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Previously posted relative to the Tricia McCann item. It might be a different outcome today?

15 MARCH 1986


A 25-year old woman yesterday demanded the right to work as a docker.

Miss Tricia McCann, of Ardrossan, took her case to an industrial tribunal in Glasgow, claiming that she was entitled to succeed to her father's job as a docker at Ardrossan Harbour. She claimed she had not been given the job because she's a woman.

She told the tribunal considering her case of sex discrimination that by custom and practice the sons of dockers were allowed to put their names forward for jobs on the docks.

She claimed that when the breadwinner of the family died, the person who had to earn the money to keep the family was entitled to inherit the job. Said Miss McCann: "That is what I am fighting for."

Miss McCann told the tribunal she used to build and dismantle booths at a fairground and felt she was perfectly able to cope with the dock work.

However, she said, people in her home town had turned against her. Former colleagues of her father, who died in 1983, had told her there was no way a woman could be employed in the harbour.

She added: "One man said I was too fat and never had the brains."

Miss McCann said that when her father died her younger brother had applied for his job, but he had failed. She told the tribunal: "It was then I decided to apply."

Captain William Gillespie, 48, the port manager and harbourmaster of Ardrossan denied that there was any policy which stated dockers must be men.

He said: "We do not have a discriminatory policy." Since Miss McCann lodged her application in September last year, there had been no vacancies at the port, he added.

Mr Thomas Sloan, a local official of the Transport and General Workers' Union, said the union was allowed to put forward the names of people suitable for employment. As local branch secretary, he said, he would have to put forward Miss McCann's name the next time there were vacancies at the dock.

He said: "All the names submitted by members on behalf of their first sons, and second sons, are considered."

Mr Sloan said the union had the power to put names to management for any positions that were authorised by the National Dock Labour Protection Board.

When there were vacancies the eligible names went into a hat and were then drawn. The first names chosen were put forward to the employers. Mr Sloan said the next time there were vacancies he would ensure Miss McCann's name, or that of her younger brother, would be considered.

It would be up to Miss McCann and her brother to decide which it would be. After that the persons, if chosen, would go forward to management of the port and then on to the dock labour board for medical examination and final selection.

Mr Sloan denied there had been discrimination against Miss McCann on ground of her sex.

The tribunal will give its ruling later.

After the hearing, Miss McCann said: "My father worked at the harbour. His father worked there, and so did my great grandfather. It's only fair that I get a job."

20 MARCH 1986


A woman who failed to get a job as a docker has had her claim of sex discrimination rejected by an industrial tribunal.

Miss Patricia McCann, (25), Clyde Terrace, Ardrossan, Ayrshire, told an industrial tribunal in Glasgow that members of the local dockers committee laughed at her when she told them she believed she was eligible to take over her father's job after he died.......The tribunal's written judgment will be issued later.
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From the Archives of the Ardrossan & Saltcoats Herald published on September 8, 2010

150 YEARS AGO on August, 1860
Saltcoats, Ardrossan and Stevenston Horticultural, Agricultural and Ornithological Society held their annual show in the New Town Hall, Ardrossan. There were 407 entries and £6 17s 3d was collected at the door.

The sum of £300 has been subscribed to forward the Volunteer Movement in Dalry, and between 130 and 140 men have volunteered their names to be Volunteers.

100 YEARS AGO on September 9, 1910
The staff of Ailsa Shipbuilding Yard in Troon gathered to honour Mr John Macintyre who was for two and a half years the managing director there but has now retired. Mr McIntyre received a splendid presentation from his colleagues.

A new ship for the Australian run has been launched at Ardrossan and will immediately go into service.

50 YEARS AGO on September 9, 1960
Last Saturday evening the 53-year-old cargo steamer Calumet (4000 tons) was towed into Ardrossan Harbour -not an exciting event in itself but one which was greatly anticipated by the twenty-one seamen who had endured a harrowing voyage across the Atlantic.
The ocean tug Masterman of Hull towed the vessel from Montreal and during the 31-day journey the Calumet drifted helplessly in a storm and it was four days before she could be taken on tow again.
When the Calumet, a former grain carrier, discharges her cargo scrap at Ardrossan she will be taken to Troon for breaking up.
The scrap in her holds was all that was left of a sister ship which had also become obsolete and uneconomical on the Great Lakes trade when the St Lawrence Seaway was opened. The Masterman, with 15 men on board, left Montreal with the Calumet on tow on August 3.
There were six men aboard the Calumet and the vessels arrived at Ardrossan seven days late.

