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Re: Looking Back - Herald files

Posted: Wed Dec 30, 2020 10:27 am
by Hughie
From the Archives of the Ardrossan & Saltcoats Herald published on January 2, 2003

100 YEARS AGO on January 2, 1903
SUBSCRIPTIONS this season to the Saltcoats Police-aided scheme for clothing poor children total £13 18s. Police Inspector J Findlay is honorary secretary

ARDROSSAN EU Congregational Church have re-elected Mr Vickers, president: Mr Thomas Wilson, secretary; and Mr Campbell, treasurer. Additional managers appointed were Messrs Flinn, Gallacher, Carr and Galbraith and additional deacons Messrs Ramsay, Cameron, Milne and Alexander.

ROB ROY was produced on two evenings last week by the Ardrossan and Saltcoats Musical and Dramatic Society. Mr Jacobs was Rob Roy and the cast included Messrs John Anderson, Thomas Buchanan, Henry Magee, Sam Noble, Charles Magee, Carruthers, John Bain, WG Smith, John Deacon, Thomas G Anderson, William McMurtrie, John H Kerr. Masters Fred Morrison, Archibald McPherson and Alf McPherson, Misses Kate Brady, Jessie Becket. Peggy Ramage, S Dunkeld and S Quinn.

MR PETER MURCHIE (son of the late Captain Murchie) of Whitefarland, Arran, who sailed for many years as captain of Burns's steamer, Buzzard, on the daylight service to Belfast, has passed his examination for the certificate of first mate in the foreign merchant service.

SIR JAMES and Lady Bell of Montgreenan provided a grand Christmas treat for the children on the estate and others in the hall at the mains.

50 YEARS AGO on January 2, 1953
AN UNFORTUNATE accident occurred at Valefield last Saturday when James Brown, right-half of Kilbirnie Ladeside, suffered a fracture of the right leg, Jimmy was a member of the Ladeside Scottish Cup-winning team and has made himself a favourite of the supporters. He is in the Alexandra Infirmary. Paisley, but hopes to be back in training before the end of the season.

ON WEDNESDAY forenoon, an Ardrossan Dockyard employee, an acetylene burner, was taken to Kilmarnock Infirmary with a fractured leg. It seems a canister containing carbide caused an explosion from which the man was injured.

SPRINGVALE Nursery School held their annual Christmas party on the morning of Christmas Eve. It was gratifying to realise that there were very few children absent and that so many parents were able to attend. The nursery school staff and the committee of the Parents Club are to be congratulated on their efforts to make the occasion the success it was.

25 YEARS AGO on January 6, 1978
SKATEBOARDING could turn into a killer craze - because kids are dicing with death on the roads. And now suggestions for providing safe skateboarding centres are to be put to Cunninghame District Council by a leisure chief. Tenants in the Chapelhill Mount. Burns Terrace and Alloway Place area of Ardrossin have complained to the police about youngsters playing on the hills outside their homes. One youngster broke his leg in November when he lost control of his skateboard and skidded into a car. After Christmas more and more youngsters have been playing in the streets with their skateboards.
Last week another young boy came off his board at the foot of Burns Terrace and lay on the road for several minutes before being helped by people in nearby Alloway Place. Mr David Webster, Leisure Director, said he would now be putting forward "one or two suggestions" about the problem to next week's Leisure Committee meeting.

THE OIL rig Zephyr presently laid up in Lamlash Bay came to the rescue of a storm hit fishing boat late last Friday morning. Campbeltown vessel Prospect called Ardrossan Coastguards for assistance after breaking from her moorings in the bay. Troon Lifeboat was summoned but before it reached the scene Zephyr's lifeboat was launched and Prospect was later reported secure alongside the rig. The five adults and one child on board the fishing boat were uninjured.

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Re: Looking Back - Herald files

Posted: Wed Jan 06, 2021 7:03 am
by Hughie
From the Archives of the Ardrossan & Saltcoats Herald published on January 8, 2003

100 YEARS AGO on January 9, 1903
THE New Year was welcomed in at Saltcoats in fine weather and with much enthusiasm.

On New Year's Day grocers and shop keepers closed at 2pm and the public houses at 5pm.

