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Hughie wrote: Sat Mar 18, 2023 2:15 am From the Archives of the Ardrossan & Saltcoats Herald published on July 7, 2010



'Alias Jesse James', showing this weekend at the Kingsway Cinema, Kilwinning, tells the amusing story of an insurance agent's attempts to recover a policy he innocently sold to a notorious outlaw. On Monday and Tuesday, Bernard Bresslaw and Alfie Bass head the cast in 'I Only Arsked', a delightful comedy





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Don't know if the "Kingsway cinema" is mentioned on the Kilwinning thread.I had never heard of a cinema in Kilwinning before.
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From the Archives of the Ardrossan & Saltcoats Herald published on July 14, 2010

150 YEARS AGO on July, 1860
ARDROSSAN and Saltcoats had the best summer letting for years.

Robert Wylie, Stevenston, caught a lobster measuring one foot 11 and a half inches and weighing three lbs 14 ounces in a hole at Long Craigs, Burnfoot, Ardrossan.

Captain Wilson, formerly of the Kerelaw, has been appointed Depute Harbour Master at Ardrossan.

100 YEARS AGO on July 15, 1910
The Rev G McMurray Ross of St Andrew's UF Church, Dalry is leaving the district to take up a new appointment in Canada.

Mr Gilbert Christie, Engineer and Manager with Irvine and District Water Works, has been elected a member of the Association of Water Engineers. The association has its headquarters in London.

In the June Competition for the Jamieson Trophy over Lamlash Golf Course, Alex Fullarton was the winner with 91.

West Kilbride Public Library is still growing. The latest contributions were a number of vol- umes Mr J Steven, Feamlea, and a copy of Jack's Book Of references presented by Mr Linsday Robertson.

The Rev Hugh Alexander, Lamlash United Free Church, has answered a call from North Leith Coburg Street UF Church.

50 YEARS AGO on July 15, 1960
The former Church Of The Nazarene at the foot of Harbour Place, Ardrossan is being converted into a maintenance depot for Anglo-Continental Container Services (Belfast) Limited. The Church, it is interesting to note, was officially opened 100 years ago this month.

Mr Norman E McClain, a 30-year-old American from Detroit who now has his home in Saltcoats, was on Monday night given permission by Saltcoats Town Council to turn the Beach Pavilion into an American-style bowling alley and recreation centre. He hopes to open the premises before Christmas. He had wanted to lease the building for 20 years but this has been restricted to 10 by councillors.

On Wednesday aftemoon the Isle Of Man steamer arrived at Ardrossan with 460 passengers. Today (Friday) five special trains will leave Ardrossan for the Isle of Man. :roll:

Recently a deer was seen near an Ardrossan Farm. Our informant, however, did not know the type of deer or the name of the farm.

Visitor numbers at the North Ayrshire Museum in Saltcoats last week totalled 536, an increase of 205 over the corresponding week of last year.

The person who lifted two parcels from the 1.43pm train from Glasgow to Largs on Monday, July 11, would be well-advised to return them before the matter is put in the hands of the police.

Over 50 shopkeepers in Ardrossan have formed a traders' association, primarily to discuss with the town council a number of mutual problems.

At the Stevenston Burgh Police Court on Monday three men on separate charges of being drunk and incapable, each forfeited bail of £2. A local man on charges of wife assault and two of breach of the peace.

The new paddling pool for the children at Stevenston was officially opened this week.

After the evening service in St John's Church Ardrossan on Sunday, ex-Provost James Begg was presented with a robe. He was Superintendent of the Sunday School for 22 years and for the past 14 years has been Bible Class superintendent.

25 YEARS AGO on July 19, 1985
Stevenston councillor this week launched on an bitter attack on the Government and the district council-over travelling people.
Councillor Sam Gooding representing the Stevenston South ward issued a strong warning that the tourist industry could be at risk if something isn't done about solving the problem of finding a site for the travellers. And he lays the blame squarely at the door of officials of Cunninghame District Council and Government policy. At the root of his complaint are the travelling people encamped at Stevenston Point. While he admitted that some may be what he called 'genuine travelling people he insisted that others are not and are making the area an eyesore.

When Mrs Margaret Sorenson of Smithfield, Utah, USA heard that her neice and god-daughter Sharon McIntyre had been made the Saltcoats Gala Queen for 1985, she literally dropped everything and got back to Scotland. And not without good reason for Margaret Irvine as she then was, was Saltcoats Queen Of The Seaback in 1958.
"I felt really proud of Sharon so we dropped everything and caught the first plane over," Margaret said: "It was great to have another Queen in the family after all this time. Margaret left her home in Kinnier Road and moved to Utah 21 years ago and was married to her American boyfriend a year later.