When Mr James Higgins, a native of Saltcoats who has spent most of his life in Edinburgh, was recently travelling in the car with his wife and son to Dundee they were involved in a collision with a bus. Their collie dog Prince, which was with them, jumped out and ran away.
Mrs Higgins was taken to hospital for treatment and when she was informed that her pet dog was missing she was most upset.
Her son travelled each weekend to Dundee to try and trace the dog and after several days it was found in that city sand returned to Mrs Higgins, who was delighted to see her pet again.

Miss Betty Simpson and her friend Lucy, who are on a European tour, stopped at Ardrossan where they resided with with Betty's grand aunt and uncle, Mr and Mrs Jack Laird, 149 Barrie Terrace. Betty's mother, Betty Donnelly, emigrated to Vancouver in 1910. Betty and Lucy thank all the people who were so kind to them in Ardrossan. On Wednesday they left to continue their journey to
France and then to Rome.

A native of Arran at present working in Ardrossan has a grocer's receipt dated 1893, which was received by an Arran customer of Charles Murchie, Princes Street, Ardrossan. The prices on the receipt are amazingly low.
We can recall when there were 15 persons over 90 years of age in Ardrossan and one who was just over a hundred. These days not as many people seem to live so long.

SNAPSHOT OF THE SIXTIES: Thanks to reade John Dixon for sending in this picture, above, o Nicol's Bar in Ardrossan (latterly the Harbour Inn now in the process of being redeveloped).

25 YEARS AGO on September 6, 1985
The first round of the raging battle between Ardrossan Dockyard and Tricia McCann is over. Union bosses have relented and have told Tricia she can apply for a job at the dock.
Scottish Dockworkers' leader Jimmy Gilligan took up her case at the recent dockers' meeting in Glasgow and recommended that she be allowed to apply for a post at the Harbour.
In recent months Tricia has asked at the harbour for job but had been laughed at because she was a woman. but now it looks as though she may have had the last laugh.
"They can't stop me from working because I am a woman," she said. They said there would never be a woman Prime Minister and we have won. I will take my case to every court in the land to win my case."

An Ardrossan woman got more than she bargained for when she bought a jar of jam from the Co-op. For inside the jar there was a wasp! And the incident has cost the Co-op £200 at Kilmarnock Sheriff Court.
Carol Roberts of Clyde terrace bought the jam from the store in central Avenue on January 24.
The incident was investigated by the Environmental Health Department at CDC before a report was sent to the procurator fiscal at Kilmamock. The Co-op admitted the charge under the Food and Drugs (Scotland) Act 1956.

An Ardrossan engineering company has started work on its biggest and most valuable order yet. The McCrindle Group is building the largest shiploader of its type in Britain for Bristol company Strachan and Henshaw. It means 20 new jobs, most at its Dalry Road headquarters and at Ardrossan Harbour where the bulk of the work will be carried out.

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From the Archives of the Ardrossan & Saltcoats Herald published on September 16, 2010

150 YEARS AGO on September, 1860
A NEW burial ground has been acquired in Stevenston. The ground was purchased from AWR Cunninghame Esq of Auchenharvie by the Parochial Board for an annual feu rent of about eight pounds sterling and contains about two acres (Scots). An iron bridge has been built over the burn at the main entrance

Saltcoats Archery Club held their eleventh anniversary with a shoot from 12.30 to 3pm and the annual dinner took place at the Saracen Head Inn at 5pm.

An apple, one of the true globe pippin species, grown in the garden of James Fulton, Esq, Mansfield House, Kilwinning, weight 11 ounces, 7 drops.

For one week there was shipped from Ardrossan Harbour 5,600 tons of pig iron and 3,583 tons of coal.

