Letters to the editor: 9.6.17

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Shame on driver
On Tuesday morning (May 30) between 10.15am and 10.45am while shopping in the Co-op at Brodick a driver hit my grey Audi and damaged the bottom of my two doors on the driver side. They then drove away without leaving any of their details with the Co-op or on my windscreen. This is Arran, not the city.
If the guilty person has a conscience they could contact the Banner with their details. It would be much appreciated.
Alexander Anderson

Happy days
Delighted at the name for the new ferry. I was married many years ago and as I belonged to Arran I was taken down Brodick pier in a barrow, the ferry then was the Glen Sannox, it was draped with flags etc and sailed round Brodick Bay three times with the horn blowing. Happy days.
Ruth Young

Homes support
The magnificent sum of £940 was raised, last Saturday June 3 at the coffee morning in Corrie Hall, in aid of Dr Graham’s Homes.
It was great to welcome familiar faces and passing visitors who enjoyed wonderful homemaking, coffee and an interesting raffle amusingly conducted by Rev John Webster.
Thank you to all dedicated helpers; Nancy and her team in the kitchen, Alison and her girls for the raffle, Jennifer for baking stall, Janice with Bric a Brac and our loyal supporters whose continuing interest helps provide education and care to the children of Dr Graham’s Homes.
Janice Small

Birthday thanks
I would like to thank my two sons John and Donald and daughter-in-law Lynne for the lovely pre 80th birthday party they held for me. Family holidays were arranged for May 8.
Thanks go to Andrea for the excellent buffet; Steve and Mary Jo for music; Vicky and staff at the club for keeping everyone watered and to Kilmory Hall for the comfortable surroundings. Thanks, too, to everyone else who made it such a good night.
I specially thank all my family relations, friends and neighbours for all the lovely presents, flowers, vouchers and cards received.
It was lovely to have family who travelled from England and Fife. My grandchildren and great grandchildren, four generations, were there to celebrate this special birthday.
Margaret Mackenzie

Triathlon triumph
I would like to say a big thank you to everyone who helped make the first Arran Triathlon Festival such a success.
In particular I would like to thank Sheila and the VisitArran team who have supported us and helped us from the start.
All the island business who donated prizes, as we wouldn’t have been able to offer the level of prizes we did without their support. The club committee and volunteers on the day, Ian Staples and the outdoor centre team for the perfect venue and their support through the  processes.
Kenny Bowen for letting us run through his farm, the Glenisle for saving the day with lending us their marquee and Jane at the PHT who provided  food and drinks for the day.
Most off all I want to thank the junior kids as we have once again proven we are one of the best clubs in Scotland. We have a busy few weekends with the Scottish championships in two weeks time.
Craig Wood, organiser

Healthy options
At Cancer Research UK, we are urging the Scottish Government to curb the rising tide of obesity and restrict the array of multi-buy offers on junk food that supermarket shoppers are routinely faced with.
Celebrity chef and food campaigner Jamie Oliver agrees. His recent open letter to Scottish ministers reinforces a campaign which has received strong public support.
It’s a shocking reality that around a fifth of our school children in Scotland are carrying too much weight, meaning they are more likely to grow up overweight, placing them at risk of preventable cancers in adulthood.
Cancer Research UK believes the nation’s poor health justifies strong action. Restrictions on supermarket price promotions on unhealthy foods would be effective and feasible.
The Scottish Government has a chance to lead the way with brave new measures that would result in a healthier Scotland. Proposals for its new obesity strategy are anticipated soon and we hope they will be bold.
To those with families to feed, price does matter. We know the most deprived in our society consume the fewest fruit and vegetables. We buy what we consider to be good value for money and much more needs to be done to make healthy options affordable.
More needs to be done to help give children the best start in life. Measures to help us enjoy a better diet will make it easier for us all to take home smaller waistlines and healthier lives, as well as bags of tastier, fresher and more nutritious food.
Professor Linda Bauld
Cancer Research UK

Beautiful Arran
I arranged the music for the Arran Choir concert on Saturday May 27 with Diana Hamilton and thought you would like this poem called Beautiful Arran:
Oh, Arran with your beauty held,
Deep-rooted in my mind so well.
The silent wonder of the hills,
The Holy Isle so sure thrill,
If in my life I had a say,
To lovely Brodick i’d stray,
For here is peace by unmarred time.
Guarded o’er by Goatfell’s sombre line.
Norman Duffy