AFTER travelling four billion miles through space, the Philae Lander touched down on comet 67P - with a special link to Largs this week in 2014.

Craig Clark and wife Lynn, co-owners of Clyde Space, a leading supplier of satellite and spacecraft systems, were overjoyed because the couple's initials were engraved on the probe.

Their company worked on its flywheel and Craig inscribed the initials on a electronic circuit board.

Craig was one of three men who designed, built and tested the flywheel that kept the lander stable during the descent and landing which was broadcast on news channels around the globe.

In other news, the Co-op was given the go ahead to build a new store in Millport - despite 35 objections and a single letter of support.

The company said they were going to demolish the existing single-storey building at 19 Cardiff Street and construct a two storey retail unit with single storey extension to the rear.

Concern had focused on the potential impact to existing independent businesses. A study showed islanders' spend was around £3.47m - with an estimated £2m of this ‘leaked’ outwith the island, such as shopping at mainland supermarkets.

Singapore finished top of the medals table in the Commonwealth Fencing Championships to complete a superb swashbuckling week at Inverclyde Sports Centre in Largs.

Sporting stars from all over the world visited the town for six days of competition - with 300 athletes and 20 countries taking part.

There was drama outside the sporting arena too when a 74-year-old spectator suffered a heart attack at the centre. However, thanks to the quick action of the gym staff and the expertise of freelance paramedics Angie Page and Alan Milne, who were covering the fencing event, the man's life was saved.

Pupils at Cumbrae Primary school looked the part when they held a Children in Need fundraising day. Baking, books and toys were for sale as the school became a hive of activity for the important cause.

In sport, Largs Thistle striker James Marks kissed the club badge as he notched a double in the 4-1 victory over Yoker - a week after coming off the transfer list and Skelmorlie tennis coach Lesley Whitehead was recognised for her long-standing work with disabled players.

She was given Tennis Scotland’s Disability Award for 2014 after establishing a highly successful disability tennis programme.