100 YEARS AGO on September 16, 1910
Mr W D Congalton, the new headmaster of Brodick School, began his duties last week. For the past 30 months he has been head of the elementary department Rothesay Academy.

Last Friday the Rev. John W Hornsby, Nottingham, was ordained to the Pastorate of the EU Congregational Church, Kilwinning, in succession to the Rev Mr Drennan.

Kelburn Rovers FC held their annual general meeting in the Village Hall, Fairlie, last Thursday,

Mr Thomas Deans, head clerk and cashier of the Kilbirnie Co-operative Society, has been appointed and promoted to the managership of Catrine Co-operative Society.

50 YEARS AGO on September 16, 1960
Ardrossan Police are, as a result of complaints, going to take action against anyone found taking a short cut from Caledonia Road to the North Crescent, close to Anfield House

Recently we looked in at the beach Pavilion, Saltcoats, where a transformation is taking place. In about five weeks' time the pavilion will be opened as a bowling alley.

One of the worst cases of flooding in the history of Stevenson took place at Canal crescent on Wednesday morning, This housing scheme is at Station Road adjoining the Police Station and the flooding was caused by the overflowing of the Stevenston Burn. When we arrived on the scene shortly after 1am, workmen and officials were on the job, Front lawns looked like a sheet of water and, in the back gardens, flowers and vegetables were under water.
When a railwayman living in canal crescent arrived home shortly after 6am everything seemed normal but by the time he had had a cup of tea things had changed. there was water everywhere. The pumps situated behind the housing scheme were in operation and slowly but surely were mastering the situation.
In one house a young lady couldn't get out to her office job and her young brother couldn't get out to go to school. Their father was going to put his Wellington boots on and carry them, but discovered that the water was too deep.
The Stevenston Burn is separated from the housing scheme by a stone wall but the rush of water was so great that it overflowed through the wall. The water went through the ventilators of the houses and the houses will be damp for some considerable time to come.

Found and handed in at Ardrossan police station leather wallet, a sum of money, two purses and a tortoise.

25 YEARS AGO on September 20, 1985
A 1.75M development could transform Saltcoats Braes into a major tourist attraction. Preston-based Park Hall leisure PLC has earmarked the site for its first Scottish venture Company architects visited Saltcoats on Wednesday and firm plan will be drawn up soon and submited to Cunningham District Council. Councillors and officials have already visited the company's huge leisure park outside Preston to see for themselves how it operates

Officials of an Ardrossan church have asked for new talks on merger plans which were thrown out by its congregation.
St John's Church office-bearers have asked Ardrossan Presbytery for more negotiations on a merger with Barony Church. The move was sparked by the bill for the restoration of St John's, which was slightly higher than expected. And now St John's minister the Rev Donald MacKay has announced he will retire before March 31.
Session clerk Robert Denver admitted that the minister's retiral puts more pressure on the office-bearers to find a solution to the problem. St John's congregation overwhelmingly rejected draft plans for a merger with Barony Church in April after it emerged St John's is suffering from very poor work.

Winton Rovers are the toast of Ardrossan this week after reaching their second successive final in a matter of months. On Saturday, they defeated Kilbirnie Ladeside 2-0 at home to win a place in the Jackie Scarlett League Cup Final at Rugby Park, Kilmarnock, next month.

Scots Secretary George Young has raised the hackles of Cunninghame's ruling Labour councillors for scrapping a jobs project at Hunteraton. News that a hi-tech park will not now be established there has infuriated the Labour district councillors, who are demanding to know why.

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From the Archives of the Ardrossan & Saltcoats Herald published on September 22, 2010

100 YEARS AGO September 23, 1910
AT the annual meeting of the Edinburgh Institute of Scotland in Edinburgh last Saturday Mr Harry Gaul BA LDP, Public School, Saltcoats, was among those who received the degree of Fellow Of The Educational Institute Of Scotland.

Mr James Cochran has been appointed organist of the Park United Free Church, Ardrossan, in room of Mr Boyd Godwin, who is going to Blantyre.

Mr John S Barbour, 15 Cochrane Street, Kilbirnie, Mr Robert Houston, Glenlogan, and Mr James Houston, Glenlogan, were among the exhibitors at the ideal home exhibition held in Glasgow yesterday. Mr Barbour received a diploma and Mr R Houston a silver medal.