MR PETER KERR, Sunday School Superintendent, St John's UF Church, Ardrossan, was presented with a marble timepiece by the officer bearers, teachers and friends on the occasion of his marriage.

AT DALRY there was a large crowd at the Cross to greet the New Year and the Instrumental Band gave selections.

J NELSON, Kilwinning. was fourth in the final of the Powderhall handicap foot race on

50 YEARS AGO on January 9, 1953
CONGRATULATIONS to Flight Lieutenant James G Brodie, stationed with the RAF in England who has recently been awarded the Air Force Cross. He joined the RAF on leaving school in 1941. After passing through, he was on Coastal Command and then was on North Sea and African operations.

NICOL'S BAR staff and customers raised £10 which they donated equally between the Ardrossan Pensioners' Club and the Ardrossan Old People's Welfare Committee. Baillie John Armstrong was nominated to hand over the donations.

HANDED into Saltcoats Police as having been found were a string of pearls and a silver bangle.

ON New Year's Day a man was attacked with a broken tumbler in Ardrossan. He required 30 stiches inserted into his face.

ON Hogmanay every year many local people listen to the engines' whistles and the ships at the harbour sounding their sirens. But on Hogmanay last week we heard engines whistling four minutes before midnight, then there was silence before the 12th hour.

When the wireless gave us the midnight hour, there were no whistles; then some minutes later the engines and ships tries to uphold the tradition but it was far short of the old days welcome.

A FOREIGN seaman who happened to spend the night in Ardrossan Police Station and who could speak no English, said the next morning to the officer in charge that he had had a good bed and thought the cell very comfortable. He stated that abroad, one did not get the same comfort.

AT THE Burgh Court in Stevenston on Monday a local man forfeited £I bail on a charge of being drunk and incapable.

THE MEMBERS of the Saltcoats Branch of the Co-op's Women's Guild held their Christmas Social in the Masonic Hall, Bradshaw Street. There were present over a hundred members and delegates and the president Mrs Mulgrew gave them a cordial welcome and wished them all the best in the years ahead.

THE DAWN of 1953 was not heralded with great rejoicings - public at any rate - by the citizens of Beith. The weather was dry and cold and first-footing throughout the town was very quiet. The bells of the High Church pealed out the old year and rang in the new year.

25 YEARS AGO on January 13, 1978
TENANTS in Ardrossan's Montgomerie Street have been plagued by white dust being blown into their homes from a ship in the nearby harbour. One tenant, who declined to be named, said that the sand had made his house a "terrible mess". His wife had to spend hours tidying up.

Mr Thomas Howie, Cunninghame's Environmental Health Director, confirmed that the tenants of Montgomerie Street had approached his local officer, They visited the harbour to try to solve the problems caused by unloading industrial white sand, which had arrived from Norway.

THE PUBLICATION on Wednesday of a Commons Select Committee's antidote to the British Steel Corporation's cancerous decline - the phasing out of old plants, cutbacks in new projects and voluntary redundancies - could sound the death knell for Hunterston and Glengarnock. At Hunterston, union chiefs and MPs fear that plans for an electric arc furnace could be axed. This could lead to the two direct reduction plants under construction on the peninsula being put into cold storage. There is little cheer for the 1000 steelworkers whose hopes rest with plans for the furnace.

TESCO, the supermarket giants, may be moving into Saltcoats. But their store won't be in the town centre - they are more interested in building on the High Road, next to the Esso garage. Some time ago McNight Motors Ltd built a car showroom, workshops and offices at High Road but they never moved into the building. A serious structural crack has appeared in corner of the badly-vandalised showroom but Tesco say they will demolish the affected area and carry out an investigation into the cause and rebuild

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Re: Looking Back - Herald files

Posted: Wed Jan 13, 2021 9:42 am
by Hughie
From the Archives of the Ardrossan & Saltcoats Herald published on January 16, 2003

100 YEARS AGO on January 16, 1903
AT SALTCOATS Town Council's meeting complaints were made of the prevalence of gambling in the town. Mr Ross said he didn't believe there was a town of the same population wherein gambling took place more than in Saltcoats. It was agreed to suggest to the County Council that two officers be appointed to cope with betting in the county.

