Miracle escape for surfer rescued 13 miles offshore

Matthew Bryce Pic: Police Scotland

Matthew Bryce. Photo: Police Scotland

WEARING the right clothing and calm sea conditions probably helped save the life of a 22-year-old surfer rescued 13 miles off the Kintyre coast – after more than 30 hours in the water.

Matthew Bryce, aged 22 and from Glasgow, was reported missing by his family on Monday May 1 after he failed to return from a surfing trip a day earlier to Westport beach in Kintyre.

Belfast Coastguard coordinated a search, involving RNLI lifeboats from Campbeltown, Islay and Red Bay and Coastguard rescue teams

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MOK run entries will go fast

Mok run Kintyre 2014

It is the racing event everyone wants to be part of. Entries for last year’s MOK half marathon and 10k in Campbeltown were snapped up within 24 hours.

There are some extra places this year, but those wanting to take part in the Sunday, May 24 event are urged to be on the starting line when entries open online on January 2.

Elaine McGeachy, one of the MOKRUN organisers, said: ‘We expect entries to be snapped up just as fast as last year. There will also be no reserve list, so there

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Lochgilphead senior boys take home schools’ tournament title

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Lochgilphead High School’s senior boys retained their title in the MAKI (Mid Argyll, Kintyre and Islay) Schools Football Tournament.

But, in an event typically dominated by Lochgilphead and Campbeltown students the four trophies available for juniors, seniors, boys and girls headed home in different  directions.

For the full story see the Argyllshire Advertiser, October 31 2014, also available online at www.argyllshireadvertiser.co.uk/digital

Mid Argyll Sports Club open day competition success

mid argyll sports day 2014

After five hours of competition from 120 athletes, Mid Argyll Athletics Club lifted four titles out of a possible 12 in the club’s annual open sports day.

At Lochgilphead Joint Campus in perfect weather, it was Kintyre athletes who were most successful, winning six out of the 12 age categories, with the Oban area taking two.

For more photos and a run-down of prizewinners see the Argyllshire Advertiser, June 20 2014. Also on line at www.argyllshireadvertiser.co.uk/digital

Magic kayaker to conjure up funds for Tarbert ‘little gym’

Dave mcBride kayak majik

A father is to claim ‘the island’ of Kintyre as his own and raise funds for a community project when he kayaks his way around the peninsula – including dragging his vessel overland in the process.

Dave McBride, of Kayak Majik, will paddle the 100 miles around the Kintyre Peninsula on June 25 to coincide with the start of the first ever Loch Fyne Fest.

Read the full story in the Argyllshire Advertiser, also on line at www.argyllshireadvertiser.co.uk/digital

Tarbert takes ‘best stage’ prize at Kintyre Drama Festival


DRAMA students from Tarbert Academy won the Best Stage Presentation category at the 2013 Kintyre Drama Festival as the three-day event, February 18-20 2013, drew to a close. Continue reading Tarbert takes ‘best stage’ prize at Kintyre Drama Festival

A83 closed at Tayinloan after car overturns


The A83 was closed for an hour and a half on the morning of  Tuesday September 18, because of an over-turned car near Tayinloan.

The female driver of the car was taken to Campbeltown Hospital but it is believed any injuries are not serious.

Traffic between Campbeltown and Tarbert was affected as police dealt with the incident.

See the Argyllshire Advertiser every Friday for all your Mid Argyll news, also on line at www.argyllshireadvertiser.co.uk/digital

Southend’s Susan wins Arran prize in Squeak competition


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IT will be a first-time trip to Arran for Southend, Kintyre, resident Susan Davies, our competition winner who picked up the prize of a two-night bed and breakfast stay at the Auchrannie Spa Resort. Continue reading Southend’s Susan wins Arran prize in Squeak competition

Lochgilphead lifts trophy at Kintyre drama festival


Prizewinners at Kintyre and District Drama Festival

Lochgilphead Drama Club stole the show at the Kintyre and District Drama Festival as one of six drama clubs from across Argyll to take to the stage over two  nights. Continue reading Lochgilphead lifts trophy at Kintyre drama festival

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