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Co-op bids a fond farewell to Ian

ian pyott

Ian Pyott celebrated his 65th birthday the day after he finished his last shift at the Brodick Co-op store where management and staff wished him a happy retirement after 15 years with the company.

A well known and familiar face at the main island store, Ian is well known for his fundraising efforts and has been the driving force and face of many Co-op fundraisers, including raising £1,000 for the Arran defibrillator project.

See full story in this week’s Arran Banner.

School navigate their way to success


Brodick Primary School were crowned overall victors at the Arran Schools Orienteering Championship last week.

All of 155 youngsters took part in the timed event, held in the spring sunshine in the lush and blooming gardens of Brodick Castle, revelled in the challenge, which was likened to a modern day treasure hunt.

See full story in this week’s Arran Banner.

The changing face of Brodick

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Brodick new  beach

In the space of little more than a week the face of Brodick has completely changed.

At one side of the bay the village has a brand new beach and on the other side the frame of the new ferry terminal building is all but complete.

All week work has progressed to return Brodick beach to its former glory as shown in the picture above.

See full story in this week’s Arran Banner.

CalMac wins new £900m ferry contract

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Caledonian MacBrayne won a new £900m contract to continue operating the Clyde and Hebrides Ferries Network.
State-owned CalMac and private firm Serco Caledonian Ferries Limited had been competing for the contract to run the services, including the two Arran routes.
The new contract, which was awarded by the Scottish government, covers the eight-year period from 1 October. CalMac have pledged £6 million investment in vessel and port improvements and given a commitment that all routes and services will continue to operate as they do now.


I’ll haul anvil up Goatfell if it helps my little Roisin

anvilA Kilmory man will attempt to haul a 120kg anvil to the top of Goatfell to raise money for charity next week.

Read the full story in the April 30, 2016 edition of The Arran Banner.


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