MR JOHN MILLER at Saltcoats Literary Society meeting gave an essay on Characters of Dickens.

MR WILLIAM FULLARTON, for some time booking clerk at the G&S W Railway Station, Ardrossan, has been presented with a gold lever watch and silver cigarette case.

MR THOMAS TAYLOR, formerly of the A&S Herald staff, has been appointed to the Molteno News, a weekly paper published in South Africa.

SO SEVERE has been the frost in the Dalry area that the postman in the Largs Road district was unable to continue his journey after reaching Camphill Farm.

50 YEARS AGO on January 16, 1953
A DOUBLE wedding, in which a twin son was one of the bridegrooms and his twin sister one of the brides, took place at Ardeer Church, Stevenston, on December 27, 1952. Mr Andrew Montgomery, twin son of the late John and Mrs A Montgomery, 59 McGregor Avenue, Stevenston, was married to Miss Catherine Beck, only daughter of Mr and Mrs James Beck, 43 Donaldson Avenue, Stevenston. The groom was attended by his nephew, Mr James Howie and the bride by her cousin, Miss Agnes Beck. The other bridegroom was Mr Francis Kilpatrick, youngest son of Mr and Mrs J Kilpatrick, 38 Hayocks Road, Stevenston, and the bride Miss Janet Montgomery, twin daughter of the late John and Mrs A Montgomery, 59 McGregor Avenue, Stevenston. Mr Marshall Brown, nephew of the bride, was groomsman and the bridesmaid was Miss E Potts, niece of the groom. The Rey Samuel White officiated at the ceremony.

THERE has been an epidemic of stone throwing at several housing schemes in Ardrossan, which has resulted in many windows being broken. The police are investigating so parents should issue a warning to their children. CONSTABLE John Shearer, who was stationed at West Kilbride, has been transferred to Ardrossan, in place of Constable Neil who was transferred from Ardrossan to Skelmorlie.

ON THURSDAY of last week, between 9am and 9.30am someone went up to the stair window at 23 Winton Street, Ardrossan, and took away the new curtains complete with rod. This is the third occasion on which such a thing has happened in the same street.

LAST Wednesday, about 7pm, a private motor car was in collision with a motor van on the icy surface of Irvine Road. Both vehicles were damaged but no one was injured.

25 YEARS AGO on January 20, 1978
YOUNG fireraisers may have started the spectacular blaze which gutted Galbraith's Ardrossan supermarket on Monday night. Three boys were spotted running away from the Glasgow Street store and Saltcoats Police are treating the case as fire-raising. The blaze started in an unoccupied flat above Galbraith's and quickly spread. Saltcoats Police received an emergency call at 9.19pm and alerted the fire-fighting troops at HMS Gannet in Prestwick. The Army's other fire-fighting squad, based at Kilbirnie, was tackling a blaze in Kilmarnock at the time.

But by the time two units from Ardrossan and one from Irvine North arrived, the fire was raging. Police turned back the troops from HMS Gannet to avoid a possible clash with firemen. Some people were heard complaining about the firemen's reluctance to attend the fire but station officer at Ardrossan, Mr John Lees explained: "We turned out immediately. It was a fairly big blaze close to the fire station and we were ready to roll.
"At the time it was thought that someone was possibly trapped in the supermarket and the boys had no hesitation turning out. Remember that, during the dispute, firemen attended fires where there was risk of life. The criticism in the town is unwarranted. Galbraith's supermarket has been dogged by break-ins in recent months and the fire - which caused several thousands of pounds damage - may be the final nail in the coffin. It remains to be seen if it will re-open. Groceries valued at £100,000 were destroyed and the supermarket itself, which has been extensively modernised since June of last year, was gutted.

DISCO fans in the Kilwinning area will soon be able to dance until lam every Sunday night in the Claremont Hotel. After hearing that the Claremont's management had taken every step to minimise noise, Cunninghame District Licensing Board agreed to extend their Sunday licence for the discos which are at present licensed only until 11pm

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Re: Looking Back - Herald files

Posted: Wed Jan 20, 2021 7:51 am
by Hughie
From the Archives of the Ardrossan & Saltcoats Herald published on January 23, 2003

100 YEARS AGO on January 23, 1903
TEACHERS and scholars of Eglinton School, Ardrossan, presented Miss Agnes Stirrat, ex-pupil teacher with a gold brooch on her leaving Ardrossan for Leith.

