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Breaking news: An official government report supports the retention of Ardrossan as the preferred port for the Arran ferry.
The government STAG report has been sent out to all relevant parties today (Monday) and they have 14 days to respond before the Transport Minister, Humza Yousaf, officially announces his decision.

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Davy finishes epic anvil challange

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This is the man who pulled an anvil up Goatfell. Big Davy Ballantyne completed his marathon challenge in brilliant sunshine on Sunday afternoon. It took him, with the help of Fraser Aitchison, 26 days to pull the 18-and-a-half stone anvil from Corrie to the top of the 2,866 mountain to raise money for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). Anyone can still donate on

See full story and photos from the final push in this Friday’s Arran Banner.

Roads network boost but also coastal erosion concern

erosionNorth Ayrshire Council is planning significant investment on Arran’s roads over the next five or six years.

Read the full story in the August 15, 2015 edition of The Arran Banner by clicking here.

Visit Arran dinner raises £2,000 for Arran Trust

arran-trustThe inaugural dinner of VisitArran raised around £2,000 for the Arran Trust when it was hled at the Auchrannie Hotel.

Read more about the speakers in the Arran Banner edition of November 2 2013 and on line at

Arran Mountain Rescue Team on TV heroes series

arran-mountain-rescueArran Mountain Rescue Team features in the final episode of the TV series to find Scotland’s most deserving community heroes.

For more details see the Arran Banner edition of November 2 2013 and on line at

Arran Resilience celebrates its victory at national awards

arran-resilience-team Arran Resilience has won a coveted national award.

Co-ordinator Dr David Hogg travelled to Birmingham last month with Coastguard station officer Billy Currie and deputy station officer Fiona Laing, who is also a first responder, after they were shortlisted.

And on the night Arran Resilience beat off opposition from the Metropolitan Police and the London Fire Brigade to pick up the title Resilience Team of the Year at the Emergency Planning Society Awards.

Read all about it in the Arran Banner edition of October 19 2013, also available on line at

Busy day at heirloom valuations

auctioneers-valuations-arranArran residents dusted down the family heirlooms and headed to Brodick on Saturday October 12 2013 to have them valued.

Ayr auctioneers Thomas R Callan held a free auction valuation day in the Douglas Hotel where islanders could take their paintings, antiques and jewellery.

Read more details in the Arran Banner edition of October 19 2013 and on line at

Strong winds leaves beach covered in jellyfish

jellyfish-washed-up-on-arranHundreds of jellyfish were washed ashore in Lamlash at the weekend.

Strong winds on Saturday October 12 2013 saw them washed up on the beach at Cordon which was covered with the gelatinous creatures.

Most of them were the harmless Moon jellyfish but a number of Lion’s Mane, which can give a nasty sting, were spotted among them.

For more on the jellyfish ‘invasion’ see the Arran Banner edition of October 19 2013, also available on line at

Arran quad biking star dies in Italy

arranbannerlogoweeThe island has been left deeply shocked by the tragic death of Connor Smith from Machrie on Sunday 13 October, 2013.

The 19-year-old was killed in an accident during a quad biking competition in Italy.

Connor suffered fatal multiple injuries after falling from his quad and then being hit several times by other riders in the race.

Paramedics were immediately on the scene and the event was stopped as emergency crews battled to save his life.

He was taken to a nearby hospital where he was declared dead.

Connor was killed in the first race of the European Quad of Nations championships which were being held in Cingoli near Ancona, in Central Italy.

Tributes have been flooding on to his Facebook page from all his friends on Arran and further afield.

See the Arran Banner, out every Friday and on line at

Brodick Castle’s new visitor centre and £9 million revamp

brodick-castle-plansA £9 million masterplan has been drawn up which will turn Brodick Castle on Arran into a showpiece for island tourism for the 21st century.

A new visitor centre will be the centre piece of the new-look castle and country park.

The castle wants to attract more weddings and corporate business to help reduce the deficit currently running at as much as £400,000 a year.

Read all about the plans in the Arran Banner edition of October 20 2013 and on line at

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