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I seen that Hughie :lol: :roll:
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How interesting to see that the bowling alley was opened in 1960 by an american from Detroit. I seem to think that it stayed opened longer than ten years but maybe I'm wrong. Twas one of my favorite haunts.
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From the Archives of the Ardrossan & Saltcoats Herald published on July 21, 2010

100 YEARS AGO on July 22, 1910
This week Mr Brown, manager of Ardrossan Co-operative Society Ltd, retires and will be succeeded by Mr James Bird, who has been connected with the Co-operative movement for 27 years,

At the 11th hour general meeting of the shareholders of Saltcoats Gas Light Company, held in the Town Hall, Saltcoats, the retiring directors, Mr Thomas Kirkhope and Mr John Campbell, were re-elected.

A garden party was held on Saturday afternoon under the auspices of Ardrossan EU Congregational Church, to celebrate the 73rd anniversary of the Church. The party was held in the grounds of New Ardrossan Parish Manse, kindly granted for the occasion by the Rev J Kirkland Cameron, and it was a pleasure and successful function.

The Glasgow Fair holidays commenced last Thursday evening. At Ardrossan Harbour the number of people leav- ing by steamer on Friday was estimated at nearly 17,000 and on Saturday about 18,000, while for the week the number is put at between 50,000 and 60,000. Of this total, it is estimated that about 12,000 embarked for Belfast on Friday and Saturday last, about 5,000 for Portrush and 11,000 for the Isle of Man.

50 YEARS AGO on July 22, 1960
Completed in less than 10 weeks from the date when work began, thus meeting the Glasgow Fair deadline, Stevenston's new £4000 paddling pool for children was officially opened on Thursday evening of last week by Provost James Forde who, using a pair of presentation scis- sors, cut a large stretched across one of its two entrances.
Measuring 60ft by 30ft, with a maximum depth of 12ins, the pool, built on layers of concrete and asphalted has been coated with a glue composition which makes it entirely water-tight.
Placed in alcoves in the surrounding brick wall are 10 seats from which parents can watch the youngsters enjoying themselves.
An overflow has been fitted at the deep end of the pool which is fitted with fresh water from the burgh's supply. Near the entrances is a fresh water drinking fountain. And an omamental fountain in terazzo, which has not yet arrived, is to be installed in the centre of the pool.

The seamen's unofficial strike, which ended as far as the West of Scotland was concerned on Tuesday afternoon, ???? Glasgow Fair to a 10-day vacation for hundreds of people going to Ireland and gave shipbuilding companies such as Burns and Lairds Ltd their biggest holiday headache for years.
At Ardrossan in midweek the scene was one of stenuous activity when the passenger service to Belfast was resumed.
The first passenger vessel to bring passengers back from Ireland was the Ïrish Coast"operated by the Burns-Laird Line. in anticipation of a settlement of the strike she left Ardrossan at 9.39am on Tuesday. She has been berthed at the port for almost a week and few folk new in advance that she would sail on Tuesday morning- it was not an official passenger sailing - although a small number of passengers were on board when, with a blast of the siren, she edged her way out of Eglinton Pier.

The fact that malicious damage to locks and furnishings in Saltcoats six public lavatories continued "at a heavy rate" last year, especially during the winter months, is mentioned in his annual report by Mr George Harley, sanitary inspector.

Sir Fitzroy Maclean, Bt, MP for Bute and North Ayrshire, was on a deputation last week to the Secretary of State for Scotland to make representations on the condition of classified roads in Ayrshire.


25 YEARS AGO on July 26, 1985
Never has the phrase "hair today, gone tomorrow" been more relevant than in the case of Stevenston man, Tom McCreadie.
Tom (32), an instrument mechanic at Hunterston Power Station, was "bald" over when he watched the Live Aid programme on television and decided that he wanted to donate something to the cause.
When he returned to work one of his colleagues had started a pledge sheet but most of the employees were giving him the brush off, but Tom stepped in and volun- teered to shave off his beard and moustache and have his hair cropped-if people would donate money.
Soon pledges were flowing in and on Monday Tom showed a lot of bare faced cheek and went through with his promises.
After his beard and shoulder length locks were cut off, Tom admitted feeling "totally in the cold". And with his razor-sharp wit commented: "It makes me feel a bit lighthearted!"
He said that through his efforts he hopes to have raised in the region of £300 but he feels that he could have raised a bit more if he had organised the effort further in advance.
When Tom arrived back home at 1 Hillside Court on Monday night, his wife Parmela was waiting to greet him. She had never seen Tom without long hair so naturally she was in for a bit of a shock.
"Pamela has hardly stopped laughing." Tom said. "But she is getting used to my new look.

