned last Friday to the school to receive retiral gifts from staff and pupils. The Rev Father Duffy presided at the ceremony. A former pupil handed over a cheque on behalf of the children, and Mr G Bryson presented a spiritual bouquet from the staff. Miss Smith made a short and suitable reply.

COUNSEL for the promoters and for the objectors having made their closing speeches, the public inquiry into the the proposal to build the world's largest nuclear generating station at Hunterston, Dear West Kilbride, concluded on Wednesday in the Barrfields Pavilion, Largs.
The inquiry was conducted by Sir Randall Philip OBE, OC, Sheriff of Perth and Angus, on behalf of the Secretary of State for Scotland and arose from applications by the South of Electricity Board under three heads-for the consent of the secretary of State under the Electricity Acts to the construction of the station, for planning permission and for confirmation of a Compulsory Purchase Order in respect of the site.
Representations against the project-estimated to cost £37,000,000 - were lodged by 36 parties, including Miss Hunter of Hunterston, and around robin", signed by 208 residents in Portencross, West Kilbride and Fairlic.
The Commissioner will now report to the Secretary of State whose decision will be announced later. wed AT Crufts Dog Show in London last Saturday Mr DPB Campbell, Montgreenan Kennels, Kilwinning won first prize with his champion English spaniel Inveruel Raider in the restricted open, dog or bitch class.

25 YEARS AGO February 12, 1982
FLAMES reaching a height of more than 50 feet swept through Glencairn Primary School, Stevenston, in the early hours of Monday morning, reducing the main building to a shell. Firemen from all over North Ayrshire fought for two hours to prevent the blaze reaching nearby buildings, but there was nothing they could do to stop the main building from being completely gutted.
The cause of the fire is still unknown-but police are not ruling out the possibility that it was started deliberately. A team of police forensic scientists have been called in from Glasgow to help solve the mystery, but the burned-out shell of the building is unsafe and this is holding up their investigation Damage is estimated to be in the region of £100.000 and the whole building may have to be pulled down.

This is the second major fire at the school in less than nine months. In July, 1981, £5000 worth of damage was caused when vandals set fire to the assembly hall.
Since the fire, the school's 390 pupils have been told to stay at home, and the destruction of the building is causing a major headache for Ayrshire's Education Authority.

A spokesman for the authority said: "There has been nothing definite fixed for the re-location of the pupils but there will be a meeting of staff and parents as soon as possible to discuss alternative arrangements." Almost half of the school's classrooms were destroyed in the blaze, along with the assembly hall, staff and other ancillary rooms. Another casualty of the fire was the school record system, which was almost completely destroyed.
Headmaster of the school, Mr Alastair Colquhoun, holds out little hope of the building being repaired. He said: "I would hope that it would be salvaged. but it would be massive job."

NOBEL Explosives' newest product has been launched on to the international market with a bang. For three years a team of experts worked on the design for a new form of detonator. They succeeded, and last year a more efficient and safer detonator was being produced as a marketable product. Last April it was launched on to the market, and now the Nobels Explosives Company at Ardeer have captured a huge and vital order for 350,000 of the new detonators from a copper mine in Oman. And another 350.000 will be supplied next year.

A spokesman at Ardeer said the order helped secure the future of the plant and it was hoped other such orders would be captured by the company. The detonators from Ardeer will be used on the Laisal mine of the Oman Mining Company in the Persian Gulf

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I lived a hundred yards from the Corsehill primary school at one time. It cost £70.000 to build-So how much was a house at that time?
Did the Glencairn Primary school had to be totally rebuilt after the fire?

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From the Archives of the Ardrossan & Saltcoats Herald published on February 21, 2007

100 YEARS AGO on February 22, 1907
ARGYLE Hygienic Laundry in Saltcoats is in the market for sale.

REV J.M. Wright, Ardrossan E.U. Church who about a month ago intimated his resignation, told the congregation on Sunday that he had decided to remain a minister.

MISS Margaret Dailly has been appointed infant mistress of Dairy Public School at a salary of £100 per annum

A NUMBER of self-contained cottages in Kilwinning, containing three rooms, kitchen, scullery wash-house, coal house and WC are offered for sale at £185.

THE annual dance of the Saltcoats Masonic Lodge was held at the Town Hall on Friday, the music being supplied by the Kay family and Messrs. Andrew W. Service, Robert Taylor and Hugh McMurry acting as M.C.S.

