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Goatfell summit party for 80-year-old Brian

80th birthdayCelebrating a birthday at the summit of Goatfell may not sound particularly extra-ordinary –but how about an 80th birthday!

On 8 September Brian Martin from Lamlash celebrated reaching 80 years of age and decided that he wanted to climb Goatfell as part of his birthday celebrations.

See the Arran Banner,October 18 2014,for the full story- also available online at www.arranbanner.co.uk/digital

Top business awards for Arran co-operatives

Ayrshire Buisness Awards 2014 Seamill HydroTwo Arran co-operatives captured the limelight during the glittering Ayrshire Business Awards.

VisitArran,the island’s destination management company,and Taste of Arran,a co-operative of food producers,were both recognised for their incredible contributions to the economy of the island and Ayrshire as a whole.

The tourism award given to VisitArran is their first prize in more than seven years.

Catch the full story in the Arran Banner,Ocober 18 2014 also online at www.arranbanner.co.uk/digital

Valiant Anne named dame of the game

dame of the gameThe Arran Ladies Hockey Team were prepared for a tough game against Hillhead Fives,who top the league after never conceding a goal.

But the home ground of Ormidale Park in Brodick once again worked in the island team’s favour despite being 1-0 at half time.

Ten minutes into the second half Arran were 2-0 down but they soon started to settle down and mark up properly with great passes and amazing teamwork with Anne Watts picking up the ‘dame of the game’title.

Seethe Arran Banner,October 18 2014,for the full report. Also available online at www.arranbanner.co.uk/digital

Wigtownshire 5 - Arran 29

arran rugbyGiven the number of players lost to injury,Arran RFC’s game ended with an incredible 29-5 away win for the island team in Stranraer.

After 10 minutes Arran were awarded a penalty for a ruck offence in front of the posts and Iain ‘Keeno’Keen made no mistake,3-0.

Three minutes later,Wigtownshire offended again and Keeno took full advantage 6-0. This pattern repeated itself twice more with the indefatigable Keeno becoming almost boringly consistent.

To read the full report,see the Arran Banner,October 18 2014 –also available online at www.arranbanner.co.uk/digital

Can RET be the saviour of Arran tourism?

ret ferryArran is just days away from the biggest shake up seen on the island’s lifeline ferry routes for many years.

The much anticipated introduction of RET could see an increase in visitor numbers by as much as 40 per cent.

The cut-price ferry fares are expected to bring floods of visitors to the island,while locals are expected to take advantage of the new rates,particularly to take their cars to the mainland.

Read the full feature in the Arran Banner,October 18 2014. Also available online at www.arranbanner.co.uk/digital


With rising numbers of cyclists visiting the island each year,do you think a dedicated cycle path between Brodick and Corrie would benefit the island?

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