CAN you remember what you were up to 20 years ago?

Here's a flashback to what made the headlines in the Ardrossan & Saltcoats Herald in the first week of May 2003.

And you will find some cracking snaps to take you back to your younger days...

Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald: The trophy is handed over

ORGANISERS of the 25th anniversary Ardrossan Highland Games were celebrating after a financial boost.

The Moffat Charitable Trust donated £1500 to their blue riband solo piping competition. The James Moffat Memorial Trophy was named after the late AT May's founder.

Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald: The Ardrossan Academy rowers

A group of six fighting fit Ardrossan Academy pupils completed a stamina-sapping challenge as part of their bid to raise funds for new equipment.

Fourth Year recruits Neil Evans, Ross McCallum, Andrew Dick, Darren Kean, Gordon McGregor and Jamie Devine completed a sponsored 100,000-metre rowing marathon in just under four hours, slightly over the three hour target they had set, at Seamill Hydro.

The pupils alternated every 15 minutes on two rowing machines. 

Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald: Jet Li, Jim Montgomerie, a burly minder and Bob Hoskyns

SALTCOATS actor - and now councillor - Jim Montgomerie faced the most daunting role of his career- sparring with Hollywood tough guy Jet Li.

The 30-year-old got in the ring with martial arts expert and Lethal Weapon 4 star Li as the pair met up to film a scene from new gangster movie Danny The Dog.

Former boxer Jim, of Mid-Dykes Road, landed a part in the movie, which also featured British screen legend Bob Hoskins and American Academy Award winner Morgan Freeman, thanks to his experience in the ring.

And it ranked among the local man’s most high-profile roles since turning his hand to acting several years ago.

Jim plays a manager of a gym whose colleague owes cash to Hoskins’ gang boss character in Danny The Dog, and in his single appearance on camera he is caught watching on in terror as troubleshooter Li dishes out punishment to the man in debt.

But it was the impromptu joust with Li prior to the film shot at a Glasgow venue that will be Jim’s lasting memory.

He explained: “I got in the ring with Jet Li, just so everyone could see what he could do, and the guy was phenomenal.

“It was scary how good he was – he was so fast he had hit me four times and I only thought it was twice."

Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald: Lifesaving training for Seamill Hydro staff

STAFF at the Seamill Hydro took part in the Ayrshire and Arran HeartStart Initiative to learn emergency life-saving techniques.

The Hydro staff were all issued with certificates after completing the two-hour course, which was run in the workplace by trained HeartStart volunteers.

The lifesaving programme can be undertaken by individuals or groups and so far more than 12,000 people had benefited from the training.

Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald: St John's pupils with their certificates

Pupils from Primaries 3 and 5 of St John's in Stevenston are pictured with the certificates they received for completing the first stage of the Bonanza Book Club Paired Reading project.

Carried out in conjunction with the council's psychological services and Stevenston Library, the youngsters, who team up to help each other learn, would go on to try and fulfill the next step in the after-school programme.