AT the annual concert of "Pride of Garnock" Lodge LOAS held on Friday in the Good Templars' Hall the principal artistes were J.M. Hamilton, tenor, and Miss Nelly Clark, soprano AT the annual social meeting of the employees of Stevenston Co-operative Society, held in the Conservative Hall on Wednesday, songs were sung by Misses Annie Gibson, Nellie Scott, Maggie Graham.. Messrs. John Baird, John Hynds, David Frew, William Orr, Thomas Duff, Peter Reid and John Scott

AT Saltcoats Dean of Guild Court the following petitions were granted: A.K. Young, grocer, to alter buildings in Hamilton Street; H.B. Fullerton, ironmonger, to erect stores at rear of property in Dockhead Street: John Gunsen, gardener, to erect store at Caledonia Place.

50 YEARS AGO on February 22, 1957
AT Ardrossan Town Council's latest meeting a proposal to to remove the telephone kiosk from a site at Ailsa Gardens to a site at the junction of Busbie Drive and Castle Road. Post Office Telephones had asked the the Council for their approval in the matter, as the kiosk had been subjected to considerable abuse.
Provost Hogarth said that if the kiosk continued to be abused the telephone people would remove it altogether. After Councillor Dawes had referred to a minute commenting upon considerable damage to the playground equipment at Ailsa Gardens each year". Provost Hogarth said he could not understand how diligent some people could be in smashing up their own property

IT was also reported by the Roads and Parks Committee that during the years from 1951 to 1956 a loss of £806 185 4d had been incurred in running the tennis courts and, in view of lack of patronage of the courts, the committee agreed to recommend that the courts not be reopened this year and that they be handed over to the Works and Planning Committee with the recommendation that consideration be given to using the southmost court as a car park for Castlecraigs.

ARDROSSAN municipal putting greens will open for the summer season on 19th April.

THERE were two cases of infectious diseases in Ardrossan during January

ARDROSSAN Town Council have approved a site for an electricity sub-station at the proposed community centre area.

MESSRS. EJ. Burrow & Co., Ltd., have been permitted by Ardrossan Town Council to publish a further edition of the town's official guide.

THE principal singers of Glasgow Orpheus Club (who present a Gilbert and Sullivan opera in the city each year) are giving a concert next Wednesday evening in St Cuthbert's Church Hall, Saltcoats. The concert is under the auspices of the Woman's Guild and tickets (price 2/6) are now on sale.

BECAUSE it would cost £30 to repair the advertisement board at Bath Villa, Ardrossan, the Town Council have decided to take no action meantime.

UNDER strict control by the Town Council, the low lying ground at Loanhead Road, Ardrossan, is to be used as a tip for garden waste.

TWELVE Ayrshire school children were involved in road accidents during the month of January - nine pedestrians, two cyclists and one passenger. Six of the accidents were slight, five were serious and one fatal

IT is expected that the Saltcoats municipal putting greens and tennis courts will open for the season on 19th April, which is the date of the Glasgow Spring Holiday,

25 YEARS AGO on February 12, 1982
A RUNAWAY horse caused a fatal accident on the fly-over at the Water-cut near Kilwinning. A young Irvine man, who was travelling along the fly-over on his motorbike struck the stray horse and was killed instantly.

TIME is to be called at an Ardrossan pub for the last time. A closing order is set to be served on the Horseshoe Bar in Glasgow Street by Cunninghame District Licensing Board. Owners Tennent Caledonian say they cannot afford to pay the cost of alterations required to stipulated by the Environmental Health Department.

COUNCIL house rent rises in Cunninghame have been kept to under £l per week by the Labour-controlled District Council. And the news brought a sigh of relief from council house tenants throughout the district, who feared big increases this year.
But the decision - which will see a rents increase of just £45 a year - will cause a few headaches for the council. For the expected backlash from the Government against the small rise could be a cut in the Council's housing support grant of more than £1 million for the coming year.

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From the Archives of the Ardrossan & Saltcoats Herald published on February 28, 2007

100 YEARS AGO on March 1, 1907
AT a congregational social last Friday evening held in connection with the North Parish Church, Saltcoats, a gown was presented to the minister, the Rey JR Spottiswood.

THE choir of Saltcoats EU Church last Thursday rendered David, The Shepherd Boy, the principal singers being Misses B Duncan and Kerr, Messrs Harry Magee, McGregor, Hugh Duff and Hamilton. Miss Greenhill played the piano, and Miss Duncan the organ.

