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Second find


I read with interest about the recovered UAV IVER3-580 on last week’s front page of the Arran Banner.

My husband and I found one too on Wednesday June 14 also near Corriecravie! The number was IVER3-3030. We’d just got married on Friday June 9 at Lamlash Registry Office and we were walking the Arran Coastal Way for our honeymoon. It was also a personal challenge for me as part of My Peak Challenge and to help raise funds for the charity Bloodwise. My husband also contacted Lieutenant Commander John R Hunnibell and gave him the co-ordinates and photos. I hope the coastguard managed to recover this one too.

We walked the coastal way over seven days. We had mixed weather of wind, rain and sunshine and it was tough at times, but it was so beautiful. The beach near Lagg was stunning when the tide was out. A favourite part for me was reaching the Black Cave! We took lots of photos and video clips and I’ll be writing about our adventures on my blog over the coming weeks. I also hope to create a video of each day’s walk if I have enough good footage.

I hope that this will inspire others to do the same as Arran is such a beautiful island to explore. We’ve been visiting the island for over 11 years, it was our first holiday together, so to return and get married there was just perfect.

In fact we’ve seen a lot of coincidences over the years. When we first visited the Giants’ Graves in 2006, both our surnames were engraved on one of the stones. Wyllie and Armour. When we returned to get married, the Preacher’s Cave had graffiti on the wall. The initials DMA were on the wall, my new name, Dawn-Marie Armour!

Even though it was tough walking at some points, I’d do it all again.


Dawn-Marie Armour


Swinging questions


Here is  a copy of a letter I have written to North Ayrshire Council regarding the removal of swings around Arran.

‘I am writing to ask some more information about the proposed closure of the Arran swings and play parks and to find out what we can do to keep them open.

Please can you explain to me how much money this will save the council and also let us find a better way forward.  As I understand it from rumours it is the cost of someone coming over for 0ne-and-a-half days a month to inspect them that is costing the money.

Would it be possible to train a council workman on Arran to do the job or is it because it requires an outside person to view the swings?

I have had discussions with other local people about this and there is a qualified heating engineer who lives on the island who expressed an interest of being trained up by the existing person who checks the swings if he could then do the monthly inspection – maybe the existing man could come over annually to check.

Surely there is a better way forward than just closing and removing swings that have existed on Arran in these locations and provided pleasure for children and families.  These individual swings provide a link between generations where families take their children to play freely in areas they visited as a child.

Swings are a great way to entertain children for free and many happy hours can be spent. I feel that the island is being stripped of its basic necessities in the form of public toilets and of its basic amenities in the form of closing playparks.

Please allow the people of Arran to help the council during this difficult time of cost cutting. Surely we can find a better way forward together to maintain the things that we love.’


Zabdi Keen


Sobering thought


My fellow readers of the Arran Banner, a thought struck me: with all these cuts that NAC are putting through, ie, toilets closing, swing parks disappearing, then why are council tax payers bills not coming down? Someone should ask them, and force them to not give a party political whitewash of an answer to us, the voters who put them there in the first place.

And don’t give us the SNP dribble of its all Westminster’s fault, instead of blaming them, look to yourselves as you’re in government in Scotland. You set spending for us in Scotland. It is time that the SNP and others stop talking political wishy washy with us, the voters, as it won’t wash with us any longer.

You can tell when a country is in deep trouble when they start closing toilets and swing parks. What does this tell parents of young ones? All that happens is kids don’t get a chance to play and tourists poo outside of hotels in plain view. Slowly but surely society and law and order breaks down. A very sobering thought for us all.


Gary Scott


False economy


It was no surprise to read your letter page (24 June ’17) with letters from tourists to Arran finding themselves somewhat shocked and surprised at finding many public loos on the island now closed and calling for urgent action to resolve this pressing situation.

Coming into the height of the tourist season, which Arran depends on so much, perhaps the local authority along with VisitScotland could provide a list in the tourist information office of locations of public loos that have remained open and establishments, businesses and community halls, which have opened their facilities to the public for the purpose of spending a penny.

Another correspondent on your letters page was highlighting the plight of older people and loneliness, a situation I am sure is aggravated by the lack of public toilets. The decision by North Ayrshire Council to close public loos in their endeavour to save some pennies is definitely having an impact on tourists and will result in a false economy.


Catriona C Clark