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Post by brian f » Sun Mar 29, 2020 8:56 pm

Central Ayrshire MP David Lambie recently visited the Falkland Islands as part of a Commonwealth Parliamentary legislation. He said: "The naval task force will win a sea battle with the Argentinean Navy. but we will not win the war. The 1.800 British citizens on the island prevent an attack by our forces."

Another interesting read. "Yomp" springs to my mind.

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Post by John Donnelly » Mon Mar 30, 2020 10:33 am

brian f wrote:
Sun Mar 29, 2020 8:56 pm
Another interesting read. "Yomp" springs to my mind.
This is getting to be a habit; yomp ????

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Post by brian f » Mon Mar 30, 2020 10:48 am

I don't come out with much slang JD. Surprised you have never heard of (Yomp) to be honest :wink:


Yomp is Royal Marines slang describing a long-distance loaded march carrying full kit. The origin of the word is unclear. It was popularized by journalistic coverage in 1982 during the Falklands War.

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Post by John Donnelly » Mon Mar 30, 2020 5:45 pm

Thanks Brian.
I've led a very sheltered life. JD.

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Post by brian f » Mon Mar 30, 2020 7:13 pm

More than welcome John. We are all living a sheltered life at the moment.

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From the Archives of the Ardrossan & Saltcoats Herald published on the 18 April 2007

100 YEARS AGO Friday April 19, 1907
ARDROSSAN has 37 licensed carriage drivers and the same number of licensed carriages.

A SALTCOATS man was charged with street betting at Ardrossan court on Monday. This was the first case in the district under the Street Betting Act of 1906 and after a trial the charge was found not proven.

A PETITION signed by 200 objectors to the proposed bathing pond at Saltcoats and has been lodged with the Town Council.

AT a meeting last Thursday the members of Saltcoats Masonic Lodge agreed to obtain the site at the rear of Mr James Campbell's new property in Vernon Street for the erection of a new temple.

AT the annual cattle show of Kilwinning and Stevenston Farmers' Society held at Oxenward, Kilwinning cup winners were James Chalmers, Outerardoch, William Foster, Hugh Monkcastle, James Wyllie, Mayfield and David Reid, Benthead.

DEPUTATIONS from Saltcoats and Stevenson met with the directors on the G&SW Railway at Glasgow on Tuesday and asked for the re-instatement of Messrs Brown and Glen, late stationmasters at Saltcoats and Stevenston, dismissed as a result of the accident last August.

THE engineers and blacksmiths in Ardrossan shipbuilding yard are working on short time, 10am being the daily hour of starting at present.

THE miners of Stevenston are holding a ballot to decide whether they will strike, following on the dismissal of several of the firemen at the pits, owing to their being connected with the Trades Union.

50 YEARS AGO Friday April 19, 1957
THE shipwrights and apprentice shipwrights who had been on unofficial strike at Ardrossan Dockyard Lid for nearly eight weeks over a wage and piecework dispute returned to work on Wednesday morning, They accepted the firm's offer of a minimum rate of pay and an extension of piecework. As a result of the strike 147 men employed in other trades in the yard were dismissed, the biggest pay off - in involved 100 men taking place on Friday of last week. Most of the men have now resumed work.

The yard manager, Mr L McDonald told a Herald reporter that a settlement of the strike was effected on Tuesday.
A MEETING was held to raise necessary funds towards lighting Saltcoats during the winter months. The original Ethiopian Serenaders visited Ardrossan and Saltcoats. They gave a forenoon concert for the nobility and gentry residing in Ardrossan.

THE news of the victory of the Allied Forces over the Russians and the capture of Sebastopol was celebrated in West Kilbride by bonfires in the centre of the village and illumination

IF the weather is suitable on Sunday, the Saltcoats motor boat will make a start for the season the Saltcoats Motor Boat will make a start for the season of taking the Sunday newspapers to Arran.

THE committee of Corsehill Community Centre express their thanks to Mrs Dolan and the players of St Winnings, who gave such a fine performance in the Centre on Friday last. A late night dance followed to the music of Hannah and his All Star Band.

ON Tuesday afternoon a smart looking admiral's barge sailed into Ardrossan Harbour, where it was lifted out of the water by crane, then washed and placed on a motor lorry. After waiting at the harbour entrance for a time it started on its journey to England.
This cabin cruiser, or barge, was built at the Fairlie Yacht Slip Ltd, and it was a lovely job. The Fairlie firm have built eight barges of this type.