Westward offshore Services Ltd are expected to begin work at the former Ayrshire Motor Contractors yard at Hunterston in the middle of September.
Rumours this week suggested that there had been problems obtaining the lease for the yard and that the company's bid to start work on a major new contract in Scotland could fall flat at the 11th hour.
But this was strenuously denied by Mr William Brown, senior contracts manager with the oil rig produc- tion company.
He said: "Negotiations in the oil industry for contracts is a bit more protracted than in other industries. We will be definitely be moving into Hunterston but I can't put my finger on an exact timescale.
"Initially we had planned to set up by the beginning of August but we now expect it to be in the middle of September. But the interest is still there and we intend to create new jobs,"
A wet and windy Glasgow Fair has hit the Three Town's tourist trade during what is normally the tradi- tional holiday fortnight.
Hotel bookings and cafe sales are drastically down on last year's figures with some shopkeepers consider- ing redundancies and many being left with financial headaches.
One Ardrossan cafe owner Pierro Milani, who owns a cafe in Glasgow Street and has ice cream vans on the shore, said that business was down by 300 per cent.

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From the Archives of the Ardrossan & Saltcoats Herald published on July 28, 2010

150 YEARS AGO on July, 1860
THE barque Harlequin, 648 tons register, made the voyage from Liverpool to Montreal and back in 69 days from port to port, including the time employed in discharging and reloading. As she had a full cargo each way this is stated to be the quickest voyage on record. Ritchie Brown, Esq., a native of Stevenston, commanded the barque.

The County Volunteers have given a hearty response to the invitation of Her Majesty and, with the exception of the Ardrossan Corps, every Corps in Ayrshire will be represented at the Review. The Ardrossan Corps would have been represented but they have not yet received from the Goverment either carbines or side arms.

Saltcoats shoemakers came out on strike because some masters are paying their man for the extra work put on fashionable boots and shoes and others are not being paid.

100 YEARS AGO on July 29, 1910
The news of the birth at Kelburn Castle on Sunday of a son and heir to Viscount and Viscountess Kelburn has been "received with the liveliest satisfaction" by villagers.

An inquiry into the Ayrshire (Loch Bradan) Water Distribution Provisional Order, promoted by Ayr County Council under the Private Legislation Procedure (Scotland) Act 1899 and opposed by Prestwick and Auchinleck, opened in the New Justiciary Court, Glasgow on Tuesday.

In appreciation of her work for the Dalry Branch of the YWCA, Mrs McMurray Ross, St Andrew's Manse, who is leaving for Canada, was presented by Miss MK Barr with a pair of Silver candlesticks on Monday evening.

Relief paid to 44 paupers aged 70 and upwards costs Ardrossan parish £10 5/- per week of £533 per annum, equivalent to a rate of 2d per £.
Figures for Stevenston are £6 10/- for 36, for West Kilbride £1 7/- for eight and for Kilbirnie £3 12/- for 16.

50 YEARS AGO on July 29, 1960
On Tuesday the firm of W Fisher & Son started demolishing part of a building at the foot of Townhead, Stevenston. Everything went well until the workmen went into a building nearby and they were attacked without warning by thousands of wasps.
Mr Fisher decided to set fire to the part of the H building where the wasps nested and by the time we arrived on the scene only a few wasps were to be seen.

Mr Nicholson, a native of Stevenston who resided in Kilwinning, went to America by air and, although 80 years of age, the trip did not upset him in any way.

Found and handed in at Ardrossan Police Station - two sums of money including an English pound note torn into several pieces, a gents' cycle, a gents' tweed jacket, a padlock with a yale-type key. a large U-shaped hasp and a tortoiseshell kitten.

25 YEARS AGO on August 2, 1985
Eight people appeared in private on Monday at Kilmarnock Sheriff Court charged with mobbing and rioting at Sandylands Caravan Park last week. Two people were remanded in custody and six others were released on bail. One of the bailed accused is aged 15 years. Four people were taken to Crosshouse Hospital after the incident in the caravan park in the early hours of last Friday morning. The accused will appear again later for trial.

