Days gone by – flower power in 1997

This week we travel back to June in 1997 and a pho­to­graph of young­sters from Fort Wil­liam Pri­mary School who were plant­ing new flower beds at the town’s leisure cen­tre.

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Fol­low­ing our pic­ture of April 20, reader Hughie McNeill wrote to say: ‘ The photo was taken at the launch of the Colon­say Disco Club. The adults at the back row are the late Laura Rose, Kate Bow­man and my­self. We, along with John Camp­bell and a few oth­ers, were the found­ing mem­bers of the club. It was started to pro­vide some­thing for lo­cal chil­dren to do at week­ends. The chil­dren make up the rest of the photo and I can put names to all but one of them. At that time, weekly ceilidhs were held on a Thurs­day night so we de­cided that Satur­day night would be disco night. The club was a great suc­cess and ran for many years. I took over as “head DJ” when John Camp­bell left. I used to lis­ten to the new pop chart be­ing an­nounced on a Tues­day af­ter­noon then tele­phone Dou­glas’ Record Shop in Oban and put in an or­der for the week’s new hits. They would post the records off to us and they would ar­rive on Fri­day af­ter­noon in time for the Satur­day night disco. The dis­cos were mostly held in the vil­lage hall (then at Kilo­ran) and oc­ca­sion­ally out- of-sea­son ones would be held in the games room at the ho­tel. They were very pop­u­lar with lo­cal kids and, af­ter 10.30pm, some of the “young at heart” would ar­rive from the pub and keep the danc­ing go­ing into the wee hours. It was a highly en­joy­able time and af­ter we had raised money to buy our decks and light­ing we con­tin­ued to raise funds via spon­sored walks etc which we do­nated to var­i­ous char­i­ties. Happy days!’

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