Saltcoats - On This Day In History

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Kilmarnock Herald and Ayrshire Gazette
May 21, 1948

The Marigold Hotel.

The Marigold Hotel and Restaurant, Windmill Street Saltcoats, has, temporarily at least, closed its doors, It seems that on the evening of Friday, 7th May, after attendance at a function in Kilwinning at which the "Marigold" did the catering, the waitresses were told that they need not come in on the following day.

Between Friday night and Saturday morning Mr James Paterson, the proprietor, with his wife, family and Mrs Alcorn manageress, departed with their personal effects. There is no verification to hand that the hotel has been sold at a figure of £8,000.

A rumour that Provost James Reid, J.P. was interested either personally or on behalf of the Ardrossan Co-operative Society. Ltd., of which he is chairman, was scotched by the Provost himself. A visit which he made to the premises (he got no further than the locked door) was made in company with Councillor Stark and Mr Ross, the Burgh Chamberlain, purely as a matter of interest in view of rates due to the Burgh in respect of the premises.

We are informed that the "Marigold" was well booked up for the summer season. What now happens to these intending holidaymakers will depend on subsequent developments.
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Ardrossan & Saltcoats Herald
June 2, 1905

Band Stand At Saltcoats

Tomorrow afternoon the Band Stand which has been erected in the Melbourne Park at Saltcoats will be opened by Mrs Blakely. It is indeed a fitting circumstance Mrs Blakely, whose work in connection with the Band Bazaar was so much and deservedly appreciated, should have the honour of performing the ceremony of opening the Band Stand.

The Band Stand has been erected by Messers Walter Macfarlane & Co., of the Saracen Foundry, Glasgow. It is similar is design to that in the Maxwell Park, Glasgow, with the exception than the floor is of concrete instead of wood. The Stand is mounted on foundations of terra-cotta and red sandstone, and the manner of construction affords a chamber of considerable storage capacity, in which chairs supplied for the convenience of the audience might be stored. It is altogether a pleasing erection.

The painting work was is the hands of Mr McGavin, Saltcoats, and the protecting railings round the stand is the work of Mr John Arnott, Saltcoats. The foundations were put in at the expense, and the whole structure has been built under the supervision of Mr Robertson, burgh surveyor. The cost of the Band Stand will be about £390. A very pleasing musical performance has been prepared for the opening, the Ardrossan, Saltcoats and Stevenston Choral and Orchestral Society cooperating with the Band in this matter.
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Kilmarnock Herald and Ayrshire Gazette
June 20, 1952

Rockvale transfer?

Northern Ayrshire Hospitals Board decided on Wednesday to inspect Rockvale Child Welfare Home in Saltcoats. Southern Ayrshire Hospitals Board have already intimated that they think the Home should be under administration of the Northern Board. It has already been suggested to the Northern Board by one of their members that the Home might be a useful place to convert into a home for chronic sick.

See earlier topic discussing Rockvale
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Kilmarnock Herald and Ayrshire Gazette
July 12, 1940

Special Constables Inspected

About ninety-two special constables from Ardrossan, Saltcoats and Stevenston were inspected in the yard behind Saltcoats Town Hall on Tuesday night by Brigadier-General Dudgeon, who, in a speech, expressed himself as well pleased with their general all-round ability.
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Kilmarnock Herald and Ayrshire Gazette
July 21, 1950

Thomas (13) Saves Thomas (11)

Prompt action by a 13-yearold Saltcoats boy averted a drowning tragedy at Sandylands promenade last Friday. 11-year-old Thomas Marshall, who resides at 1 Arthur Street, Saltcoats, got into difficulties while bathing. Two friends shouted for help and 13-year-old Thomas Dallas, 42 Canal Street, went into the water, brought Thomas No. 1 to the beach unconscious, and applied artificial respiration. The rescued boy recovered and was able to return to his home little the worse of his experience.
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Kilmarnock Herald and Ayrshire Gazette
August 19, 1949

Police Combat Burning Gas Pipe.

The action of police officers in throwing water from buckets on to a burning gas pipe kept an outbreak of fire from spreading till a detachment of Ardrossan Fire Brigade arrived on the scene and extinguished it. The outbreak occurred about 2 o'clock on Monday afternoon, in the back shop of the premises occupied by J. Goldie, tile fireplace builder, at 23 Bradshaw Street, Saltcoats.

