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Re: Looking Back - Herald files

Post by Hughie » Thu Oct 08, 2020 8:25 am

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

100 YEARS AGO on October 25, 1907
ON Friday afternoon last, Mr JB Orr, science master at Kyleshill School, was presented with a handsome marble timepiece by the staff, on his leaving to renew studies at Glasgow University.

THIS week Mr William Wylie has introduced to his boot-repairing premises in Dockhead Street, Saltcoats, a new combined finishing machine. It is the only one of its kind in Ayrshire.

AT the Industrial Exhibition held at Edinburgh this week Mrs Albert Beard, Saltcoats, has won first prize for drawn-thread, cocchet and embroidery work.

MR Harry Gaul, Saltcoats Public School, has obtained his BA degree, and is the first teacher in Saltcoats to secure it.

AT the annual meeting of Ardrossan Unionist Club, office-bearers appointed were:-President, Mr JB Chrystie; vice-president, Messrs RM Watt. J Nicol and JR Robertson; secretary, Mr Arthur Craig: solicitor, treasurer, Mr J Stewart, Royal Bank.

MR H Cosh, Garnock House Dalry, has successfully passed his final examination as law agent.

MR JAMES Coats Junior of Ferguslie House, Paisley, has presented to St Palladius RC School Dalry, and St Winning RC School, Kilwinning. each a handsome bookcase with 200 volumes for the use of the scholars.

ON Tuesday evening at a meeting held in St John's Church Hall, Ardrossan, it was resolved to form a branch of the Women's home Mission of the United Free Church, and office bearers appointed were:-President, Miss A Black, secretary, Miss A Smith; committee, Mrs Adamson, Mrs Tannock, Mrs Stitt. Mrs Goodwin, Misses Alison, Connel and N Hogarth.

50 YEARS AGO on October 25, 1957
THIEVES who broke into the booking office of Ardrossan Town Station at the end of last week blew open a safe and also got away with over £100. They also opened parcels which were in the office and stole articles of clothing. The theft took place during Thursday and early on Friday morning, and so quietly did the intruders carry out their job that not even the stationmaster whose house is in the station building, heard anything. To muffle the explosion, the safe-blowers used sacks which they took from the coal yard at the rear of the station.

LAST Saturday Ardrossan Flute Band travelled to Glasgow to compete in the Championship Flute Band contest. As this was the first time they had been in a contest they were placed in the fourth grade. They won the shield for first place, and were also placed first in drumming. The band taught themselves, under the leadership of Mr Herbert Lee and Mr James McKenzie, and the drummers were under the tuition of Mr William McCourt. Their thanks are also due to Mr Tom Smith, the conductor.

DR JAMES Craik, Nobel Division charman made the presentations when more than 80 employees of ICI received in the Concert Hall of Ardeer Recreation Club last Friday awards for 40, 30 and 20 years' service.

ON Tuesday evening the Woman's Guild of Saltcoats EU Church held a successful hostess tea in the Church Hall, which was filled to capacity The Rev Charles Moore opened the proceedings with praise and prayer, and then introduced Mr Hugh Mullen to compare what proved to be a most enjoyable concert. The programme was of high standard and varied character, the following artistes taking part: Miss Jean Lewis, soprano Mrs Frew, contralto; Mr JB Crawford, tenor: Mr T Williams, bass; Miss Duff and Mr William Archibald, plano duets, and Mr Toni Wood, accordionist.

25 YEARS AGO on October 29, 1982
THANKS to a Royal Navy exercise off the North Ayrshire coast, a blazing ferry was saved from being scuppered on Wednesday night. The passenger ferry, St Olaf, sent out an SOS about 5.30pm when its engine room erupted into flames. The 15 crew members fought the blaze while helicopters from HMS Gannet at Prestwick were alerted.

The Royal Navy were, luckily, nearby and a firefighting crew from the warship HMS Yarmouth was airlifted by the rescue helicopters to the blazing ferry. St Olaf, owned by the P and O Line, normally operates on the Orkney service between Scrabster and Stromness, but was sailing four miles south west of Pladda on sea trials following a re-fit when the drama began. As firefighters from HMS Yarmouth were landed on the ferry, all but essential crew were air-lifted to safety.

