Wood family to Inveraray’s rescue – 40 years ago
How two brothers helped the town in 1977
EARLIER this week the Argyllshire Advertiser was sent a tattered, yellowing copy of our newspaper from 40 years ago – and it contains some rare gems.
The reason for receiving the paper is revealed on page 31, but there were a number of items which caught our eye in that week’s edition, dated October 21 1977.
The main front page photograph features two strapping young ambulancemen, newly arrived in Inveraray.
The arrival of brothers David and Benny Wood was a big boost to the area.
When the previous ambulanceman – as they were then known – left, there was no available housing for his replacement.
Since May 1977 the Inveraray depot had been covered by units from Dalmally, Lochgilphead and Vale of Leven. Then Argyll and Bute District Council allocated a vacant home to Benny, his wife and three children.
David then moved into digs with Benny and the family – which meant, however, that he only got to see his own wife and children every second weekend as they were still in his former home. David told the Advertiser at the time that the council had promised to classify him as a key worker and he was hopeful a house would come up soon.
Look out for some other wee gems from 1977 in future editions of the Argyllshire Advertiser.
Brothers David, left, and Benny Wood beside their ambulance.