A 46-year-old Englishman holidaying in Arran has been detained in Crosshouse Hospital after a rescue bid went wrong. Anthony Simkins of Woodham, Surrey, was camping on the island when he spotted a young boy stranded on the Lenamore Cliff near Kilmory. But his heroic rescue attempt failed when he lost his footing while lowering himself, slipped and fell 40 feet from the rock face, landing on his back on rocks.
Ambulancemen were called to the scene but Mr Simkins could not be reached and a Sea-King Helicopter from HMS Gannet was called. He was being treated for a back injury as we went to press but his situation is not serious. The unnamed youngster was rescued unharmed.

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From the Archives of the Ardrossan & Saltcoats Herald published on August 4, 2010

150 YEARS AGO on August, 1860
In connection with the Ayrshire V Glasgow bowling match for the Eglinton Silver Jug, the trophy was presented to the Ardeer Iron Works Club by the Earl of Eglinton. Mr Baird, President of the Club, accepted the trophy on behalf of the players.

It is announced that Howe's And Cushing's Circus from the United Status is visiting Ardrossan - 200 men and horses.

John Orr, Esq, Highfield, Dalry, was the guest of a few friends at a dinner at which he was presented with a gold watch and a brooch for his wife in recognition of his services as secretary and treasurer of Dalry Agricultural Society.

The Town Council of Ardrossan have ordered the houses in the Burgh to be numbered and the street names painted, as in the larger towns,

A gooseberry which weighed one ounce was grown in the garden of Mr Borron at Seafield House.

100 YEARS AGO on August 5, 1910
At a special meeting of Kilbimie School Board last Wednesday evening Mr James Smith was appointed to the headmastership of Ladyland School in succession to the late Mr Fulton.

The travelling public will be interested to know that the new Steamer Snaefell, built to the order of the Isle Of Man Steam Packet Company Ltd, commenced her run last Friday from Ardrossan. It is expected that she will now be on this run until the end of the season.

The last of the mixed foursomes at Lamlash Golf Course took place on Saturday afternoon.

50 YEARS AGO on August 5, 1960
Recently a woman was seen smoking a pipe at Ardrossan Harbour She was not in the least concerned about the eyes that were fixed upon her

Ardrossan police have received complaints about football being played on Stanley Road, Dalry Road
and Linn Road.

Two youths who stole a motor scooter from outside a house in Braehead Place, Saltcoats appeared at Kilmarnock Sheriff Court on Saturday. Both admitted two previous convictions The scooter, valued at £100, had subsequently been seen in Glasgow where the elder youth was spotted giving lifts to people in housing schemes. An agent told the court that the theft of the scooter had been an escapade on the part of the two youths However one was sent to prison for 30 years :roll: and his companion was fined £5.

On Thursday aftemoon during the thunderstorm a cow belonging to Mr William Hogarth, Dykesmains Farm, Saltcoats was killed by lightning. While the cow lay dead on the ground the other cows crowded around it and when the carcase was being taken away they followed it in what looked like a funeral procession in single file.

25 YEARS AGO on August 9, 1985
A major bid to win an offshore oil base for Irvine or Troon could leave Ardrossan out in the cold.
And Ardrossan Harbour Company was this week urged to fight back by sending its own representative to a major oil exhibition next month.
Cunninghame South MP David Lambie believes it is not enough to leave it to port bosses the Clyde Port Authority to "sell" Ardrossan

Bad weather has turned Saltcoats and Stevenston's water supply brown. But this work a water board spokesman assured the public that the water is perfectly safe as it is still being chlorinated and the usual tests carried out.

Warning notices will be published at Ardrossan Castle because it could be dangerous. And urgent pointing work will also be carried out immediately by owners Cunninghame District Council.

A new business in Stevenston is being forced to pull out of the area because the owner has been unable to find anyone to work for her. Only a handful of unsuitable applicants applied for the positions, which were offering around £70 a week.

Irvine's fabulous Seaworld Centre will be opened next week at the Beach Park in time for thousands of visitors to get a taste of life beneath the waves.

Ardrossan's Gospel Hall was broken into and several items stolen last week.

A third refuge for women and children may be sought in Cunninghame District. Councillors on the housing committee this week discussed the possibility of leasing property in the Kilwinning area from Ayrshire and Arran Health Board

Two Labour councillors this week strongly opposed the decision of their colleagues to hold discussion of a travelling people's site in private. Councillor Diane David of the Ardrossan South Ward said the council had posed themselves problems in the past by holding discussions like that one in confidence.
She was backed by Councillor David O'Neill who said he could see 'no reason' for taking the matter as a private item. But Irvine councillors Jane Gorman and Jack Carson disagreed, urging that CDC didn't 'upset the applecart" with Irvine Development Corporation, who had agreed the matter should be private.

