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From the Archives of the Ardrossan & Saltcoats Herald published on July 20, 2011

150 YEARS AGO on March, 1861
Sir Robert Milliken Napier, Bt., and his family have taken Bath House, Ardrossan, for three months.

The Right Hon the Earl and Countess of Glasgow are residing at Kelburn House.

An amateur dramatic performance was given in Mrs Jamieson's Hall, Ardrossan. The piece performed was "Rose of Ettrick Vale," and the performers were all from Saltcoats.

A French barque, "Amelia" of Bayonne, after discharging her cargo at Ardrossan, turned over on her side in the harbour. Two days later she was back on an even keel.

The carpenters of Barr and Shearer's Shipyard, Ardrossan, held their annual outing to Greenock, where they had the opportunity of seeing the new iron-clad ship, "The Warrior".

100 YEARS AGO 1911
A three-day bazaar held in Saltcoats Town Hall by Ardrossan EU Church concluded on Saturday evening when it was announced that the sum of £600 had been realised.

There is an increase of 3.5d per £1 on Ardrossan parish rates this year. Had it not been for an advance of 4.5d on the School rate, the other assessments would have been reduced by .75d per £1.

Ardrossan Territorials' annual carbine competition took place at Chapelton Point Range last Saturday when the principal prize-winners were Gunner A Atkinson, 31 points; Driver W Young, 29 points; Sergt. J Inglis, 28 points; Br. J Harvery, 27 points; Dr. J Thom, 25 points. The prizes were presented by Battery Quarter-Master, Sergeant J Bain.

50 YEARS AGO 1961
A group of 15 demonstrators from the Ayrshire Council for Nuclear Disarmament observed "Hiroshima Day" last Saturday by what they described as a "silent march of commemoration" through Ayrshire coast holiday centres and an overnight vigil at Holy Loch.
Assembling at the Low Green, Ayr, they passed by esplanade or shore through Ayr, Prestwick, Troon, Saltcoats, Ardrossan, West Kilbride and Largs to Gourock for Dunoon, covering the immediate ground by transport.

While he was investigating a complaint of breach of the peace in an Ardrossan hotel at 11.30pm on Sunday, Police Constable Wm McCrindle, Ardrossan, was struck in the face by the Dutch mate of a ship in Ardrossan Harbour, fell against a door and, suffering from concussion, was taken to Kilmarnock Infirmary. Appearing at Kilmarnock Sheriff Court on Wednesday, the Dutchman was fined £50 for assaulting PC McCrindle, who was allowed home from hospital yesterday (Thursday), fine £15 for assaulting the hotel manager, and admonished for committing a breach of the peace. Another Dutch seaman who had also been involved in the disturbance was fined £5 for breach of the peace when he appeared at Kilmarnock Sheriff Court on Monday.

Last week when joiners were repairing floorboards in Saltcoats Town Hall-the Countess Picture House-they found a bottle and inside it was a letter bill in good condition. Written on the paper were the names of the joiners who laid the floor boards on 28th July, 1892. George Bryson Milligan (foreman); A McKenzie, D Kerr and D McMillan (journeymen); R Lyon, J Craig and J Frew (apprentices). It is Interesting to learn that Mr A McKenzie's son was a projectionist in the Countess Picture House for about thirty years.

25 YEARS AGO 1986
Former priest Declan Kelly- who left the Church to get married -has become a father. His wife Margaret gave birth to a baby boy last weekend in Ayrshire Central Hospital. Mr Kelly was at the centre of controversy when he resigned from the priesthood to marry last year. He set up home with his wife at 2 Braeside, Girdle Toll, after they married in Edinburgh registry office on June 25. Their baby, who weighed 7lb at birth, has been named Patrick Joseph and both Mrs Kelly and the child are said to be doing well in Ward 5 of the Irvine Hospital this week.
Mrs Kelly works as a social worker in the area before they met and Mr Kelly now works with local estate agents Scott Roxburgh. Both have tried to avoid publicity since getting married and the continued to do so this week as the news of their new arrival filtered through.
Mr Kelly was a priest for 16 years and was well respected in the community. He served at St Peter-in-Chains, Ardrossan, and his last charge before leaving the priesthood was at St Thomas Apostle in Muirkirk.

A former Saltcoats man was tragically killed in a road accident in South Africa on Sunday. Ronald Blackstock (33), who used to live at 29 Davaar Road, was killed outright when the vehicle in which he was driving was involved in a head on collision with a truck. Mr Blackstock formerly worked with a Stevenston firm but moved to South Africa two and half years ago with his wife, Caroline and children Craig (10, David (7) and Lorraine (4). Mrs Blackstock works as a laboratory technician in South Africa, but her family expects she will return to Scotland with her children now.

