THIS week’s look into our archives takes us back six years – when First Minister Nicola Sturgeon launched the 'UK’s most environmentally friendly ferry' at Ferguson’s shipyard.

 Glen Sannox was set to be the first dual-fuel ship in the UK to be powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG) and marine gas oil and was intended to sail on the Ardrossan to Arran route for CalMac.

Ms Sturgeon told the Tele at the time that the new vessel was showing the way forward to the rest of Britain’s shipbuilding industry.

The ferry was at that time set to be delivered to CalMac in winter of 2018/19, but has still not been handed over to this day, with 31 March 2024 being its current projected delivery date.

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Meanwhile, kids said bonjour to a fun French day at Branchton Community Centre.

Families got crafty in the kitchen cooking up crepes and French toast, while tots learned to speak in French and enjoyed snail racing.

Other used their creative skills to draw famous Paris landmark the Eiffel Tower.

The drop-in family playscheme was run by the council’s community learning and development department based on a ‘countries of the world’ theme.

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Elsewhere, a beauty therapist had ‘nailed it’ after being shortlisted for a top award.

Leanne Templeton, who set up her own business in her son’s nursery while she was on maternity leave, was in the running for a Scottish Hair and Beauty award after being nominated by her clients.

The 34-year-old, who ran her business ‘Leanne Templeton Beauty’ from her home in Inverkip, was thrilled to be recognised.

Leanne had worked hard to build up her business, specialising in make-up, lash lifts and tints, nails, massages, facials and waxing.

Greenock Telegraph: Greenock Telegraph archives 22-11-2023

In other news, a homeless charity in Inverclyde was appealing for help to meet demand ahead of the busy festive period.

Starter Packs Inverclyde were looking for donations for special festive packs to everyone in need.

Homeless families who received the packs would get some extra help with special gift boxes which contained a tree, decorations, presents and selection boxes.

Officials at the charity said they were busier than ever before, with no fewer than 40 families a month needing starter packs full of vital items in the run-up to Christmas.

Greenock Telegraph: Greenock Telegraph archives 22-11-2023

In sport, Jim Duffy hailed his Morton players for earning a ‘terrific’ draw against Dunfermline but reserved special praise for Gary Oliver after the striker put in an outstanding shift.

Ton drew 1-1 at East End Park and Duffy was beaming with his side after they showed some character to come back from going a goal down and end the match unlucky not to have taken all three points.

Greenock Telegraph: Greenock Telegraph archives 22-11-2023

Oliver was the standout for the Greenock men and his manager was full of superlatives to describe the 22-year-old’s performance.