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Hughie wrote: Sat Apr 15, 2023 9:34 am
Ardrossan police have received complaints about football being played on Stanley Road, Dalry Road
and Linn Road.
This will explain why Sergeant Willet booked us at the Dalry Road venue. He seem particularly annoyed that we were using the NO FOOTBALL sign as a goalpost :lol: . I remember the day vividly. The boys then decided to cycle up the Dalry Road, over the back road to West Kilbride, and back to Ardrossan via the North Shore. As we were approaching the Greasy Pole we crossed from the A78 to avail ourselves of the drinking fountain, and got booked by two other polis for cycling on the footpath. In the 'black book' twice on the same day :lol:.
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From the Archives of the Ardrossan & Saltcoats Herald published on August 11, 2010

150 YEARS AGO on August, 1860
A POTATO grown in Ardrossan weighed 1lb loz and measured 12 inches by 11 inches.

An excellent field of bere cut at Kilbirnie by Mr James Howie, farmer, was considered to be the earliest this season either in this or any of the neighbouring parishes.

A fine new barque, about 600 tons register, built at Barr and Shearer's Yard, Ardrossan has been purchased. This is the second ship to be sold by the firm in three weeks.

Ayrshire, with a population of 218,000, has a total of 1020 Volunteers - 750 being Rifle Volunteers and 300 Artillery.

The Government has forwarded to Ardrossan for the Artillery Corps three 32-pounder guns with all the necessary sidearms:

50 YEARS AGO on August 12, 1960
Quite a number of people who go out fishing in motor boats around this part of the coast complain that it is difficult to get live sandworms as most are found dead on the shore. On certain parts of the shore young fish are also found dead, and no-one seems to know the cause.

Last week we referred to five canoeists leaving Stevenston for some of the lochs on the Clyde. They arrived back at Stevenston after having visited some of the big ones and sailed round the Big Cumbrae. During their trip they covered 25 miles in five hours which, we learn, is a very good achievement. The craft were all made by the young lads themselves and and, according to the police, they enjoyed the adventure.

Found and handed in at Saltcoats Police station a gents' gold signet ring, a ladies' umbrella, a pair of black oilskin leggings, a pocket tent, a new ladies' hat in a paper bag and several purses containing small sums of money. The police have also received a report about a purse containing a large sum of money being lost, but so far this has not been handed in to them.

While sitting in Melbourne Park, Saltcoats a visitor became ill and a doctor who was sum- moned took him back to his lodgings.

Ardrossan police have received complaints that the footbridge connecting Park Road with Barrie Terrace, by drivers of motor scooters and by horses. The police intend to take action in the future.

Vandalism in the town of Kilwinning still persists and during the weekend three lamp- posts in Bankend were smashed.

JH Morrison, West Kilbride, has been selected as one of the reserves in Scotland's team for the home international golf matches at Tumberry from the 14th to the 16th September.

The Clyde Valley Stompers made their final appearance of the season at an entertainment held at Lamlash which attracted a large crowd who were highly entertained.

25 YEARS AGO on August 16, 1985
Saltcoats residents feared a taxi war would break out this week after a freephone was installed at Presto with a direct link to only one taxi firm. Taxi drivers were up in arms about the fact that they
believed the supermarket was restricting taxi operation in its car park to only one firm but the battle was narrowly averted after the cab owners had talks with Prestos management.

Cunninhghame House was stunned this week by the sudden death of chief executive James Miller. Mr Miller was found dead at his Irvine home shortly before he was due to start work on Wednesday morning. He is believed to have suffered a heart attack. The news shattered officials and council- lors. Mr Miller had attended a Finance Committee meeting the previous night, where he had apperaed to be in the best of health. Mr Miller, who was a keen Burnsian and had a wife and five children, had steered the council since its formation with local government reorganisation in 1975. His deputy, lan Herd, has been appointed chief executive until the job is filled permanently.

A thief with a conscience raided an Ardrossan shop and left the owner scratching his head. For the intruder broke in, stole three girlie magazines and then returned an hour later to apologise. Owner of The Cabin in Parkhouse Road Piero Milani was called out by the police at 5 o'clock on Sunday moming. He made an inspection with the police, who had been responding to a burglar alarm, but didn't think anything was missing. An hour later, when the shop opened for business, a note had been pushed through the front door. "I didn't even know anything had been taken until anything had been taken," said Mr Milani. "It read "Dear Sir, please forgive me for breaking into your shop and stealing three magazines. I will pay for any damage in due course'. Then it went on to say 'I have never done anything like this before. I just wanted to prove I could do it the way they do it on the TV. I have never heard of anything like this in my life before. He must have gone back to the shop suffering from remorse. He even estimated the damage at £15 to £20."

