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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.

See the full story in this week’s Arran Banner.

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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 www.justgiving.com/Davy-Ballantyne.

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

ALERT: Warnings in place for Storm Frank

cloudFrom the Met Office: Storm Frank has been officially named as the sixth storm of the season. A very deep area of low pressure is expected to track to the northwest of the UK through Tuesday and into Wednesday. A swathe of very strong winds are expected to develop on its forward side, and affect many northwestern areas.

A deep area of low pressure is expected to track close to the northwest of Ireland, then Scotland late Tuesday and through Wednesday. Gales and locally severe gales are expected to develop during Tuesday evening/night and at first on Wednesday through the Irish Sea and around western and southern coasts of England and Wales along with southern Scotland, easing from the west during Wednesday morning.  Some disruption to transport is possible, including ferries.

A band of rain, often heavy, will affect Northern Ireland during Tuesday evening, before spreading east across Scotland, Wales and northern and western parts of England during Tuesday night and Wednesday. Rain will be heaviest and most persistent over higher ground. Please be aware of the potential for moderate levels of disruption in places from both surface water and river flooding.

 

Wild Arran adventure park unveiled

Brodick country parkThe Wild Arran Adventure Park will be a major tourist attraction for the island providing a fun day out for all the family. Computer generated images gave a first glimpse of what the park at Brodick Castle and Country Park will look like when it is complete.

It will feature treetop walkways, bridges, chutes and lookout towers, all designed in wood to blend in with the natural surroundings.

For more photos and details, see the Arran Banner edition of February 28 2015, also available online

Iron Age roundhouse dig begins at Auchrannie

roundhouse-digWork has begun to excavate an Iron Age roundhouse as builders prepare to start work on an extension to the Auchrannie Spa in Brodick.

Read more about the dig in the Arran Banner edition of November 2 2013 and on line at www.arranbanner.co.uk/digital

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