Wood fam­ily to In­ver­aray’s res­cue – 40 years ago

How two brothers helped the town in 1977

Argyllshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

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.

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