Take a look back at some of the top stories and pictures from the Ardrossan & Saltcoats Herald 15 years ago.

Who do you recognise in these photos from August 2008?

Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald: Old files 2008

ARDROSSAN Community Council condemned North Ayrshire Council for their failure to keep the streets of Ardrossan weed-free.

Chairman Kenny Macdougall said:  “Ardrossan has been earmarked for regeneration yet weeds, some which are two foot high, make some streets look derelict.

"I don’t know what kind of impression North Ayrshire Council want to make about our town but this is out of order."

Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald: Old files 2008

SALTCOATS residents posed strong opposition to the Gladstone Road Post Office closure at a public meeting.

Both the Gladstone Road and Stevenston’s Station Road Post Office were facing the axe under plans to restructure the national Post Office network.

Members of Saltcoats Neighbourhood Watch and Community Council are pictured campaigning to save the two Post Offices.

Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald: Andrew O'Hagan

A KILWINNING author hit out against Newsnight presenter Jeremy Paxman for insulting Robert Burns in a new foreword to the Chambers dictionary.

Andrew O’Hagan was angered by Paxman’s comment that Burns’ work was “sentimental doggerel”.

The writer told the Edinburgh International Book: “The only thing that can be said about this is that - and I am not a vengeful person - Paxman likes fishing in Scottish rivers. Well, he should be banned.

“Then his fishing rods can be used for something else...”

Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald: Ardrossan Rugby Club staged a three day camp for youngsters

A three-day rugby camp for youngsters in the P3 to P7 age group was staged at Ardrossan Rugby Club’s Memorial Field ground, with some 21 youngsters turning out.

Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald: Old files 2008

A SPECIAL reception was hosted by Councillor John Reid, Deputy Leader of North Ayrshire Council to mark a glorious season for Garnock Rugby Club.

The Lochshore Club last season won the Scottish Hydro-Electric Shield at Murrayfield, as well as promotion to the Premiership for the first time in their history.

Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald: Old files 2008

P7 children set to start First Year at Auchenharvie Academy got to know the school grounds at a fun day in August 2008.

Games were one of the highlights of the day, with tennis, badminton, volleyball, mini golf and several other exciting summer sports on offer.