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From the Archives of the Ardrossan & Saltcoats Herald published on July 27, 2011

150 YEARS AGO on August, 1861
THE total population of Ayrshire is 198,959 96,825 males and 102,134 females.

Owing to a heavy fall of rain in North Ayrshire, the Stanley Burn, Ardrossan overflowed its banks. Considerable damage was also done to potatoes at Law Farm in West Kilbride.

Ardrossan Harbour Company employees were treated to an excursion to Glasgow. Each workman was given two outing tickets and a sum of money for a refreshment.

100 YEARS AGO on AUGUST 4, 1911
At a special meeting of Ardrossan Parish Council held in the council chambers on Tuesday evening, Mr James D Fullarton was appointed registrar for New Ardrossan Parish.

At the annual carbine shooting competition held by Ardrossan Territorials at Chapelton Point last Saturday, the first prize were won by Gunner Atkinson. The first prize in all ranks below Sergeant was won by Gunner Dow and Corporal Mills.

There is at present on view in the window of Mr John McEwan, watchmaker and jeweller, West Kilbride, what is described as the largest Cairngorm in the world, The stone, in its rough state, weighed 168 ozs after cutting, and in its present condition weighs 40ozs.

50 YEARS AGO on AUGUST 4, 1961
On Thursday of last week a man walked into a shop in Princes Street, Ardrossan during the afternoon lifted up a transistor radio and walked off.

A visitor to a neighbouring town, who was making a nuisance of himself, and who is only about four feet tall, was asked why he wanted to fight a man much taller than himself He replied: "When I take a drink I feel two feet taller."

Last Saturday a motor car was driven away from Princes Street in Ardrossan but was later recovered.

Ardrossan Police have received com- plaints about boys firing airguns at seagulls and swans at Parkhouse Reservoir. Two seagulls were found dead and a swan was injured.

Last week in Ardrossan one of our reporters observed two small boys, each of which was carrying a milk bottle. After a time the boys walked on to the centre of the road and smashed the bottles, the glass of which was scattered right across the roadway.

On Tuesday at about 4am the glass of the window of the photographer's shop in New Street, Stevenston was smashed and four cameras stolen. When a burglar alarm went off, two men were seen running from the premises.

25 YEARS AGO on AUGUST 8, 1986
Noroe Fabrications will close at the end of the year. The firm at Harbour Street, Ardrossan was suffering from the effects of an order book crisis for some time. The closure will mean the loss of the last 10 jobs there. Norman Knox, managing director of the firm, said on Tuesday he was disappointed at the thought of having to close the company and put people on the dole.

Treasured jewellery worth at least £30,000 was stolen from the home of Brian Kemp this week. Mr Kemp, of Kemp Leisure, was in the Lake District on holiday with his daughter when bandits burst into his luxury home and made off with the irreplaceable jewellery. And Mr Kemp, whose family own the La Scala cinema, is offering a substantial reward for information leading to a conviction and recover. The thieves broke into the South Beach Road, Ardrossan property through a back door.

Secretary of State for Scotland Malcolm Rifkind has hit out at Cunninghame District Council's claims that he tried to mislead local MPs about the monitoring of radioactivity. In a letter to Cunninghame South MP David Lambie Mr Rifkind said that Her Majesty's Industrial Pollution Inspectorate does not merely check the figures produced by operators but carries out its own independent monitoring.

Around the cinemas: La Scala 1 in Saltcoats is showing Bambi, the reissued Walt Disney classic, all this week, while La Scala 2 has Sylvester Stallone in Cobra. Both those films are also playing at the WMR in Irvine while the Magnum has Robert Redford and Meryl Streep in out Of Africa and the action adventure Jewel Of The Nile. Other attractions at the Magnum soon include The Spinners, The Tartan Lads and Lindisfarne. Singer Valerie Dunbar appears at Saltcoats Town Hall in concert on August 24.

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From the Archives of the Ardrossan & Saltcoats Herald published on August 3, 2011

150 YEARS AGO on August, 1861
Sir Robert Milliken Napier, Bt, has taken Bath House, Ardrossan for three months.

The Right Hon. The Earl and Countess of Glasgow are residing at Kelburn House.

An amateur dramatic performance was given in Mrs Jamieson's Hall, Ardrossan. The piece performed was Rose Of Ettrick Vale and the performers were all from Saltcoats.

