AS 2011 draws to a close it is time once again to look back and reflect on all that has happened through the pages of the Arran Banner this year.
We have been faced hard times on Arran in recent years and many hoped 2011 would see things begin to change.
Sadly, as we prepare to enter another year, there is definitely a sense of gloom and a concern that this year will be another hard one for our economy.
This year, once again, we’ve reported on businesses changing hands, being forced to change and adapt and sadly businesses closing.
We’ve covered the successes of Arran’s school pupils, the accomplishments of local actors and the daringly brave deeds of the local volunteer emergency services.
But most of all we have ensured that the readers of The Arran Banner have never missed an important event from all corners of the island as we continue to cover the daily comings and goings of life here.
At the end of the day, The Arran Banner is your newspaper and we couldn’t produce it without you.
See the Arran Banner edition of December 31 2011 (or online at www.arranbanner.co.uk/digital from December 30) for the first part of our annual review of the year gone by with the second half in the New Year.