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Cut price ferry fares will bring a tremendous boost to Arran

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe introduction of cut price ferry fares has been hailed as ‘a great opportunity to boost the Arran economy’,by island MSP Kenneth Gibson.

On Monday the much anticipated RET fares came into operation which is expected to bring more tourists and also to allow islanders to travel more frequently to the mainland.

Read all about it in the Arran Banner,November 1 2014,also online at www.arranbanner.co.uk/digital

Narrow escape as huge tree collapses

whiting bay tree fallsTwo shops had a narrow escape when a huge tree collapsed in Whiting Bay during  storms.

The enormous ash tree fell more than 20 feet into the patio garden of the Arran Art Gallery,narrowly missing the gallery itself,but damaged the roof of the adjoining County Carpets building.

For the full story,pick up a copy of the Arran Banner,November 1 2014 –also available online at www.arranbanner.co.uk/digital

New lifeboat officially launched into service

new arran lifeboatThe lifeboat station in Lamlash was crowded with Royal National Lifeboat  Institution crew members and supporters as a naming ceremony was held to officially hand the new Rachel Hedderwick to the Arran RNLI.

Mark Hedderwick,the cousin of the woman whose name now adorns the side of the boat,was asked to hand the lifeboat to the RNLI.

See the Arran Banner,November 1 2014 for the full story. Also available online at www.arranbanner.co.uk/digital

First loss of the season for Arran RFC

arran rugby lossArran RFC lost their first game of the season on Saturday.

Playing at home against Lanark –who are at the bottom of the league table –Arran were beaten 9-15.

A culmination of errors led to both sides giving away penalties but Lanark were able to use this to their advantage.

For the full report in the Arran Banner, November 1,also online at www.arranbanner.co.uk/digital

Memories of the Aldersyde Hotel

Aldersyde HotelA former owner of the Aldersyde Hotel in Lamlash has fond memories of how it once looked.

This comes after The Banner told last month of the major revamp proposed for the hotel,now called the Lamlash Bay.

The hotel has planning permission for a new entrance,reception and first floor glass balcony along with an outside seating area.

But previous owner Jannette Price prefers to remember the mock Tudor style of the hotel which was built in the early 1920s which she and her late husband Kenneth bought for £85,000 in 1990.

To read more of Jannette’s memories,see the Arran Banner, November 1 2014. Also available online at www.arranbanner.co.uk/digital




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