A French barque, Amelia of Bayonne, after discharging her cargo at Ardrossan, turned over on her side in the harbour. Two days later she was back on an even keel.

The carpenters of Barr & Shearer's shipyard, Ardrossan, held their annual outing to Greenock where they had the opportunity of seeing the new iron-clad ship The Warrior.

100 YEARS AGO on August 11, 1911
A three day bazaar held in Saltcoats Town Hall by Ardrossan EU Church ended on Sunday evening when it was announced that the sum of £600 had been realised.

There is an increase of threepence halfpenny per £ on Ardrossan Parish rates this year. Had it not been for an advance of fourpence halfpenny on the School rate, the other assessments would have reduced by three-quarters of a penny per £

Ardrossan Territorials' annual carbine competition took place at Chapelton Point Range last Saturday.

50 YEARS AGO on August 11, 1961
An old Scottish sea-dog who has been plying the seas and oceans for 40 years, serving with the Merchant Navy, private yacht owners and latterly with a Maltese shipping company, is hoping to have the longest and happiest holiday of his life next summer when his wife and daughter leave their Ayrshire home and travel to Malta for three months.

He is Captain Ian Campbell, whose home is at 68 Eglinton Road, Ardrossan. For the past year or so he has been master of the freighter, the Angelka Bella, which runs a regular weekly service between Malta and Tripoli in North Africa. And for the past year or Captain Campbell has been living a bachelor life. That is why he is looking forward to his wife Christine and his daughter Coralie (19) paying him a visit. Mrs Campbell, who hails from Banff, does some teaching at Saltcoats Junior Secondary School. Captain Campbell, who is now 60, says that while his wife is looking forward to holidaying in Malta, she would not wish to live there permanently. Educated at Ardrossan Academy, he later took to writing poetry and also wrote for the Manchester Guardian. His sister-in-law, Miss Jean Munro, is also likely to be in the family party travelling to Malta. She is a teacher at Ardrossan Academy.

Last week when the joiners were repairing the floorboards in Saltcoats Town hall's Countess Picture House they found a bottle and inside it was a letter bill in good condition. Written on the bill were the names of the joiners who laid the floorboards on July 28, 1892. They included Mr A McKenzie, whose son, interestingly enough, was projectionist at the Countess for more than 30 years.

At about 1pm on Tuesday a bus and lorry were in collision in Princes Street, Ardrossan No-one was injured, but both vehicles were damaged. On the same day at 1.10pm a pedal cyclist and a bus were in collision at the junction of Glasgow Street and Barr Street, Ardrossan.

25 YEARS AGO on August 15, 1986
Local doctors are not being given information about radiation doses their patients receive while working at Hunterston's nuclear power plants. And the Tory MP for Cunninghame North John Corrie has said he sees no reason why such details should not be given to a GP.
"The more information that is available, the more the public's fears will be allayed," said the MP. The decision by the South of Scotland Electricity Board not to inform GPs about radiation doses as a matter of routine, whilst informing them about everything else, appears to be in line with the policy of the nuclear industry throughout the UK, including the Sellafield plant in Cumbria.

Rates may rise slightly next year because of Government cutbacks. The Scottish Office look certain to claw back over £50,000 from the district council as a penalty for overspending. For the 1986-87 financial year, CDC had to set a budget of £10.7M-nearly £200,000 higher than the Government guidelines.

The proposed installation of new water pipes in Stanley Road, Ardrossan, has blown up a storm, with tenants accusing their neighbour, Councillor Diane Davis, of preferential treatment. The councillor denies any such thing,

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From the Archives of the Ardrossan & Saltcoats Herald published on August 10, 2011

150 YEARS AGO on August, 1861

At the annual holiday in Largs an excursion party sailed to Ardrishaig and Inveraray on the steamer Juno. Largs Rifle and Dalry Bands supplied the music.

Property in Green Street, Saltcoats belonging to the late Mr A Davie and known as the Salt Granel was purchased by Capt J Craig for £180.

The annual excursion of Ardrossan railway station employees took place to Glasgow, with each worker receiving a free travelling ticket.

In the garden of Mr Thomas McIntyre at West Kilbride, a cabbage, when opened up, displayed twenty smaller cabbages inside, all well bowed and of good size.

Mr Muir MP visited his constituents in Arran.

50 YEARS AGO on August 18, 1961
Last week when Mr John McPherson, mate of the Ardrossan Harbour tug, was passing through Lochwinnoch on his motorcycle, a tyre blew out and he was thrown on to the roadway. He received slight injuries to both his hands.

