Pride in the young

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It may not be said often enough but the young people of Arran really do the island proud.

If there was a reason to remember this, we need look no further than the recent award ceremony at Arran High School. There, the achievements of the youngsters – be they academic, musicial or sporting – were there for all to see.

More pupils than ever before passed their higher and advanced higher exams leading to 60 per cent of the students going on to university or college, and there were achievements regionally and nationally in music and sport.

But it not just at the high school where we can take pride in the young. Take the five Duke of Edinburgh youngsters who are worthy recipients of their gold awards, with a marathon paddle on kayaks through the great glen.

While the students from the Royal College of Music in Manchester and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland taking part in the Arran summer school and performing at the McLellan Festival have been a credit to themselves and to their tutors.

And there is more to come. For next weekend the island’s fine young musicians come together for a special one-off concert – a real showcase of just what this small island can produce.

Yes, there is no doubt we can have real pride in the young.