25 YEARS AGO Friday April 16, 1982
THE fly-by-night lumberjacks of Kerelaw Castle may have chopped their last tree down... for Cunninghame District Council are determined to stop them from destroying the wooded glen

During the past few months historians, councillors and the general public have protested against the vandalism and their outcry has led to priority measures being taken by the council. Dozens of trees are have been chopped down in the grounds of Kerelaw Castle in Stevenston and have been sawn into logs for selling as firewood. There are claims that it has become a small business and that vans have been seen being loaded up with the wood. The trees can be as old as 60 years and the scenic Kerelaw Glen is fast becoming desolate of trees.

Although residents nearby the castle are extremely concerned about the illegal lumberjacking there is little they can do to stop it as the Glen is hidden from view by a very high brick wall which surrounds the castle grounds. Under cover the wall the fly-by-night lumberjacks chop down the trees and saw them into logs for door-by-door sales. Police have kept a close eye on the grounds but a 24-hour guard is near impossible.

The council wanted to lower the wall surrounding the castle which would put the Glen and castle grounds in full view of the surrounding houses but the council purse is empty and there is unlikely to be any money available for the project until at least next year. They are now applying for grants from various bodies in an attempt to stamp out the tree thieves.

UNION members at Ayrshire hospitals staged a one-hour walkout on Wednesday in protest at the Government's latest pay offer. The TUC health service unions told ???? to stop work between 2.30pm and 3.30pm and ??? meetings to discuss the next stage of the pay campaign. Unions involved were the Transport and General Workers Union, the National Local Government officers and the National Union of Public Employees.

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Re: Looking Back - Herald files

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THE fly-by-night lumberjacks of Kerelaw Castle may have chopped their last tree down... for Cunninghame District Council are determined to stop them from destroying the wooded glen


We learn, Hughie.

fly-by-night (n.)
1796, slang, said by Grose to be an old term of reproach to a woman signifying that she was a witch; used from 1823 in reference to anyone who departs hastily from a recent activity, especially while owing money. The different senses involve the two verbs fly.

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From the Archives of the Ardrossan & Saltcoats Herald published on the 25 April 2007
100 YEARS AGO Friday April 26, 1907
THE stationmasters at Saltcoats and Stevenston who were dismissed after the accident at Saltcoats last August have been reinstated in the service, as a result of representation made to the Railway Company by local gentlemen

ON Sabbath last at the forenoon service in the North Parish Church, Saltcoats, the dedication took place of the new Communion plate and the new vestry. obtained through gifts from two members of the church, Mr AJ Ritchie, Annavilla and Mr William Edgar, Netherby.

AT the annual meeting of the Ardrossan, Saltcoats and Stevenston Choral Society, office bearers appointed were: - President, Mr James Stewart: secretary, Mr James Laurie; treasurer, Mr Dugald McC Miller; librarians, Messrs W McGeachie and AB Rine; conductor, Mr WB Burgoyne and accompanist, Mr JB Lawson

MR O'GRADY, MP asked the Secretary of State for Scotland, in the House of Commons, whether he was aware that Beith Academy ha been deprived of its status as an intermediary and secondary school, owing to the report of the Chief Inspector for the Western Division of Scotland. The Secretary of State replied that Beich Academy had not been deprived of any status.

THE employees of Stevenston Co-operative Society on Tuesday presented a handsome gold albert and appendage to Mr Peter Reid on the occasion of his completing 21 years in the service of the Society.

THE office-bearers of Saltcoats EU Church signed, in the name of the congregation, a petition prepared by the minister, Mr Greenhill, to be sent to the local MP in favour of the Liquor Traffic Local Options Bill now before Parliament.

MR JOSEPH Kirkwood, Ardrossan, has passed a splendid examination for First Mate at his first attempt.

50 YEARS AGO Friday April 26, 1957
THE beach at Whiting Bay had an unexpected and unwanted visitor on Tuesday in the form of an object thought to be an unexpected bomb, which was washed in with the tide, and was found wedged among rocks. It was spotted by a local man who was out for a walk along the beach. The Police were informed, and attempts were made to attach a marker buoy to the "homb" which could only be seen at low tide. A disposal unit from South Queensferry were on their way the following moming to deal with it, and an Camination found that the object was in fact a harmless looking dummy depth charge.