We learn that Mr George Grant of Carmyle had hardly arrived in Saltcoats with his wife and three children last Saturday morning on a fortnight's holiday when he saved a little girl from drowning. On his first stroll along the front, Mr Grant, who is staying in Stanley Road, Saltcoats, encountered a group of people watching a girl of about seven years of age struggling in the Galloway Burn. Without hesitation, Mr Grant waded, fully-clothed, up to his waist into the water and brought the youngster ashore, none the worse for her experience.

In an effort to reduce the quantities of unlicensed firearms and ammunition in private hands, the Government has declared an amnesty until October 31. Anyone who has such firearms in their possession should take them along to the nearest police station and hand them in. No action will be taken against them.

Recently a small red balloon was found by a Saltcoats Burgh gardener in the grounds of Saltcoats Burgh Chambers, Montgomerie Crescent. The balloon was inflated and printed on either side of it was the word "virkisty', the letter K and the word 'Kahvilla'. How the balloon came to be there is not known.

On Wednesday moming a 13-year-old boy arrived at Ardrossan by train from Glasgow with the passengers who were joining the Belfast steamer. The boy discovered he was at the wrong pier and in fact wanted to get to Gourock to get the steamer to Tarbert, Loch Fyne. The local police took charge of the boy who told them he had been with friends in Edinburgh and that, on arriving in Glasgow, a railway porter had put him on the wrong train. The police gave the boy a voucher and put him on a train back to Edinburgh via Glasgow.

A rare flower which blossoms only once every 20 years has bloomed at Culzean Castle. It is a Mexican Yucca Gloriosa (Adam's Needle) with a very sharp foliage similar to a cactus.

25 YEARS AGO on August 22, 1986
Chemical giants ICI have taken the first steps to cut the workforce in the detonators department at their Ardeer Explosives plant. The 600 employees in the Stevenston detonators factory have this week been issued with voluntary redundancy notices.

The company have asked the workforce to think carefully about the future and take advantage of the offer. The redundancy moves come four weeks after the Herald exclusively revealed 150 jobs were to go in the detonators department.

The Three Towns could be in for a boom time when Finnish paper company Kaukus move to Irvine. It now looks certain that Kaukus, who specialise in manufacturing paper, will build a plant at Irvine - one of the biggest ever developments in Scotland The £200 million contract for Irvine will create more than 400 jobs on-site and over 500 in neighbouring towns in spin-offs. Kaukus had been looking at two sites in Scotland-Irvine and Linwood - but the Renfrewshire site was eventually passed over, leaving Irvine fighting against other potential sites across Europe.
However, those backing the local town say they are confident the package being put together to lure Kaukus here plus the ready and available workforce would sway things in North Ayrshire's favour

An 11-year-old chess nut is mak- ing moves into the spotlight of the chess world. Stephen Willetts, of Sandy Court, Seamill, only started playing the game a year ago but already has a large list of prizes to his name.

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From the Archives of the Ardrossan & Saltcoats Herald published on August 24, 2011

150 YEARS AGO on September, 1861
SIR Robert Napier is now residing with his family at Bath House, Ardrossan and Miss Spear, of Calicas Castle, is on a visit.

The Saltcoats 7th Ayrshire Volunteer Rifle Corps met at their practice ground in Stevenston to compete for the Marquis of Ailsa Trophy.

[Advertisement] A manager is wanted for the West Kilbride Gas Work. He must be able to execute gas fittings and be acquitted with pipe-laying. Salary is £35 per annum, with free house and gas.

[Advertisement] Wanted immediately- an active, healthy young man, from 18-25 years of age, who can read and write well, to be recommended as letter-carrier for the Burgh Of Ardrossan.

There were 48 arrivals at Ardrossan Harbour for one week and 44 sailings.

100 YEARS AGO on SEPTEMBER 1, 1911
Office-bearers were elected at the annual meeting of Saltcoats Swimming Club held in the Holly House Temperance Hotel Hotel, Saltcoats on Monday evening

Kilwinning Flower Show took place on the weekend.

Kilbirnie Angling Club held a competition for a gold badge presented by Mr William Law.

A quoiting competition was held by the Dairy club

50 YEARS AGO on SEPTEMBER 1, 1961
Miss Kathleen McCann, daughter of Mr and Mrs Thomas McCann, of Ardrossan left for Prestwick Airport to fly to Vancouver where she took up a PT. instructor in a school.

