Arran boys meet up in West Africa

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Chris Hull, Neil Miller and Maurice Deighton in The Gambia.

Maurice Deighton of Kildonan has just returned to Arran after three months in The Gambia.

He usually likes to get in a spot of sea fishing, but spends a lot of his time helping out in local schools.

Until his wife Sylvia’s death in 2009 the couple had made six annual trips to the West African country which is becoming an increasingly popular holiday destination for those seeking a healthy dose of winter sunshine.

Through the Gambian Schools Trust Sylvia and Maurice had assisted with rebuilding of ramshackle schools and provided equipment and furniture that was being thrown out of schools in this country.

While he was out there, Maurice met up with another couple of ex-pat Arran men.

He ran into Neil Miller, formerly from Knockinkelly, who now runs Neil’s Bar and Wee Kitchen in The Gambia, and Chris Hull who managed The Lagg Inn in Kilmory with Michael and Nan Meteyard from 1996 to 2001.

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