Plenty of posies and warm welcome for Argyll’s royal visitor

ON A rearranged trip to the region, The Princess Royal was given a warm welcome in Argyll.

After a planned visit was called off last year due to ill health, the Princess enjoyed a tour on Wednesday May 23 of the Riverside complex, visiting Riverside Rascals Nursery, Mid Argyll Community Pool and the Citizens Advice offices.

Speaking as patron of Citizens Advice Scotland, Her Royal Highness praised the efforts of staff and volunteers in a ‘tricky’

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Winning start for pipe band champions

THE 2016 Grade One champion of champions pipe band, Inveraray and District, made a winning start to the new season with victory at Gourock Games on May 14, 2017.

They were pushed all the way, though, by Scottish Power.

Full story in the May 19, 2017 edition of the Argyllshire Advertiser.

Food, glorious food – and magnificent music

OYSTERS, cupcakes, beer, venison burgers and smoked halibut.

Not a bad start, but there was plenty more than these local delicacies to enjoy at Argyll’s festival of food, music and great craic – set in stunning surroundings.

Read all about the 2017 Loch Fyne Food Fair in the May 19, 2017 edition of the Argyllshire Advertiser.

A graceful visitor in majestic Loch Fyne

Majestic Fred Olsen cruise ship ‘Boudicca’ made a welcome return to Loch Fyne, Argyll on the morning of May 9, 2017.

After a quick turnaround at Inveraray, it was back down the 40-mile-long sea loch to Tarbert, where the ship lay at anchor and passengers disembarked.

Here she is filmed from the Dalchenna shore just after 7.30am, cruising in calm conditions between St Catherines on one side and the Argyll Caravan Park on the other.

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No Tarbert Flower Show as interest wilts

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NO TARBERT Flower Show will be held this year after just two members of the public turned up to a crunch meeting on the show’s future.

The meeting was called in a last-ditch effort to raise volunteers and committee members – both of which are desperately needed to keep the show alive.

The existing Tarbert Flower and Vegetable Show committee members felt that they could no longer continue, mainly due to a combination advancing years and ill health.

At the public meeting on April 20, while

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Political winds turn air a shade of blue in Argyll and Bute

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THE SUN shone on Argyll and Bute for the council election on Thursday May 4 – but it was the Scottish Conservatives and SNP with a rosy glow after the votes were tallied the following day.

Along with the LibDems, each increased their numbers around the council chamber.

After a hard day of counting at Lochgilphead Joint Campus, the final overall make-up of Argyll and Bute Council is now (with numbers in previous council in brackets) SNP: 11 (8), Independents: 10 (18), Scottish Conservatives

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Lift off for Argyll and Bute election count

THE ballot boxes have landed, so the counting can begin.

On the day after the Scottish local elections on May 4, ballot boxes were delivered by air from the many island wards within Argyll and Bute Council.

As the choppers landed in Lochgilphead at 7.30am on Friday May 5, there to oversee the handover was Charles Reppke, depute returning officer and also the council’s head of governance and law.

The flying ballot boxes’ arrival heralded

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Give ticks a flea in their ear

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VETS had the dog and cat owners scratching their heads at a talk on parasites.

Nothing to do with the quality of presentation led by Lochgilphead vet Justine Armstrong of Dalriada Veterinary Practice – but all to do with the subject matter of fleas.

Plenty of tips were offered on how to deal with external parasite such as fleas and ticks, as well as internal nasties like tapeworm and roundworms.

Read the full story in the May 5, 2017 edition of the Argyllshire Advertiser.

Quiet start to polling day in Mid Argyll

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A QUICK tour round some Mid Argyll polling stations suggests a quiet start to voting in the 2017 council elections on Thursday May 4.

Not a single rosette-sporting party supporter or candidate was seen near the sun-drenched polling stations visited by the Argyllshire Advertiser on the morning of polling day – and very few voters – but there is still time before polls close at 10pm.

Counting will start at breakfast time on Friday May 5, with results available on this website as they

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Kintyre and Islands candidates speak ahead of vote

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ALL OF the introductory statements from the Kintyre and Islands ward – which includes Tarbert and north Kintyre – candidates at the Argyllshire Advertiser Tarbert hustings are now available to view individually.

Click on the links below to see and hear what they have to say ahead of the Argyll and Bute Council election on Thursday May 4.

Robin Currie, LibDem

Anne Horn, SNP

Michael Kelly, Labour and Co-operative

John McAlpine, Independent

Alastair Redman, Scottish Conservative

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