Dookers take the plunge in New Year’s Day dips
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Dookers take the plunge in New Year’s Day dips

And this year other villages got in on the act with Lochranza and Corrie and Blackwaterfoot all holding New Year’s Day dooks of their own, and, of course, they all followed the Lamlash Dook on Boxing Day covered by the Banner last week.

Help sought for otter conservation
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Help sought for otter conservation

‘This study will add information to help to develop conservation projects and to establish policies and laws which would help mitigate one of the most important global issues, plastic pollution in the oceans.’

Storm-bound boats in Brodick
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Storm-bound boats in Brodick

The MV Isle of Arran, a more regular visitor to Arran, was launched in 1984 at Ferguson Ailsa, as the Clyde yard was called then, and served 10 years on the Ardrossan to Brodick route, then a stint to Islay before taking up her current duties.

Why are these buildings being left to ruin?
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Why are these buildings being left to ruin?

What is of interest is that by the 1860s the Arran clearances were approaching their end, the croftersʼ old land being turned over to sheep. Hence, for half a century nearly, the mill had importance until it became more profitable to process the wool off the island.

Village shop is part of hotel revamp plan
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Village shop is part of hotel revamp plan

In addition the plans include a small hotel shop which will stock essentials items such as bread, milk, newspapers and groceries and an online offering will help to boost its sales.

Nicola picks up her prize
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Nicola picks up her prize

Nicola enjoyed Christmas with her family in Shiskine before heading back to Lambourn in Berkshire where she is based to get back in the saddle for what promises to be a very busy 2019.