Mr William H Muir, solicitor, Saltcoats, who is at present in Stirling, is a candidate for the post of clerk and assessor to the Rover Bailie Court, Glasgow.

50 YEARS AGO on September 23, 1960
In the first of a series of programmes on BBC Television to mark the quarter-centenary of the Reformation, the Rev Dr Alexander Smart of St Cuthbert's Church, Saltcoats, was the speaker in meeting point last Sunday evening. Dr Smart's discourse on Psalms and Psalters of the reformation was both interesting and informative. The choir of St Cuthbert's, conducted by conducted by Mr Leslie Thornton, also appeared in the programme and their singing of several psalms was an excellent illustration of Dr Smart's subject.

A lip-reading and Scottish Country Dancing Classes will be heard fortnightly during the winter session by Ayr and District Hard Of hearing Club which opens in Ayr next Tuesday evening.

Boy wanted, wages £3 a week, Apply Boyd Bros, Stevenston.

The last meeting of the athletics season at Dunblane two weeks ago saw the Ardeer women's sprint relay team finish in fourth place. They drew the least-favoured outside lane to finish behind Broxburn, Maryhill and Springbum. The runners were Marion Brown, Jeanette Leslie and Mima McSwann, who finished in second place in the final of the women's 220 yards.

Police Judge Hyslop thanks an old lady in Moorpark Road West for a donation of 30 shillings for Erskine Hospital.

It is surprising how little damage was done to the gar- dens in Canal Crescent, Stevenston following last week's flooding.

A comedy set in Japan, The Geisha Boy, featuring Jerry Lewis, is showing tonight (Friday) and tomorrow at the Kingsway Cinema in Kilwinning.

Visit To A Small Planet, starring Jerry Lewis, is the feature film showing tonight and tomorrow night at the Regal Cinema in Saltcoats.

The 3T Young Unionists, covering the three towns of Ardrossan, Saltcoats and Stevenston, are holding a coffee morning tomorrow (Saturday).

Thirty-four cases of infectious disease, including 29 of dysentery, were noted locally during the year by sanitary inspectors.

The District Valuer has put a price on Kilwinning Old Gasworks of £100.

A sentimental British farce, Let's Get Married, co-starring Anthony Newley, is on show at the George Cinema in Beith

25 YEARS AGO on September 27, 1985
Ardrossan was dealt a bitter jobs blow this week when Shell announced its decision to cease bitumen production and axe 48 jobs.
The international oil giant announced on Tuesday that it would be pulling out of its manufacturing role at Ardrossan in what is yet another manufacturing disaster for the town and the district. Only 15 of the current 63-strong workforce will remain. The site is to become a storage handling point for bitumen refined at Shell Stanlow plant in Cheshire which will be transported to Ardrossan by ship.

A primary school tuck shop was selling matches to pupils. And this week Kyleshill headmistress Jean Miller vowed it would never happen again. The matchboxes had been specially decorated by primary three pupils. " didn't realise the boxes still had matches in them," said Miss Miller.
"We thought it would be all right to let the pupils take the matches home as a present. But some children can't be trusted to do anything and had been sparking the matches." No children were hurt during the episode but some parents were furious.

Strike action again affected West Kilbride Primary this week as teachers staged a two-day stoppage in support of the EIS campaign. The school was shut on Tuesday and Wednesday as members of the Educational Institute of Scotland took part in the fight for an independent pay review. Angry parents have hit out at what some described as a scandalous attack on a community school. EIS officials have defended their hit list, which includes West Kilbride, and said teachers were 100 per cent behind the strike call.

Cunninghame North Constituency Labour Party have chosen a 36-year-old journalist, Brian Wilson, to fight the seat at the next General Election.
The new candidate grew up in Dunoon and was founding editor of the West Highland Free Press, a radical local paper based on Skye. He fought Inverness-shire in 1979. Mr Wilson paid tribute to Tom Dickie, the former District Council convener who was unsuccessful at the election conference, describing him as a thorough gentleman throughout the campaign.

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