Ship sail

The cruise ship’s plan for Fairlie made headlines in 2003

CRUISE liners were reportedly on their way to Fairlie this week in 2003.

In what is being hailed as a major tourism boost, Fairlie Quay – the former NATO base – was due to see major investment and become a port for 20,000 tonne ships, bringing visitors from the UK United and from Europe to local coasts.

Holt Leisure, which had just bought the base and pier, had already created a covered base for boat repairs and said even larger liners could be lured into the bay – and provide a major boost to employment .

European Ryder Cup winning captain Sam Torrance received an OBE from the Queen at Buckingham Palace. The honor went to Largs’ most famous son of golf after orchestrating the team’s triumph at The Belfry. Sam, was pictured with his wife Suzanne and daughters Phoebe Anouska.

Elsewhere in our pages, Shelia McDonald was the first choice to be the 2003 Largs Citizen of the Year. Readers voted for the former teacher to be recognized for her tireless work in the community.

Sheila, from Main Street, has been praised by her colleagues for her many volunteer roles, including as WRVS Meals on Wheels.

Labor officials in Largs were furious after their election headquarters in Boyd Street was vandalized. The store was a temporary base for the political party in the run up to the election and the front window and side door were both smashed by vandals.

The Largs Amateur Operatic Society’s big show was a sold-out success at the Barrfields Theater as it was transformed to host Rogers and Hammerstein’s ‘The King and I’.

A meet and greet night was held to showcase budding local talent to music industry promoters at the Inverclyde Sports Centre.

University student Laura Dunne, from Largs, was the mastermind behind the event which she hoped would help put local singers in the spotlight.

For the launch party of her own music company D and P Promotions, she invited Deacon Blue’s Jim Prime and Tina Turner songwriters Bernie Gallagher and Graham Lyle.

In other news, girls from the Ellen Carson School of Dance marched to model for West Kilbride SWRI and Douglas Park Bowling Club opened for the 2003 season in glorious sunshine.

Chairman Bob Simpson welcomed members and guests from sister clubs, Halkshill, Inverkip, Largs, Millport, Skelmorlie and the Ayrshire Women’s Bowling Association.

Skelmorlie Curling Club capped off another season with its closing Bonspiel, held at Auchenharvie Rink. It was won by the rink of Eddie McKenzie, Stuart Sutherland and Peter Robinson