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From the Archives of the Ardrossan & Saltcoats Herald published on August 18, 2010

150 YEARS AGO on August, 1860
ARDROSSAN, Saltcoats and Stevenston Merchants' Association held their fifth annual holiday to Inveraray. A party of 400 left Ardrossan aboard the steamer Lady Kelburne at 7am and arrived at their destination at 12 noon. Darvel Brass Band supplied the music on board the steamer and headed the parade through Inveraray. The proceeds from the sale of tickets amounted to £41 16s 5d leaving a surplus of 10d for the reserve fund.

Ardeer Ironworks Bowling Club and Glengarnock Club met in a bounce game. As the clubs were considered to be two of the best in Ayrshire this added interest to the game which, by the way, took place at Stevenston.
Each side had seven rinks and Ardeer won by 139 shots.

During the late exhibition of Edmund's (Wombell's) menagerie at Dalry, a spectator residing at Peesweep Row had his hand badly gashed by a tiger.

The Ayrshire News, the reputed property of Conservatives in this quarter and printed in Saltcoats since December last, has this week been transferred to Ayr and will in future be printed in the Ayr Observer office.

Shipments from Ardrossan last week included 6497 tons of pig iron and 2828 tons of coal.


100 YEARS AGO on August 19, 1910
On Wednesday the Isle Of Man Steam Company celebrated their eightieth year of its existence and the steamer Tynwald, which was lying in Ardrossan Harbour, was gaily decorated with flags.

A large company of relatives and friends assem- bled at Kelburn Castle, Fairlie on Wednesday for the christening of the Viscount and Viscountess Kelburn's infant son. Canon Law DD, the incumbent of St Columba's Church, Largs, officiated.

The Rev G McMurray Ross MA closes his ministry in St Andrew's UF Church, Dalry on Sunday first. Mr Ross who, along with his wife and family sails shortly for Canada, was the recipient of a presentation from the congregation of a token of regard.

50 YEARS AGO on August 19, 1960
Last Sunday a boy was brought to the first aid hut at Saltcoats putting green suffering from a cut foot - one of the worst injuries seen all season. The Red Cross people were not in attendance but first aid was given and the boy was later taken to the police station and attended to by Dr Ross. Fortunately no stitches were required.

Last Saturday a party from Glasgow travelled to Ardrossan to join the vessel Irish Coast for Belfast. But by the time their taxi arrived at the berth the boat had cast off.

A young man and his wife from this district who recently spent a holiday in the Isle Of Man were more shocked than surprised at the method used by some people there to receive tips.

A car being driven on the Seamill-Ardrossan road on Thursday morning skidded after negotiating the bend at the beginning of Eglinton Road, Ardrossan and crashed into a garden wall. No-one was injured but the car and the garden wall were damaged.
The road surface was wet at the time.

Last Sunday 1180 tickets were issued at the putting greens at Saltcoats.
The floodlighting and fairy lights there are a great attraction.

25 YEARS AGO on August 23, 1985
Primary school children were upset when a bus conductress asked for an extra 3p to take them home. It had cost them 10p to travel from Stevenston Cross to St John's Primary School in the town that morning. But when they boarded the Al school bus back home they were charged 13p. Some of the youngsters didn't have the extra money and had to give their names and addresses to the bus company to pay the difference later. "When a six-year-old is asked for her name and address it feels as if she has done something wrong." said one parent.
Al say a mistake was made owing to new electronic ticket machines leading to revised fares for some services and have confirmed that the correct fare is still 10p.

A member of Lamlash Lifeboat crew had an embarrassing experience last Tuesday evening when his colleagues were called out to rescue him. Coastguards set off the alarm and the lifeboat raced out to meet Dr Angus Campbell, who was having difficulties board sailing in Lamlash Bay. He had gone out earlier in the evening when weather conditions were much better and a shore wind provided good sailing conditions.
However the wind freshened and turned off-shore, causing him problems. A experienced sailer, Dr Campbell was being watched from the shore and was fully equipped for an emergency, fellow crew member Geoff Norris pointed out. "It could easily have happened to anybody," he added. But he did admit that rescuing Dr Campbell caused amusement to the rest of the crew.

Secretary of State George Younger this week informed Cunninghame Health Committee that radioactive substances from Hunterston A and B Power Stations would be disposed of at Drig, Cumbria, the national disposal centre.
Councillors were told the waste would be transported partly by rail and partly by road.