THE Merchants' Association in Stevenston held their second annual dance in the Conservative Hall on Wednesday. The purvey was by Mr James Morrison, Messrs R Hunter and R Mackay were MC's, and William Duff's band provided the music.

FIFTY-three houses are advertised as being to let in Ardrossan, and 47 in Saltcoats.

50 YEARS AGO on March 1, 1957
THE strike of shipwrights at Ardrossan Dockyard Ltd yesterday entered its ninth day, with little sign of settlement between the workers and management. Mr John Coleman, managing director at the yard, told a Herald reporter that 32 journeymen, 14 apprentices and two boys were on strike, and since the strike began five labourers and a machineman, who worked in the Shipwrights Department, have had to be laid off. Work on repairing ships, as well as on construction jobs, has been affected. The dispute, said Mr Coleman, has been referred to the Clyde Shipbuilders' Association

The strike began when the journeymen shipwrights staged a walk-out at midday on Wednesday of last weck. They returned to work for a short time the following morning. but went on strike again after a meeting with the management, the outcome of which, they stated, was not to their satisfaction. They were then joined by the apprentices.

An official of the strike committee told a reporter that the men, who were on piecework, had two reasons for striking (1) that they wanted a higher rate of pay when not working on priced jobs and (2) that they wanted a concrete assurance that there would be a fairer distribution of piecework among shipwrights. The men, who are members of the Shipwrights, and Ship Constructors' Association, claimed that their licu rate - the rate of pay they receive when not on piecework - was below that paid to mea in other trades at the yard.

ON completing 25 years as church officer of Erskine Church, Kilwinning. Miss Augusta Rolley was presented with gifts by the congregation on Wednesday, February 20. A gold wristlet watch and notes were handed over by the Rev Colin N Mackenzie MA, who paid warm tribute to Miss Rolley's long and faithful service. She had, he said, succeeded her father as church officer and that altogether the family's service in that position had extended over more than half a century. Mi Mackenzie also referred to Miss Rolley's outstanding personal qualities. The recipient made suitable acknowledgement of the gifts.

CORPORAL Jim Donnelly represented Dalry Army Cadets in the finals of the British Army Cadet Force Boxing Championships at Wembley. Having won his way through the County, Scottish and North of Britain eliminators, he was by reason if his ko victories, favourite to win the British title, but as in his last appearance in the finals, his true form seemed to desert him, and he was narrowly beaten on points in the final by Cpl Kimpton, County of London.

MR James Wylie, the Stevenston artist who is over 90 years of age, has been busy doing some lovely paintings on panels in the new Masonic Temple. The workmanship is certainly a credit to a man of his years.

25 YEARS AGO on February 26, 1982
A PHANTOM vandal is causing cyclists who visit the Cunninghame District Council area office in Saltcoats all sorts of headaches. The problem even merited a mention at the full council meeting of the council this week, when Ardrossan Councillor Marjorie Forrest said: "It happens regularly after a visit to the office that your tyres are let down." She added that the vandals also stole the valves from cycle wheels.
Now she has asked the council officials to put up a sign next to the concrete slabs where bikes can be parked. She wants it to explain the need to carry a pump and extra valves in the event of a vandal letting tyres down.

"It has happened to me on several occasions." she said. The council officials agreed to put up a sign, warning cyclists to carry a pump and spare valves. It was suggested that a pump be kept in the area office for cyclists whose tyres had been let down. but Councillor Alex Rubie retorted: "Get on your bike, we're not buying pumps and valves as a convict. Put a sign up warning cyclists. Ardrossan Councillor Mrs Hannah McPhee added: "The bicycle pumps on the bikes will probably be stolen

WORK may start early this summer on a new 1,000 berth marina between Fairlie and Largs. Cunninghame Marine Limited, set up three years ago to build a marina in the Lower Clyde area, are now applying for detailed planning permission to construct the marina. They say there has been a demand for a marina in this area for many years as the nearest marinas are at Troon to the south and Inverkip to the north. The £3.5 million project has already received outline planning consent in October 1981 and will be situated within the sheltered waters of Cumbrae Islands

The construction will create 25 jobs and after the marina is fully operational a full time staff of a minimum of 25 will be required. This figure excludes the number who will be employed in yacht service industry around such a large marina. The marina will have all modern facilities, including showers, toilets, chandlery, hard standing, hoisting facilities, electric and water supplies to most fingers berths. The fixed breakwaters will be constructed out of quarry rock, imported from neighbouring quarries.

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