Smoke from the premises, which were unoccupied at the time, attracted the attention of the police, who burst open the door and called the Fire Brigade. There are dwelling houses above the shop but damage was confined to the immediate vicinity of the gas pipe and two sets of tlles stored in the back shop.
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August 30, 1895

Rosebank Football Club

Grand Juvenile Five-a Side Tournament at Brewery Field, Saltcoats, on SATURDAY, 7TH September. First Prize, Gold Badges: 2nd Prize, Silver Badges. Entries, 2s 6d each team. Entries close 6TH September with Jas. Anderson, Secretary, 12 Springvale Street, Saltcoats.

Above advert appeared after an earlier successful five-a-side tournament won by Partick Thistle, reported in the Glasgow Herald on the 15th of July. Here
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Kilmarnock Herald and Ayrshire Gazette
September 17, 1948

Getting Around And About
(with the Coaster)
Met the well-known ex. football player, Sanny Simpson, of Adam's Avenue, Saltcoats, last Saturday; and he showed me a remarkable letter from a Dutch lady. The letter was remarkable for two things; the excellent, not to say almost artistic, writing, and the excellent English. This lady, widow of a doctor of medicine, has been attending to the grave of Sanny's son who was a regular in the Air Force (having served from 1936 to 1942 when he crashed). And, learning that he and Mrs Simpson are on their way to Holland to visit grave, she was extending an invitation to them to call and see her. I was informed that she and the other women in the same place have given careful and, one might say, loving attention to these graves. This was borne out by the photograph that was shown me.

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If family members require more details - see the Commonwealth War Graves site: https://www.cwgc.org/

SIMPSON, Sgt. (Flt. Engr.) ALEXANDER, 571779. R.A.F. 405 (R.C.A.F.) Sqdn. 30th June, 1942. Age 21.
Son of Alexander Stewart Simpson and Annie Campbell Macadam Simpson, of Saltcoats, Ayrshire.
Plot G. Row 1. Grave 7.
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Kilmarnock Herald and Ayrshire Gazette
September 27, 1946

Getting Around And About
- With The Coaster (extract)
Mr Hamilton has been at the baths since 1939 and returned this year after five year's service in the R.A.F medical ??ac. His last station was India where he was Air Force Liaison man in an army hospital. Despite the caller' summer he has endured he has no wish to return to India's sunny clime. In .act,(?) the happiest day of his life was the day he sailed for home, even in the troopship was endowed with every worst feature of these ships which service men abhorred (our Waterfront reporter tells me that to call troopdeck life "lousy is to give it high praise!).

On the way out to India, Mr Hamilton went by air. He left this country on VE day and spent 32 hours in the air before he was landed at Karachi and informed that he had arrived. He is that refreshing type of man who takes a 100 per cent interest in his Job and his success can be gauged by the ever growing number of young swimmers he has trained down at Saltpans.
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Like him or not he certainly was an imposing figure barking out instructions from the side of the pool in his all white outfit. He certainly scared a few kids in his time.
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Yes, Angus, always an imposing figure, and always in white.
Here's how I remember him:

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Kilmarnock Herald and Ayrshire Gazette
On the Waterfront
October 6, 1950

The following appeared in the "Glasgow Evening News" on Tuesday.

For nearly a half century Captain A. B. Bannatyne, O.B.E., of Saltcoats, has sailed through the terrors of two world wars. Now to him has fallen what every master hopes for-command of his company's newest ship. She is the 11,975 (deadweight) tons Manaar, built for the fleet of Thomas and John Brocklebank Ltd. by William Hamilton and Co., Ltd., of Port Glasgow.

Her commissioning brings the line's fleet to a total of 23 ships aggregating 185,749 gross tons. A fine cargo passenger liner with accommodation and equipment that more than satisfies exacting modern standards, Manaar is a vessel worthy of the man that commands her.

Captain Bannatyne went to sea as an apprentice in 1907 with the Glasgow firm of Abram, Adle and Cousin, and transferred when he gained his second mate's certificate in 1912, to "Paddy" Henderson's. From December, 1914, till December, 1919, he was a "Government employee," having joined the R.N.R. and helped establish fixed and boom defences in the U.K. and overseas. On his demobilisation he held the rank of lieutenant, R.N.R.

For his services he was awarded the O.B.E. (Military Div.) and for his barrage work with the Allied Powers in the Straits of Otranto, where he represented the Admiralty, he got the Order of the Crown of Italy. In September of that year he began his long and faithful service with Brocklebank's as third officer in the new Manipur

In 1925 he put up his chief officer's bands in the Mangalore. While serving in the Masirah he was in charge of the lifeboat that rescued 17 men from the brig Delhi during a cyclone in the Bay of Bengal. The captain's first command came in April, 1939—that of the Mahanaja.
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