After two hours below decks, the firefighters put out the blaze and returned to their warship
But moments later a second SOS was transmitted - the ill-fated ferry was on fire again. A Coastguard spokesman explained: "Apparently there were smouldering remains of the first fire behind part of the engine and that is what started the second fire. Some of the crew were landed at Prestwick late on Wednesday night by the Royal Navy, while the remaining crew on board stayed on the ferry for the undignified tow to Girvan Docks, where the ferry will be repaired. The St Olaf was towed out of Ayrshire waters at 8am on Thursday morning.

THE West of Scotland Industrial Clothing factory in Kilwinning is making a clean sweep of success-new contracts are being won, new jobs are being created, and Mr Gio Benedetti, owner, announced this week that more than £100,000 was being invested in new machinery. The machines -- highly sophisticated cleaning units -are due to be installed within a month and will increase the capacity of the factory in West Byrehill Industrial Estate by about 30 per cent. Mr Benedetti said that business was doing so well that in the past two weeks five new jobs have been created at the factory.
He also estimated six more jobs in the coming weeks.

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Re: Looking Back - Herald files

Post by Hughie » Thu Oct 15, 2020 8:33 am

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

100 YEARS AGO on November 1, 1907
AT Glasgow University the Amott Prize in General Physics has been awarded to Mr John Gibson, Saltcoats. Mr Robert Boyd, Saltcoats, has passed his final examination for the degree of BSc.

THE parishioners of St Mary's, Saltcoats, last Monday presented a chalice to the former parish priest Dean Cronin, who has been transferred to Mossend.
MR T.K. Cook, solicitor, has been appointed joint agent of the Union Bank of Scotland, Ardrossan, along with his father, Mr James Cook.

IN his first competition for the Scottish Golf Professional Championship last weekend, the winner was Mr John Hunter, Prestwick.

MISS Margaret Coulthard has been appointed a teacher in the Eglinton District Public School, Kilwinning.

THE annual collection in West Kilbride on behalf of the Glasgow Western Infirmary this year amounts to £26 and has been remitted to the hospital by Mr Dewar Paton.

MEASLES are very prevalent in Kilbirnie and all the schools in the parish have been closed because of the epidemic.

50 YEARS AGO on November 1, 1957
ARDROSSAN Harbour Company have erected a four-faced electric clock at the top of the electric power station. The public will be able to see the clock from many parts of the town. Few towns the size of Ardrossan have as many clocks available for public use the Caledonian Station clock, Harbour clock, Parish Church clock and the clock on top of the old town hall.

FURTHER progress at the North Ayrshire Museum in Saltcoats was made on Monday evening when a lecture room was opened. The guests were Ardeer Church Men's Guild, who were welcomed at the museum by Police Judge Hamilton G. Kerr, The Rev Samuel White thanked the Committee for their hospitality. The members of the Guild were conducted throughout the Museum by ex-Provost W. D. Kerr and Messrs James Armour and Robert Carson, special attention being devoted to Stevenston interest. Thereafter the company adjourned to the lecture room for tea and a short talk by Mr James Armour on the history of Stevenston.

THE Burgh workers are busy repairing pavements and kerbs throughout Stevenston. When the nine houses in course of erection near the Grange Cinema are completed, another section of the building plan will be proceeded with

THE Scottish Cup game at Ardchoille Park tomorrow will greatly increase the traffic at the roundabout as a few thousand will be making their way towards the Hayocks by foot, buses and private cars,

AMONG those who received awards at the annual distribution of diplomas and prizes of test of Scotland Agricultural College, held in the McLellan Galleries, Glasgow on Wednesday were: Bronze Medal-F. G. Whitelaw, Ardrossan; diploma in agriculture-J. B. Archibald, Kilwinning: diploma in dairying (husbandry) -K. G. Neilson, Dalry. The prizes and diplomas were presented by Sir Alexander Fleck, Chairman of Imperial Chemical Industries

THE Parents' Committee of Stevenston Boy Scout Group held a successful whist drive in the Scout Hall last Friday evening. Mr J. Edmonds, Group Scoutmaster, who presided gave a detailed report of events which will be taking place during the new season. This Includes the renovation and painting the interior of their own Scout headquarters. Miss C. Amott, Assistant Cub Mistress, presented the prizes to the winners. Miss Northcote proposed the vote of thanks. The function realised a sum of £12.

