Lisa and Moyra are spot on!
‘A Christmas miracle!’ is how a pair of Argyll and Bute Council colleagues described their win in the Courier’s Spot The Ball competition in the lead up to Santa’s arrival, writes Hannah O’Hanlon. Housing advice assistant Lisa Nicolson and housing improvement officer Moyra Paterson, both based in Campbeltown’s Burnet building, scooped the £3,900 jackpot after their joint entry was on the ball in the November 30 competition. The ladies, who submit two joint entries each week, have decided to split the money in half, although it was Lisa who placed the winning cross. Lisa received a phone call to tell her the ‘lovely news’ that they had won while she was still at work but Moyra had left for the day. She said: ‘I knew she was getting a treatment at beauty salon Bliss and wouldn’t have mobile phone signal once she went home,’ Lisa said. ‘I wanted to tell her in person anyway, so I went round and interrupted her appointment.’ Amazed ‘I was absolutely amazed,’ Moyra said. ‘Lisa has said for months and months that we would win the competition around Christmas and I didn’t believe her, but she predicted it!’ The ladies, who started playing around a year ago and received £25 for a nearmiss shortly after, said they have decided to keep playing, despite their win. Lisa said: ‘Even if we never win again, we’re giving something back. We have no particular technique for success – just lucky guesses.’ Although the ladies received their cheques before Christmas, they are both organised for the festive season, so they have other plans for the money. Lisa said: ‘My partner Frank and I are going to Rome in March for his 40th birthday, so I will use some for spending money.’ Moyra said: ‘I keep changing my mind about what to spend it on, but my husband Peter will be 60 next year, so I think I’ll put some towards a holiday or something nice to treat him – but it might not last that long!’ Don’t miss your chance to play Spot The Ball in this week’s Courier.
On Wednesday, Margaret McDowall and Carole Harrow manned the Rotary Club of Campbeltown’s caravan on Main Street, from 10am to 3pm, to collect mail.The caravan will return to Main Street tomorrow (Saturday, December 15) and Wednesday (December 19), which is when collection boxes in shops will also be picked up.