In This Year

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MAY 1970

Labour made a clean sweep in Ardrossan and Kilwinning in the vmunicipal elections. Labour candidates also had convincing majorities in Saltcoats and in Stevenston.

Mr Joseph McManus was unanimously appointed Provost of Ardrossan.

Production in the detonator department at Ardeer Factory was held up because of an unofficial strike by 500 young women dissatisfied with wages increase.

Mr Robert Lambie, Saltcoats, received a presentation for 60 years service to the trade union movement.

JUNE 1970

Ardchoille Park bought by Stevenston Town Council.

The " Caledonia " made its maiden run to Arran.

Saltcoats Town Council Dean of Guild, Mr Alex Robb, resigned.

The former harbourmaster's house at Saltcoats Harbour became a museum.

Ardrossan Round Table held a " Donkey Derby " at Laighdykes.

Kerelaw Approved School, Stevenston, opened by Viscount Muirshiel.

Mr David Lambie, Saltcoats, was elected MP for Central Ayrshire and Sir Fitzroy Maclean returned for Bute and North Ayrshire at the general election.



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JULY 1970

County council rates went up by 1/10d in the £.

The Rev John Kyle was inducted to Saltcoats EU Congregational Church.

Mr Eric Russell was co-opted to Saltcoats Town Council.

A native of Beith, Mr Will Mearns, was appointed Ayrshire's first Reporter of Children's Panels by Ayr County Council.

There was a record entry for the annual gymkhana horse show on Arran.

AUGUST 1970

Mr R P Gray, Ardrossan head postmaster, retired, and Mr Henry Campbell from Campbeltown took over as Ardrossan postmaster.

Kilwinning Town Council treasurer, Mr James Kerr, died suddenly at his home.

Seventy-three sheep were killed when a truck on the Ardrossan-Arran car ferry toppled over.

Attempts were made twice in 24 hours to set two churches in Stevenston and Ardrossan on fire. [/i ]

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SEPTEMBER 1970

Saltcoats angler Mr Robin McPherson broke the world common skate record , catching a 226 1/2 lb monster.

Bailie Edward Norwood was elected treasurer of Kilwinning Town Council.

Two men died on the West Kilbride- Dalry road on the way to work when their car and a bus collided.

Rates rise of 3/6d in the £ at Saltcoats Town Council budget meeting.

Ardrossan rates rose 2/- in the £.

Saltcoats Scouts opened a new Scout hut at Lamlash.

OCTOBER 1970

The Secretary of State gave approval to plans for a comprehensive development area in Ardrossan, to cost £1,429,000.

The Rev Stanley Carr, Largs, was installed as moderator of the Presbytery of Ardrossan.

Stevenston rates rose by 2/9d in the £.

A new church hall costing £30,000 was formally opened at St Cuthbert South Beach Church, Saltcoats.

A new fire station was opened on the Stevenston-Kilwinning road.


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NOVEMBER 1970

Ardrossan Town Council decided not to contribute to the swimming pool to be built by Saltcoats and Stevenston councils at Auchenharvie.

Councillor Hamish Fraser's plea for a public inquiry into the rents situation in Saltcoats was rejected by the town council.

MP for Central Ayrshire, Mr David Lambie, and Ayr County Council hit out at the Secretary of State's delay in reaching a decision on the Hunterston development.

A crowd of thousands attended the bonfire and fireworks display held by Ardrossan Round Table.

Saltcoats Sea Angling Association refuted claims that the White Horse competition rules were " bent " after the winners of the competition were announced.

Merger between Irvine and KIlwinning Co-ops cancelled.

Bread strike hit local shops.

DECEMBER 1970

Modified approval given by the Secretary of State for the Hunterston-Portencross development - go-ahead for a deep-water port and steelworks given but oil refinery decision delayed.

Stevenston Town Council had heated discussion on the controversial allocation of a council house to councillor's son.

Electrical blackouts - Ardrossan largely unaffected while Stevenston, Saltcoats and Kilwinning stumbled in the dark.

Long queues at bakers' shops and many people baked their own bread, as the strike of bread delivery vanmen continued.


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1971 IN RETROSPECT

JANUARY 1971

The Clyde Port Authority announced a ten-year plan to improve Ardrossan Harbour which included filling in the old harbour and dry-dock.

Several local appeals were launched to raise money for the Ibrox Disaster Fund , which happened on Saturday January 2nd.

Vandals seemed to be unaffected by the goodwill holiday spirit over the Ne'erday weekend. They ran amok in Stevenston High School and caused over £500 worth of damage.

The Arran car ferry, mv Caledonia, came under fire again from Arran District Council who were worried about the " worsening situation regarding the steamer service to Arran " .

Saltcoats Town Council discussed a circular from the Secretary of State giving council tenants the chance to buy their houses. On a finance committee recommendation the council decided not to offer houses for sale.

Post Office workers went on strike on January 19.

Parents of Ardrossan St Peter's Primary schoolchildren formed an association to campaign for a new school and for renovation of the present St Peter's School buildings.

The Caledonian Steam Packet Company issued a statement saying that the only practical method of improving the ferry service to Arran would be to build a new berth for the mv Caledonia at Fairlie - at a cost of £250,000.

FEBRUARY 1971

Unsubsidised ratepayers in Saltcoats joined forces with the local SSHA Tenants' Association to protest to the Secretary of State for Scotland about the town council's low rent policy. The town council reviewed the rent situation, but decided to leave them unchanged.

February saw the change over from LSD to decimal coinage. At the time there seemed to be a lot of uncertainty and opposition to the new system.

Captain Ian Campbell. the 68-year-old Ardrossan man who sailed to the Bahamas with his wife's uncle, Mr Robert Munro, of Aberdeen, in the yacht " Pajova " , arrived back in Ardrossan. Captain Campbell flew home four days after arriving in the Bahamas.


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MARCH 1971

The Rev Jean Thomson of Ardrossan EU Congregational Church celebrated her semi-jubilee in the ministry.

ICI, the largest employers in the district, announced that the two divisions working at Ardeer would disappear in a rearrangement of managerial control.

St Peter's Primary School, Ardrossan, Parents' Association were asked to choose whether they wanted a " split " or " unified " school after being told that there was no chance of an RC primary school being built in the next four or five years. The parents unanimously agreed that a " unified " school was preferable.

Residents of Ardrossan, Fairlie and West Kilbride gathered in Ardrossan for a debate on the pros and cons of developing Hunterston. Many of the residents were in favour of a steel complex, and an equal number were against.

APRIL 1971

Ayr County Council invited the British Steel Corporation to build an integral steelworks at Hunterston to enable them to meet the long-term growth in the demand for steel products.

The Secretary of State expressed concern that Saltcoats Town Council had decided to make no change in municipal house rents, and said that the decision suggested that the council did not have a proper appreciation of the situation and had failed to consider the interests of the community generally.

Mr A J Seggie, principal teacher of technical subjects at Ardrossan Academy retired after 38 years without a day's illness.

District clerk, Mr Andrew Bryson retired after 28 years at Saltcoats and Mr William Swan was appointed as his successor.

A new hotel in Ardrossan, the High Tide, was opened by Provost J McManus.

Captain Ian Campbell was honoured by Ardrossan Town Council.

Arran District Council agreed that Ardrossan Harbour was the best terminal for the ferry Caledonia.


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