25 YEARS AGO on November 5, 1982
AN expanding Stevenston company with three ambitious high technology projects under wraps are quitting the town. Apollo Engineering have patented three microchip based projects which could dramatically Increase the present payroll of 135. But it is a potential jobs bonanza which Stevenson will not enjoy. For Apollo's Managing Director Gabriel Politakis revealed this week that the company are purchasing premises outside the area. He would state only that the 25,000 sq. foot new buildings are "somewhere in Ayrshire. The news is a bitter blow to the Three Towns at a time when Apollo are on the verge of producing a prototype micro-chip based card which could replace the 35 million bank and credit cards in use in Britain. By inserting the electronics into a plastic card, Apollo designers will eliminate the possibility of fraud which costs British banks £20m a year. Mr Politakis would not be drawn on the exact location of the new premises, but he admitted the company tried to find suitable accommodation in Ardrossan. The move from Stevenston Industrial Estate is expected to take place within a month. All the existing staff have agreed to move and will continue with the company.

THE £200m oil platform built at Hunterston sailed out into the open sea amidst fresh hopes of a construction future at the Ayrshire marine yard. The rig's departure leaves the yard with an empty order book, and the once 1,200-strong workforce has dwindled to less than 200. But the fight to keep the yard operational while management take on new work took on a winning look on Wednesday night when Ayrshire MPs David Lambie and John Core, along with representatives from AMC management and trade unions, met senior Government Ministers. They were pleading for help and they got a promise that help would be given. But the best news in the fight to retain an oil platform construction yard in Ayrshire comes at a meeting of the delegation and Mr George Younger, Secretary of State for Scotland. The delegation asked that the rent for the Hunterston site be reduced from the present £143,000 per annum plus six per cent of the total cost of the platform.

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Re: Looking Back - Herald files

Post by Hughie » Wed Oct 21, 2020 8:33 am

From the Archives of the Ardrossan & Saltcoats Herald published on November 7, 2007

100 YEARS AGO on November 8, 1907
SUCCESSFUL candidates returned in the municipal election in Saltcoats were William McGavin, John Christie (retiring members, and H. Wylie Auld. The percentage poll was 47 percent.

THERE was no municipal election in Ardrossan, the three members, Messrs Archibald Crawford, Hugh Finn and Alan Gillan being returned unopposed.

ARDROSSAN United Free Presbytery have appointed a committee to deal with an application by Landsborough Church, Saltcoats, for the provision of a hall.

THE Caledonian Railway Ambulance Competition was won by the Ardrossan team of which the members are: - Peter McCallum, J. McD Frame, G. Clark, A. Clark, and D. A. Frame.

ARDROSSAN School Board have appointed Miss Mary Agnew and Miss Elizabeth Dickle as assistant teachers in Saltcoats School.

PRIZES won in competitions during the year were presented to the following members of the Saltcoats Company Battalion RSF at a smoker in the Drill Hall last Friday: - Col-Sgt A. Armour, Sgts G. Price, A Roy, Lance Corporals R. B. Lockhart, H. McGhee, G. Johnstone, Privates J. Lockhart, A. Forrester, W. Stevely, J. Blair, C. Allan and T. Welsh.

THE result of the municipal election in Kilwinning was: -Robert Howie, 436; John King, 395; William Muir, 376.

THE largest-ever audience gathered in Saltcoats Town Hall heard on Wednesday last Madame Sarah Grand, the distinguished authoress, speak on Mere Man.

A WEST Kilbride note runs: "Can the powers that be do nothing in regard to the poor children going about barefoot and ill-clad this cold weather? Surely in West Kilbride boots and clothing could be provided as is done in other places."