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From the Archives of the Ardrossan & Saltcoats Herald published on August 25, 2010

150 YEARS AGO on August, 1860
THERE were 60 arrivals and 80 sailings from Ardrossan Harbour last week. One ship loading pig iron was also taking a part cargo of clay pipes.

Mr Wm Paton, Stevenston, was one of the Ayrshire prizewinners in the Glasgow Art Union draw.

At the sale of wheat and potatoes at Yonderfield, West Kilbride, last week, the prices offered were good, wheat averaging about £8 and potatoes £24 per acre.

Ardrossan Artillery Corps have received word that 60 stands of carbines have been dispatched for their use. A new magazine has been erected near to the battery and a store is also in the course of erection.

100 YEARS AGO on August 26, 1910
At the reopening of Ardrossan Winton School on Tuesday morning Mr WAJ Ritchie, chairman of Ardrossan School Board, formally installed Mr G G Tumbull as headmaster of the school.

Mr Hugh Caldwell, bandmaster of Saltcoats Skating Rink, has been appointed musical director of the Paisley Pavilion.

A flood which occurred in Kilbirnie last Saturday was stated to be the biggest and most disastrous in the history of the town.

The Friends of Mr JS Mackenzie, late Assistant Inspector of the Poor, Stevenston, will be pleased to hear of his being appointed assistant to the Secretary of the Johan- nesburg Chamber of Commerce.

50 YEARS AGO on August 26, 1960
The other day a visitor from the West Indies called at Saltcoats Museum. he was anxious to trace his grandfather's grave and he found it in Saltcoats Old Kirk Yard. The visitor took photographs of the tombstone and revealed that his grandfather was John Skeoch, late of the Mill Farm, Ardrossan. He possesses a silver medal which his grandfather won for the best bull shown at the Ardrossan Farmers' Society Show in 1846.

Alex Young, 34 Corrie Crescent, Saltcoats, a pupil of Ardrossan Academy, is a spare flautist with the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain. Alex travels with the Orchestra.

A native of Saltcoats, the Rev David McBride, Laigh Kirk, Kilmarnock, is the sole nominee for a church vacancy in Aberdeen.

Mr and Mrs Matthew Garrett of Irvington, New Jersey, are home on holiday. Mr Garrett is a native of Stevenston and his wife comes from Keith in Banffshire. Mr Garrett was employed by Stevenston Co-operative 45 years ago. This is their first visit home. Mr Garrett is residing with his sister Mrs Hamilton in Glebe Street, Saltcoats. He has found many changes in the town, he says, and all of them for the better. Mr Garrett considers the visit home well worthwhile for as well as meeting his family he has also been reunited with friends of his boyhood days.

Since the council took over the tennis courts in Kilwinning public park there have been more players and it is hoped that by next year the old club status will have been revived.

The Arran boat train was held up for about twenty minutes last Saturday morning when a heavy goods locomotive became derailed on the line between Ardrossan Town Station and Winton Pier Station. The boat train was allowed to proceed when single-line traffic to the pier was put into operation.

25 YEARS AGO on August 30, 1985
The possibility of 40 jobs for the Ardrossan area has been lost because of a non-sell policy by Cunninghame District Council. Ardbride Products Limited who started in business five years ago in Ardrossan had applied to CDC to purchase 8561 square feet of land in Hill Street to build a third 'tailor-made' factory but on Thursday the council turned down the request. The company, which makes lamp- shades and ceramic bases, is furious at the decision. They said that the council had told them they could lease the land instead, but that this is not a viable proposition.

The gloves are off in the battle between Ayrshire ports bidding for an offshore oil base on the Clyde. Ardrossan, Ayr and Troon ports are pulling out all the stops in the cut-throat fight to win the fight for the base to supply the offshore drilling platform. The siting of the base in Ardrossan would mean 400 jobs for the town. It could also help boost the flagging port economy and promote other companies to invest in Ardrossan. But a renewed public push from Ayr and Troon could have an effect on that.

Classes for first and second-year pupils at Auchenharvie Academy had to be scrapped on Tuesday as a teachers' union took strike action.
All pupils in the first two years were staying at home on on Tuesday as a result of the action by Scotland's second-biggest teachers' union, the Scottish Secondary Schools' Association. John Taylor, the rector at Auchanharvie, told the Herald: "A considerable number of my staff-around 265-are members of the SSTA. This type of action is now something the children are accustomed to. They are getting the most out of their teaching"

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From the Archives of the Ardrossan & Saltcoats Herald published on September 1, 2010

150 YEARS AGO September, 1860
THE shoemakers' strike has been settled, employers and workers having reached agreement.

MR John Service, joiner, has "taken off" the vacant feu between Mrs Cumming's cottage and the Roman Catholic Chapel, Saltcoats.