ABOUT 12.05mm on Sunday, a private car being driven in Glasgow Street, Ardrossan, collided with the traffic Island which is situated opposite Castlecraigs. The car was extensively damaged and the traffic island was almost wrecked. Part of its base was reduced to rubble and the lamp smashed and dislodged. The driver of the car was unhurt.

THE Kilwinning Troop's four Queens Scouts travel to Windsor this weekend to attend the National Service for Queen's Scouts in St George's Chapel. The parade, with Her Majesty the Queen, taking the salate, will be televised on Sunday afternoon.

AN accident occurred about 12.40pm last Thursday, on the Kilwinning-Dalry Road, near Smithston Bridge, involving a motor lory and a private motor car. No one was injured but both vehicles sustained damage.

AILSA Shipbuilding Co Ltd, Troon are to build for Uskport Steamship Co Ltd, of Newport, Monmoutshire, a single-screw steam-driven vessel of 4650 tons deadweight for delivery in 1959.

OWING to lack of support Lamlash Improvements Committee have decided to resign at the end of the year.

25 YEARS AGO Friday April 23, 1982
THE massive 1,000 workforce of Ayrshire Marine Constructors Ltd has been put on 90 days redundancy notice. Unless a new order can be won for the yard at Hunterston within that time jobs will go. The huge £50m rig being built at present at the yard is near completion and now the trade unions and the AMC management are working around the clock to secure more work
It is a desperate race against time. The 90 days redundancy warning came on Friday, April 16 and as each day passed the threat of Ayrshire losing one of its largest workforces grows stronger. But there is an air of optimism at the yard. Despite management problems in the past during the last 18 months relations have been excellent and the work record superb.

Yard joint union convener Mr Harry Docherty said he was sure the track record at the yard would do a great deal toward attracting new orders.
Mr John Corrie, MP for Bute and North Ayrshire, is working hard behind the scenes to secure more work. He said from the House of Commons on Wednesday: "I have been in very close contact with the ministers for energy and they are pushing as hard as they can to persuade companies to award contracts to AMC. "The recent work record at the yard will go a great deal toward attracting new orders."

PLANNING permission has been given to a new £? million shopping development in Saltcoats and this week work began to build it. It will create an indoor shopping centre housing 20 shop units in Hamilton Street opposite Presto supermarket. It has immediately boosted confidence in the town and created 40 building trade jobs.
Behind the ambitious project is West Kilbride businessman Mr Geo Benedetti, who heads the highly successful West of Scotland Industrial Clothing Services company in Kilwinning. In a time of recession such an investment is a big gamble but Mr Benedetti is confident the centre will be a great success when it opens in September. It will be an indoor, heated and well-finished arcade-type shopping centre with between 10 and 15 shops on either side of it. Above will be three office suites.

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From the Archives of the Ardrossan & Saltcoats Herald published on the May 2, 2007

100 YEARS AGO Friday April 26, 1907
THE stationmasters at Saltcoats and Stevenston who were dismissed after the accident at Saltcoats last August are being reinstated in the service as a result of representations made to the Railway Company by local gentlemen.

The office-bearers of Saltcoats EUC Church signed, in the name of the congregation, a petition prepared by the Minister, Mr Greenhill, to be sent to the local MP in favour of the Liquor Traffic Local Option Bill now before Parliament

Mr Joseph Kirkwood, Ardrossan, has passed a splendid examination for first mate at his first attempt.

At the annual social of the Saltcoats Juvenile Tent, Independent Order of Rechabites, Bro James Fulton presiding, three of the Juveniles, Sisters Strachan and Little and Bro Little, were presented with legion of honour certificates for bringing in 12 new members each during the year.

On Sabbath last at the forenoon service at the North Parish Church, Saltcoats the dedication took place of the new Communion plate and the new Vestry. obtained through gifts from two members of the church, Mr AJ Ritchie, Annavilla, and Mr William Edgar, Netherby.

50 YEARS AGO Friday April 26, 1957
LAST Saturday evening while walking along the high Road to Stevenston our reporter noticed that a bus shelter at the Saltcoats housing scheme is in a bad state of repair. Of the thirty small panes of glass, only twelve remained intact. The seven large panes had been destroyed. In its present state the shelter is an eyesore

Miss Ruby Soden of 9 Mayfield Road has been chosen by her fellow pupils as Saltcoats Queen of the Sea.