MANY people were at the waterfront on Tuesday
to watch the liner, Mauretania doing her trials in the Firth.

50 YEARS AGO on November 8, 1957
SALTCOATS Town Council took action to prevent any serious damage from bonfires. They had several removed last week by burgh workers, and one by the orders of the police, as they had been set up in confined spaces. Station Officer Mr Watters informs me that the Fire Brigade had not one bonfire call

THE captain of the 3.496-ton German ship Renata Schroder of Bremen, which towed into Ardrossan Harbour on Tuesday morning after her steering broke down during a severe storm in the North Atlantic last week, spoke on Wednesday of how his ship was at the mercy of heavy seas and gales for close on two days.

The vessel was on a voyage from Quebec to Ardrossan with a cargo of Pyritus, and was about 11 days out from the Canadian port and 240 miles from the North Irish coast when she was struck by the storm.

The storm, said the master, Captain K A. Hinrich began between 6 and 7 o'clock on Thursday evening of last week and lasted throughout the following day, causing damage to the superstructure of the ship. Doors, railings and windows were dam aged and the heavy seas swamped the accommodation rooms aft.

Distress signals were sent out from the Renata Schroder on Friday, and about 3am on Sunday, she was reached by the salvage tug Salveda. By then the weather had improved and a line was secured at 7am. She arrived at Ardrossan Harbour about 10 o'clock on Tuesday. For five days, the officers and crew had little sleep and had no dry clothing. Their quarters were so affected by the storm that they had to find accommodation in local hotels when their ship docked.

25 YEARS AGO on November 12, 1982
A SEVERE rap on the knucides for Cunninghame District Council over their handling of the £250,000 improvement plan for Ardrossan's Princes Street could once again place the entire project in jeopardy. The authority has been judged guilty of maladministration for their slow progress which led to a two year delay in repairs being carried out.

The local government Ombudsman has recommended they meet the difference in local costs brought about by inflation during that time. With the latest estimates putting the bill at around £250,000, the extra burden on the district council could run into thousands of pounds. And cash shortages could force them to abandon the whole development.

The Commissioner, Eric Gillett, has come out in support of complaints by one resident of the street that delays in declaring a housing action area and in issuing repairs notices mean she faces a considerably increased repairs bill. After investigating the case, he has reported that the hold-ups were "unjustifiable and could have been avoided. Mr Gillett points out that the department of technical services were asked to prepare a structural survey, considered essential to progress in January 1978 and a year later.

ARDROSSAN will be without a Remembrance Day Parade this year... for the first time in living memory. And but for some hasty last minute arrangements uniformed organisations in the town may not even have attended church services on the day. The big annual parade was shelved by the organisers, Ardrossan Air Training Corps, who claim arrangements were left too late to organise the parade. Since the disbandment of the local Royal British Legion, the parade organisation had been left to the 1st Ardrossan Boys' Brigade Company That was until last year when the local ATC became Interested and the event was organised jointly. But this year the ATC said they wanted to organise the parade themselves but did nothing about it... until it was too late.

For it was only last week - with the parade less than a fortnight away - the ATC contacted the BB company and after discussions, insisted that if they were to go ahead with organisation of the parade, the BB Junior Section would not be allowed to participate in the march.

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Re: Looking Back - Herald files

Post by Hughie » Thu Oct 29, 2020 10:26 am

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

100 YEARS AGO on November 15, 1907
SALTCOATS Town Council have agreed to procure the services of a bacteriologist for the town at an annual cost of £10.

TROON Town Council have applied to the Secretary of State for permission to limit the speed of motor cars passing through the town to 10 miles per hour.

TO accommodate the increased membership of Sunday School and Band of Hope, Erskine Church, Saltcoats, have erected a new hall and it was used for the first time this week.

EX-Baillie James Smith was elected the first Police Judge of the Burgh of Kilwinning at the Town Council meeting this week.

MR ARCHIBALD Kirkland who has been appointed Provost of Irvine is technical Instructor in baldng to Ayr County Council Classes and a loading bakery Journalist.

THE Kilbirnie and Glengarnock new waterworks at the Plan Ground were opened last Saturday by James Alan of Dykes.