THE NEW organ in West Kilbride Parish Church was used on Sunday for the first time in the public worship of the sanctuary.

WILLIE FERNIE, Troon Golf Club professional has been invited by the Earl of Dudley, Lord Lieutenant of Ireland to pay a visit to the Vice Regal Lodge, Dublin, for the purpose of golf from April 8.

MRS CREE, widow of James Cree of Saltcoats, died on Wednesday at the age of 101, at Wallsend-on-Tyne. She was born in Kyleshill, Saltcoats, and was a daughter of Mr Robert McKillop whose smiddy was on part of the site now occupied by the Mission Coast Home. Her husband, James Cree, was a boot and shoemaker, who had a shop in Bradshaw Street and afterwards in Dockhead Street. She went from Hayocks Farm, Stevenston, last year to stay with her son, Mr Peter Cree at Wallsend-on-Tyne.

50 YEARS AGO on January 23, 1953
ON SUNDAY last, following the morning service, the congregation of Landsborough Church took another major step in their long and honoured history when a large attendance of members made a unanimous decision to proceed with the building of new church halls as a memorial to the late The Rev WB Hutton, MA and Mr HM Amott.
This confirmed recommendations of the special sub-committee recently appointed to investigate the practical possibilities of such a step and provided a natural result of the tremendous growth and activity under the leadership of the Rev Alex Stevenson whose induction took place little more than a year ago. After outlining the various steps leading up to the project, Mr Stevenson gave details of a suitable site and the probable total cost. He also explained the committee's view that the major portion of the funds required would be received: (a) by "Family Giving" in the form of a collecting box in each home, to be uplifted monthly, by the Deacon in each district; and (b) by arranging one evening when the minister would receive special donations in the vestry. Thereafter all the organisations will co-ordinate their many efforts to the same end.

ARDROSSAN'S main railway station has been undergoing repairs lately. Many parts which were wood are now cement, and the painters are giving the place a new look.

LAST SATURDAY at the Dalry football match a Muirkirk man sent off a pigeon with the half-time result: Dalry O Muirkirk 3. When a Dalry man later that night went to feed his birds he discovered a stranger among them with that message attached to its leg. He took the paper (containing the half-time result off the pigeon's leg and put another on with the final result, 3-3. No doubt, the owner of the bird will be wondering how his figures were changed.

THE WELL-KNOWN Ardrossan bowler, Mr WD Jones has been chosen by the Scottish Indoor Bowling Association to play in the international matches against England and Wales at Boston, Lincolnshire on March 6 and 7.

25 YEARS AGO on January 27, 1978
ARDROSSAN'S historic burgh chambers in Montgomerie Street are standing under the shadow of the bulldozers. The axe is poised to fall on the building because of subsidence. Test bores are to be taken by Cunninghame District Council before a final decision on its future is taken. To put the property back on its feet - literally - will cost about £43,000. It seems likely that in the circumstances the council will plump for demolition but because of historical and architectural interest the Secretary of State's consent will be needed. This could take up to three months to be finalised.

One suggested use of the building is a dockers' club. The old Ardrossan Dockers Club was demolished as part of the town centre re-development scheme - and the dockers have been "homeless" ever since.
This idea has been torpedoed because the cost of repairs is too high.

MORE than 500 rail travellers in Cunninghame have signed a petition expressing their disgust at the Glasgow-Largs service - and the petition has been going for less than two weeks. It was organised by Mr Bill McBlane, Middleton Drive, Largs. He said this week that the petition was being distributed morning and night to regular travellers on the route and the response indicated that most were "fed up with the poor standards.

The main complaints set out in the petition, which has been sent to British Rail's Scottish General Manager, Leslie Sowane, are persistent breakdowns, late running, poor heating, dirty carriages and failure to inform passengers of cancellations or delays. Mr McBlane is hoping to hold public meetings to discuss the issue

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