IT was big year in 1979 for Millport with the visit of the Queen Mother.

Mary Currie was a long-serving Brownie leader and remembers meeting Her Royal Highness when she came to the Marine Biological Station, which is now the Field Studies Centre.

She recalled: "The Queen Mother was the chancellor of the University of London, which owned the station back then and it was an official visit in that capacity.

"She came off the Royal Yacht Britannica in a launch and walked from the Keppel Pier to the marine station."

Largs Brownies also lined up for a visit from the News photographer at Clark Memorial Hall including. Pictured were Angela Hughes, Jackie Henry, Angela Young, Moreen, Aine McKay and Julie Cantwell. Largs Scouts were also pictured, with Martin Cook, Andy Gourlay, Duncan Crockett, Colin Birss, Kenneth Mitchell, Andrew Caldwell, Peter McLelland and David Laurie all posing up.

Slick suits and bow-ties were the fashion at the Routenburn Golf Club annual dance at Seamill Hydro and a drama recital was performed to perfection by the Isobel Cooper School of Speech and Drama at the Dunn Memorial Hall.

Finally the Clachan's darts team were hitting the bullseye as they topped the local league.