AT a meeting of Saltcoats Bowling Club Mr Wm. Brown, Parkend, was elected president; Mr R. K. Barbour, vice-president; Mr James Fullarton, treasurer, and Mr James Anderson, secretary pro. tem.
The Earl of Eglinton and Winton has granted a piece of ground at the Crofthead Plots at a nominal fee.


100 YEARS AGO on September 2, 1910
AT the annual general meeting of Saltcoats Swimming Club held on Monday evening, the following office-bearers were appointed:- President, Bailie Brown; vice-president, Mr Boyd; treasurer, Mr Watson: secreatary, Mr A. C. Thom; gala secretary, Mr Alex McMillan. Messrs Wm. Mathieson and H. McGillivary were appointed auditors.

AT a special meeting of Dalry School Board held on Tuesday evening Mr Norman W. Pratt, B.Sc., South Shields, was appointed assistant in the Higher grade school in room of Mr W. Munro, B.A., who was recently appointed headmaster of Helensdale Higher Grade School.

MR Alex Beaton has been appointed headmaster of Saltcoats Skating Rink Band in succession to Mr Cladwell.

At a gala held at Saltcoats Swimming Pond last Saturday, the winners of the 50 yards race were:- Arch. Longmuir (Saltcoats School); W. Tait (Eglinton School); George Wilson and James McMillan.

50 YEARS AGO on September 2, 1960
I HAVE often heard of people gathering mushroom on South Beach Green. Last Friday night I noticed several growing there.

LAST week-end a resident in Christie Gardens, Saltcoats, saw two wild rabbits in his back garden. One of them was nibbling some bread. This week two young men saw a rabbit scampering along the street and there have been other reports of wild rabbits in the area.
It is probable that they are breeding on the railway embankment nearby.

ON Tuesday while I was at the putting greens in Melbourne Park, Saltcoats, a large black dog got up on its hind legs and looked in the paybox window before coming to the door. A woman attendant spoke to the animal, gave it two biscuits and told it to go to its master, where-upon it walked out and, looking both ways before it crossed the street, ran off.
I learn that this dog visits the paybox twice a day.

SALTCOATS Police have in their care a black-faced lamb which was found straying. So far it has not been claimed.

MISS Mary Duff, a member of an old Saltcoats family, has lived for seventy years in the same house at Countess Street.

A NATIVE of Ardrossan who is over seventy years of age visited his home town this week trying to locate an engine driver named Hannah who went abroad many years ago but who intended to spend his retirement in Ardrossan. However, no one knew Mr Hannah or his wherea- bouts.

25 YEARS AGO on September 6, 1985
FOURTEEN-stone Tricia McCann is waging war on Ardrossan dockyard... Tricia wants a job there but the male dockers are dead against it. Now 25-year-old Tricia is collecting signatures for a petition to present to Ardrossan dockyard to help her to fight for the right to work.
Tricia wants to keep up the family tradition of the McCanns working at the dock. her great-grandfather, grandfather and father all worked there. And now Tricia's frustrations are mounting as she is given the cold shoulder by the dockers.
Tricia of 79 Clyde Terrace only wants to follow in her father's footsteps. He died three years ago and Tricia has been fighting to work at the docks since then. The McCann family now believe that Tricia's brother, Peter, has been blacked from the waiting list at the dock because of his sister's insistence.
"I can do the job as good as any man," declared Tricia. "They are all afraid I'm going to show them up. The place is full of male chauvinists. I can lift weights as good as any man."
Before Tricia can get a job at the dockyard she must first be approved by a four man committee to allow her name to be placed on a waiting list.
Hugh Calvert, one of the four members of the dockyard committee this week refused to make any comment regarding Tricia McCann's fight for a job.
But dockers union leader, Jimmy Gilligan, said he would fight for Tricia's rights at the Scottish Dockers group meeting later this week. A spokesman for the National Docks Labour Board said the board had a policy of equal opportunity. It is believed if Tricia wins her battle she will become the first woman docker in the United Kingdom.

THE former Buckreddan Maternity hospital in Kilwinning has been sold. But Ayrshire and Arran Health Board would not reveal the identity of the buyer this week nor the price the former hospital fetched. A spokesman said the conveyancing process had not yet ended and missives had still to be signed. The hospital closed about two years ago.

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