There were 61 arrivals, including two oil tankers at Ardrossan Harbour for the week ended, Saturday August 26.

Found and handed in at Saltcoats Police Station was a gents silver wristwatch, an ear plug and flex, a sack of potatoes and a gent's gold ring. Found and handed in at Ardrossan Police Station-half of a 10-note, several silver coins and a parcel containing gent's shirts and collars. A lady's shopping bag, two sums of money and a budgie were handed in to Stevenston Police Station.

The weather conditions were so bad on the Sunday that the motor boat that took the Sunday newspapers from Saltcoat
to Ardrossan was forced to return to Saltcoats.

A local bank was broken into at the weekend. The premises at 74 Princes Street were undergoing alterations at the time so the thieves were only able to lay their hands on the workman's tools. All the Bank of Scotland business is being conducted at their Harbour Street premises until the reconstruction at Princes Street is finished. Then the Harbour Street premises will be closed.

25 YEARS AGO on September 5, 1986
The group leader on Cunninghame District Council's ruling Labour administration resigned this week as the Herald had
predicted the previous week. Councillor Drew Duncan split the ranks last week at the full council meeting when he sided with the opposition and won a vote against his own party.
The vote over leisure facilities in the Garnock Valley and Largs was a close one but Councillor Duncan together with another six Labour group members pushed through an opposition amendment 12-11. His letter of resignation was lodged a few days later.

Vandalism at Stevenston Industrial estate could cost the taxpayer £1,000. Factory front had been spray painted and damaged by vandals in recent months in the Portland Place Estate.

An estate agent who viewed a house to put it on the market for its owners fell in love with it and bought it himself.
Local businessman Billy Kirkwood visited the Kennedy-Cochran-Patrick house Whinhurst in West Kilbride and knew instantly it was the house for him.

Asset's new chief executive was 60- year-old Ken Fraser, formerly managing director of the Fraser-Westfield Motor Group.
Mr Fraser took up the £18,000 a year post on Monday. He replaced Douglas Martyn who had left for a job in Glasgow.
Bleak unemployment figures just published for the Three Towns show that the jobless only stand a one in 15 chance of landing a job. There are now over 4,000 people on the dole in the Three Towns. In the month of June, there are only 257 local jobs notified to the Jobcentre.

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From the Archives of the Ardrossan & Saltcoats Herald published on August 31, 2011

150 YEARS AGO on September 1861
OF THE 300 looms in Saltcoats, not more than 90 are working and these are weaving a class of goods for which little remuneration is given. However, the harvest and Ardrossan Harbour have employed a good many persons who otherwise would have been idle.

A money order counter is to be opened at West Kilbride Post Office. Parties in the habit of receiving or remitting sums of money by post should take the opportunity of doing so by means of post office orders.

By a Parliamentary return, the length of line opened in connection with the Glasgow and South Western Railway is 234 miles. The company possess 122 locomotives, 229 passenger carriages and 4287 waggons for cattle and goods.

The Commissioners of Supply for the County of Ayr held a Court in Ardrossan to hear appeals against valuation.

100 YEARS AGO on September 1911
The first competition of Ardrossan and Saltcoats Golf Club for the Captain's Medal, presented by Mr John Stewart, look place on Saturday when the winner was WG Bamic.

Dalry Territorials held a shooting compettion at Ryefield Range on on Saturday when the principal scorers were Sergeant James Smith and Sergeant W Reid

Mr James Morrison, Baker, Stevenston, has won four awards at the bakers' exhibition held this week in the Agricultural Hall, Islington, London There were 106 entrants for a points com- petition on West Kilbride Bowling Green last Saturday

50 YEARS AGO on September 8, 1961
Ardrossan is losing its only cinema this weekend. Tomorrow (Saturday) the Lyric, Princes Street, gives its last performance. The reason for the closure of the cinema, which has been operated for many years, latterly by the Ardrossan Picture House Co Ltd, is stated to be "falling attendances". The future of the premises, the running of which has been judged to be un-economic, has yet to be decided.

We have been asked if the top part of Kilmahew Street, Ardrossan, from St John's Church to the dividing wall at the coal depot, was at one time known as Quarry Lane.

The Burgh Surveyors Office inform as that the proper name was Montgomerie Lane. For many years Paisley Street, Ardrossan was known as Wee Dublin and Hill Street as Cannon Hill Lane.
Local people now living abroad would not recognise Ardrossan Harbour these days as so many alterations have been made. The offices opposite the old dock gates have now been demolished.