A few Ardrossan dockers bought a fair-sized motor-boat during the winter and had it out of the water during those months. During that time they had many alterations and improvements made and the boat is now of the cabin cruiser variety and looks very well

Last Sunday the Saltcoats motor boat made her first Crossing of the season with the Sunday newspapers to the Isle of Arran and the five passengers experienced a very choppy crossing

Monday was a Glasgow holiday, and at Saltcoats they left behind money, a brooch and a cigarette case with a lighter and key. They were found and handed in at the police station

On Monday an Army or Navy shell was found in the burn at Glenfoot, Ardrossan. The Admiralty authorities at Beith have been informed.

At about 12.50am on Sunday a private car being driven in Glasgow Street, Ardrossan collided with the traffic island which is situated outside Castlecraigs. The car was badly damaged and the traffic island almost destroyed. Part of its base was reduced to rubble and the lump smashed and dislodged. The driver of the car was unhurt.

Our comment on a piece from over a hundred years ago in The Herald about a The Ragged School has caused a man and his wife to ask for an explanation certain schools were known as Ragged Schools up until the passing of the Education Act of 1872, then they came under the school Board.

A glance at The Herald of 100 years ago reveals that a 4lb loaf cost 9d.

25 YEARS AGO Friday April 30, 1982
KILWINNING has Denmark on a "hiding to nothing when it comes to locating a new leather furniture manufacturing company. For a new company is coming to the town and shutting its factory in Denmark because of the incentives offered to set up in the unemployment blackspot of north Ayrshire.. The Schneidert family say they were also attracted to the area by the beautiful Ayrshire coastline.

West Kilbride-born lan Stafford is a lone Scot on board the Canberra preparing for the possible invasion of the Falkland Islands At the age of 23 the Argyll and Sutherland Highlander is second in command of a company of Marines which will be part of the advance party should an invasion be ordered.

Twenty-five striking dockers at Hunterston's British Steel Corporation Ore Terminal returned to work on Thursday after seven days on die picket lines. And so ended the dispute which threatened to escalate into a national dispute threatening production at many BSC plants and other ports around the country.

Ardrossan Academy pupil Allyson MacPherson was selected as West Kilbride Gala Queen for 1982 Fifteen-year-old Allyson's attendants are Mhairi Hodge and Sonya Khosla.

The congregation of Kilwinning's Mansfield Church have asked permission of Ardrossan Presbytery to sell their minister's manse. The reason given is that the Rev Sonald Stitt's life is being made very uncomfortable by constant troubles by gangs and from young folk courting outside the manse in Almswall Road and inside the manse grounds. They say they want to sell the manse in the interests of Mr Stitt and his family But the big problem is the cost to the Church.

The manse is a recently-built luxury bungalow and if it were sold in the near future the value of the property would be very much reduced by all the recent publicity which highlights the problem of living in the house. A huge disco complex is also due to operate across the road from the manse which will further devalue the property Ardrossan Presbytery's business committee have been instructed to investigate the whole problem and make a recommendation as to what to do.

Rumours that oil or gas could be drilled for off the coast of Arran were rekindled this week when Central Ayrshire MP David Lambie revealed that Ardrossan Harbour could be for a possible base for the new industry, Speaking in the house of Commons on the Finance Bill he said that Cunninghame District Council's industry committee had tried to buy land at Ardrossan harbour to develop it as an industrial site.

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Post by glenshena » Tue Apr 21, 2020 9:23 am

Looking back to 1982 on Tom McGrattans original insertion, I read that there was to be a new shopping centre in Hamilton Street opposite Prestos housing 20 new indoor shops all fully heated and giving work to 40 construction companies. I don't recall ever seeing this shopping centre, all I remember is the bowling alley which is still there today. Would anyone know if Mr. Benedetti change his mind and opted for Windmill street indoor market instead of Hamilton Street?

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Post by bonzo » Tue Apr 21, 2020 9:36 am

It was definitely full of wee shops originally there was a great wee record shop and a place where we all used to go to get piercings.
Those wimin were in the nip.

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Post by meekan » Tue Apr 21, 2020 11:27 am

It was originally a shopping arcade with various shops inside it. Each shop had there own glass frontage. I think it was probably just too far away from the main shopping hub and closed.

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