The closure of the Arran public toilets took centre stage as the candidates in next week’s local election faced the electorate in Brodick Hall. With seven candidates standing for the Ardrossan and Arran seat only three Arran candidates were represented at the event with a further two providing statements which were read out to the 60-strong audience.
There was a health entry this year for the Isle of Arran Ormidale 10K on Sunday. The first official Scottish 10-kilometre race of the season saw runners from Arran joined by competitors from a number of Ayrshire running clubs and from as far afield as Manchester.
There was a welcome relief all round on Arran as confirmation came, as expected, that Ardrossan would remain as the mainland ferry port. The decision to continue 182 years of ferry services between Arran and Ardrossan has been welcomed both on the island and in Ardrossan after the failed bid by Associated British Ports to take the ferry to Troon.