A bicycle which belonged to a Troon schoolboy and which was stolen on Monday of last week turned up near Lemontown, Stirlingshire, where it had been abandoned.

The police inform us that the amnesty for those in possession illegally of firearms and ammunition continues until the end of October.

25 YEARS AGO on September 12, 1986
A massive rates rise could be imposed to help councillors foot the bill for the colossal rent increases for CDC's headquarters in Irvine. Land Securities Ltd, who own Cunninghame House, want to raise the council's rent from the present £153,000 to a massive £458,000.Angry councillors are now looking at alternative sites within the north of Ayrshire to re-house the council

Local athletes who competed in the Commonwealth Games are the toast of the district. The District Council are to hold a special Civic Reception for all the district's athletes to -honour them. Leisure chairman Stewart Dewar s said: "It's time to honour them for all their efforts."

Brian Wilson, the Labour Party's Prospective Parliamentary candidate, was in the constituency with Labour's 'On The Move' bus in the company of Shadow Secretary of State Donald Dewar this week. Mr Wilson hopes to oppose MP John Corrie at the next General Election.

The new priest at St John's Church, Stevenston, confesses he is not looking forward to a winter in Ayrshire after seven years in Italy. Fr William McFadden (25), was ordained a year ago but went back to Rome. Fr McFadden is now living in the St John's Parish House.

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From the Archives of the Ardrossan & Saltcoats Herald published on September 7, 2011

150 YEARS AGO on September, 1861
A MEETING of the Town Council of Ardrossan was held in the Town Clerk's Chambers, Provost Barr presiding. The object of the meeting was to appoint an auditor to examine the treasurer's books and to revise the roll of householders qualified to vote at the ensuing municipal election.

MR CRAUFORD MP, the Honourable Member for Ayr Burghs, passed through Ardrossan on the way to his estate at West Kilbride. He met his constituents at Campbeltown the previous day.

ABOUT thirty gentlemen met in the Free Church Schoolroom, Saltcoats, under the chairmanship of James Fullerton, Esq, to honour Mr Robert Orr, painter, who is leaving the town to take up an appointment in Ireland.

100 YEARS AGO on September 22, 1911
THE directors of the Ardrossan Harbour Company, at a meeting this week, appointed Captain R W Orr of Preston as the new harbour master at the port. Captain Orr is a native of Kilbimie

IN AID of the Rowland Hill Memorial Benevolent Fund, a lantem entertainment and concert took place in Saltcoats Town Hall on Tuesday evening when the programme was sustained by Miss Polly Jeffrey, Miss Marie Thomson, Mr J Forrest, Mr AS Webb, Mr JT Woodburn and Mr H Macmillan.

THE first annual general meeting of Stevenston Tennis Club was held last Friday when the office-bearers were elected as fol- lows: Hon president, Mr John Wylie; hon, vice-presidents, Messes, Robert Main William Kerr, George McGregor, George Sinclair and the Rev. JC O'Neill; secretary and treasurer, Mr DB McLean

50 YEARS AGO on September 8, 1961
THE electrical storm which rages over Scotland for more than twelve hours through- out last Saturday night and Sunday morning did not spare Androssan and Saltcoats, however, its effects were slight compared with those experienced in other areas. Lightning struck a television aerial on the roof of a house at 34 Weir Road, Ardrossan, and the lead to the set ignited. Sixteen yards of flex were destroyed, but Ardrossan Fire Brigade quickly put out the flames before any serious damage was done. Damage to telephones in the area was fairly extensive and widespread. More than 200 telephones were reported to be out of order and flooding caused eight underground cable faults.

Farms and cottages where without electricity after lightning had shattered fuse containers situated on the hillside below Knockrivoch Farm. The thunder storm kept the Hydro Board engineers busy owing to the power being cut off. The church organ was silent on Sunday until well on in the service when the power was restored.

When the yacht Periwinkle was sailing in Lamlash Bay, lightning flashed down the mast and across the deck, but the yachtsman said that no damage had been done. Dr Robe. Buchanan who was laying up his yacht for the season, also felt the impact of lightning running along a cable, and people in small craft with outboard engines had similar experiences.
During the gale last Saturday chalets on Troon beach were damaged and at the height of the storm.

A 13-year-old boy had a narrow escape when he was blown from his bicycle into the path of an oncoming bus in Ayr Street, With great skill the driver swerved the bus almost on to the pavement and succeeded in avoiding the boy
Local football games on the Saturday afternoon were also affected. Games between Troon and Ardeer Rec, and Ardrossan Winton Rovers and Largs Thistle where hampered by gale force winds. The league game between Saltcoats Victoria and Beith was also disturbed when the howling winds sent flurries of sea-spray across the pitch.