ONCE again a Literary Society has been started in Ardrossan; Mr Angus McLean has been appointed chairman and the first meeting was held this week.

AN amateur dramatic performance was given in St Andrew's Church Hall last Saturday, the artistes being Misses Daisy Mordue, ES Rowan, Jean Laurensen, Mary Cook, Kitty Christie, Patty Robb, Messrs F Baillie, J Chesney, RV Crake, WIlliam Turnbull, J Bruce and Robin Adamson

50 YEARS AGO on November 15, 1957
ABOUT 50 employees at the Glasgow headquarters of ICI Ltd, Sauchiehall Street, had to leave their offices on Saturday last, after a telephone call had been received stating that the building was to be blown up. The call, it is understood, was made by a person purporting to be a member of the Scottish Republican Army. The caller stated that there would be an explosion in half an hour.
Crowds gathered in the street as police ordered the building to be cleared. CID officers then carried out a search on all floors but nothing was found.

Four floors of the seven-storey building normally occupied by engineering staff, were not in use on Saturday. The skeleton staff on duty were mostly office girls, who were due to stop work at 11.30am, about 20 minutes after the telephone call was made.

SIX council tenants in Saltcoats who had been threatened with eviction unless they cultivated their gardens, having had proceedings against them withdrawn. It was reported to the Town Council on Monday that the gardens in question are now being cultivated.

MISS Edith MacArthur, the talented Ardrossan actress, is included in the cast which is presenting Major Barbara at the Citizens' Theatre, Glasgow, this week.

THE four-faced cock at the old Caley railway station is a bit of a mess. The face looking towards the harbour has a hole on it that you could put your two fists through. The other three faces have all holes in them.
The windows of the clock tower landing is riddled with stone holes, and the wood work is in a bit of a mess. It is a pity this clock was knocked out of action, for by the appearance of it, old age alone didn't do the damage.

AT Saltcoats, the Remembrance Day Parade and service organised by the local branch of the British Legion was well attended by members of the branch, representatives of the Town Council and local organisations, and was a fitting tribute to those who fell in both World Wars.

25 YEARS AGO on November 19, 1982
GALE force winds throw ferry services between Ardrossan and Arran into chaos on Tuesday and Wednesday,
The ferry crew reported force 10 winds at sea and in their words "the boat was rolling very heavily."
Nearly all sailings were diverted from Ardrossan to Gourock. And while islanders faced difficult crossings householders on the mainland suffered too.

Bins were blown over and rubbish scattered all over housing estates and roof repairers were busy replacing slates from house roots. According to the weather centre in Glasgow the high winds will die down but will probably return again providing a stormy weekend and probably more uncomfortable sea journeys from Gourock to Brodíck.

A REMOTE-controlled and unmanned survey submarine is working off Ardrossan shore in what can only be described as a secret mission for the Ministry of Defence. The sub is operating from The Falkirk, a survey vessel on charter to Sub Sea Services from the Salvesen Off Shore Company at Aberdeen. The sub is normally used to survey pipelines and oil rig platforms but the only hint of what it is being used for in the Ayrshire waters was given by a Mr Allan Mead of Sub Sea Services. He said: "I am not sure how much I can tell you." But he did confirm that the sub was doing work for the Ministry of Defence in conjunction with the Royal Navy. The Falkirk, with sub, is expected to dock into Ardrossan Harbour on Friday when the Herald will be invited on board and attempts will be made to unravel the mystery of the survey ship an sub's mission

BUTE and North Ayrshire MP John Corrie could soon have his name recorded in that famous chronicle - The Guinness Book of Records. For he has notched up a unique 600-1 double in parliamentary history.
Each year 400 names are put into a hat and one pulled out. The name of the back bench MP drawn is allowed to put forward a private members amendment to parliament

Being drawn out of the hat once is quite a stroke of luck and Mr Corrie was delighted to be that man two years ago when he put forward an amendment to the abortion bill. Last year he was not the lucky one but this year again his was the name that was pulled out from the hat. Mr Corrie has not yet decided what purpose he will put his amendment to

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