25 YEARS AGO on September 19, 1986
THE regional axe may fall on St Mary's School, Saltcoats, next year as part of a cost- cutting exercise. The school which has a roll of 171 is one of 69 primary schools identified by the region as possible closures. Altogether there are 84 schools in the region presently under scrutiny by a special regional committee.

Closing or amalgamating the 84 schools would save the region around £10 million a year in the education budget.
The decision to close schools has been fired by the falling school rolls over the past decade and consequently the increase in surplus accommodation. And the committee has said that the number of schools expected to close before 1990 may not be the only ones if school rolls keep falling.

YESTERDAY (Thursday) a sod-cutting ceremony was held at Auchenharvie to mark the start of the work on the new ice rink

TO CELEBRATE the start of the electric train services between Glasgow and Ayr on Monday September 29, ScotRail are sponsoring Ayrshire sporting events. In addition an Ayrshire Electrification Display will be mounted at the modemised Ayr station on Sunday, September 28, philatelists will be able to add a special envelope and franking to their collection; and photographers can enter an Ayrshire photographic contest.

The £84 million Ayrshire electric service between Ayr and Glasgow will be officially inaugurated by Sir Robert Reid, Chairman of the British Railways Board on Monday September 29. Electric services will be extended to Ardrossan in January and to Largs by May.

THE Arran Sheep Dog Trials will be held on the Machrie Golf Course on Saturday afternoon. Competitors from all over Scotland will take part in what is thought to be the country's oldest sheepdog trials.

A LETTER has been issued to parents of children attending Auchenharvie Academy stating that the rector has to try to safeguard that bicycles do not get stolen and that they are not ridden to the danger of other pupils, staff or members of the public. The rector has now put certain conditions upon those who come to school by bike: all bicycles have to be locked up in an inner courtyard at 8.50am; they can be take out at 12.05pen but must be returned by 12.50pm; and there is to be absolutely no riding of bikes within the school ground.

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From the Archives of the Ardrossan & Saltcoats Herald published on September 14, 2011

150 YEARS AGO on SEPTEMBER 1861
STEVENSTON Subscription School examination took place in the presence of 180 males and females. Mr Harwood teaches the boys and Miss Young is in charge of the girls.

Ardeer Bowling Club had Glengarnock Club as guests in their annual match involving seven rinks aside. The result was Ardeer 229, Glengarnock 187.

The number of arrivals at Ardrossan Harbour for one week was 48 and there were 52 sailings.

The American ship Globe, from Richmond, Virginia, which berthed at Ardrossan, has been purchased by Captain Goodwin, Mr McJennet and others. The ship is of 430 tons register and carries from 600 to 700 tons of cargo. Her name will be changed to Colleen Bawn, after the successful Irish play of last year set in Garryowen, and she will be registered at Ardrossan.

100 YEARS AGO on SEPTEMBER 22, 1911
The directors of Ardrossan Harbour Company, at a meeting this week, appointed Captain RW Orr, Preston, as the new harbour master of the port. Captain Orr is a native of Kilbimie.

In aid of the Rowland Hill Memorial Benevolent Fund, a lantern entertainment and concert took place in Saltcoats Town Hall on Tuesday when the programme was sustained by Miss Polly Jeffrey, Miss Marie Thomson, Mr J Forrest, Mr AS Webb, Mr JT Woodburn and Mr H Macmillan.

The first annual general meeting of Stevenston Tennis Club was held and the office-bearers for the coming year elected this week.

50 YEARS AGO on SEPTEMBER 22, 1961
Parents of Roman Catholic children in the primary department of St Peter's School, Ardrossan have formed a committee to oppose the use of part of the old Saltcoats JS School as accommodation for their children. Four classes of children from St Peter's are currently being taught in the Saltcoats school, which is also being used by children from Kyleshill Primary.

A petition signed by 99 tenants in Barrie Terrace, Ardrossan, protesting against their rents being raised to the same level as those for newly-erected municipal schemes in Ardrossan has been noted by the Town Council, who have decided that they can't differentiate between houses of the same accommodation in various parts of the town.

During the gale last Saturday three motor boats sank in Saltcoats Harbour. The Sunday newspaper boat made the crossing to Arran as usual despite the weather.

One question put to us this week concerns the Shell Refinery, and what use the ground was put to before the oil installations were erected in the mid-Twenties. Sixty years ago the ground was wasteland and the property of Ardrossan Harbour. Dockers formed a team known as Celtic and were given permission to level part of the ground off as a football field. After a hard day's work in the holds of the ship they worked on the sports ground and made a good job of it.
Ardrossan Model yacht club used part of the site without much success and the Celtic club packed up by 1913. Later, two brothers had a pigsty there for some years.

25 YEARS AGO on SEPTEMBER 26, 1986
The £2.4 million ice rink project at Auchenharvie officially got its skates on this week. Cunninghame District Council convener Teresa Beattie dug out the first turf on the site on Thursday. The council are providing the cash for the project but it's hoped that the EEC and the Sports Council might make grants later.

A mind-blowing cocktail of alcohol and nail varnish caused vandals to rampage through Ardrossan cemetery. The crazed teenagers damaged 18 headstones, many of which cannot be repaired, on Wednesday night. Around 20 13-14-year-old were spotted at the scene prior to the incident.

Councillor Mike McGuire was swept to power as the new leader of CDC's ruling Labour Group at a private meeting on Monday. His appointment comes in the wake of councillor Drew Duncan's controversial resignation after siding with the Tories in a vote.

British Rail's electric trains ground to a halt on Sunday because someone did not give a hoot about the £84 electrification project. The electrified lines officially open this week but ScotRail gave them a trial run at the weekend. However, things did not go according to plan because of problems with a wayward owl.
The bird landed on the overhead lines near Dalry about 5.15am on Sunday. There was a loud bang and the wires came down-along with the dead bird. Delays lasted for two hours before the trial runs could resume.

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From the Archives of the Ardrossan & Saltcoats Herald published on September 21, 2011

150 YEARS AGO on September 29, 1861
The Town Council of Ardrossan having resolved to include within the bounds of the burgh the new block of houses behind Princes Street and at the harbour, this week erected additional lamp posts in that part of the town.

Ayrshire will be represented at the sham fight in Pollok Park, Glasgow, by the 1st Ayrshire Artillery and the 3rd Ayrshire Rifles.

The Rev J Hughes, of Baltimore, delivered a lecture on slavery in the established church, Ardrossan. The Rev. John McColl was in the chair.

Ardeer Bowling Club took on games with Kerelaw, Ardrossan and Irvine clubs. The results being as follows: Ardeer 107 Kerlaw 85, Ardeer 116 Ardrossan 104, Ardeer 134 Ardrossan 107

50 YEARS AGO on September 29, 1961
Rents from municipal houses in Stevenston are to be increased from an annual average of £17 10s to an average of £30. This was decided at a special meeting of the Town Council on Tuesday night which was unanimously agreed and was to become effective on November 15. Because a large proportion of the town's ratepayers are Council tenants, the benefits of an expected reduction in rates, as a consequence of the rents increase, will reduce the effect of the rents rise.

Congratulations went to Mr and Mrs William Seggie of Kerr Avenue, Saltcoats who last week celebrated their golden wedding anniversary. They were married in the Eglinton Arms Hotel, Ardrossan on September 20, 1911 by the Rev DD Rees.

19-year-old Jimmy Armstrong from Queen's Drive in Ardrossan was one of 19 men from the Parachute Regiment who flew to Arnhem and jumped 800 feet on to the heather-covered heath. Just 17 years earlier another generation of Red Devils dropped and then fought bravely for their lives.

Over 3000 people travelled from Ardrossan to Arran last Friday and Saturday for the Glasgow weekend. There were also a number of visitors in Ardrossan and Saltcoats but the inclement weather on Monday led to some early departures.

Rents of council houses in Ayrshire are to be increased by £2 10s for each apartment. This was decided at a special meeting of Landward members following the normal meeting of the County Council on Tuesday. The total increase represents a rise of 50 percent

25 YEARS AGO on October 3, 1986
Services in Cunninghame could be in line for a major boost if a radical plan by council to spend, spend and spend goes ahead. Cunninghame District Council have made a desperate £2.4 million cash plea to the Scottish Office which would see a massive upgrade in services in the area.

The proposed one-way route in Stevenston has left the local community divided on whether it's the right way forward for the town.

The hammer finally fell on Norce Fabrications in Ardrossan. The company, which at its peak employed around 50 people, closed with the loss of just six jobs. Hamilton auctioneers Shirlaw, Allan and Company finally put the ailing factory up for sale.

Strathclyde Regional Council are looking into the problems of flooding in New Street, Stevenston to try and sort the problems that have plagued the area for years

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