Special celebration marks Arran ferry campaign success

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Members of the public are invited along to a special celebration event organised by North Ayrshire Council, in recognition of their contribution to saving the Ardrossan/Brodick ferry crossing.

Brodick Hall will open its doors from 3pm to 6pm on Monday October 23 to welcome people who supported the Keep it A to B campaign.

The Ardrossan/Brodick came under threat after the owners of the Port of Troon launched a bid to take over the Arran ferry service. Owing in part to a huge groundswell of public support, the campaign to retain the crossing was successful.

Now, exactly one year on from the launch of the Keep it A to B campaign, a special celebration is being staged with an open invitation being issued to people to drop in to Brodick Hall where tea, coffee and cakes will be served.

The celebration was given the go-ahead after a meeting of the full council agreed to mark the contribution made by grassroots community supporters to the campaign.

Councillor Louise McPhater, cabinet member for communities, said: ‘It’s difficult to believe that it was almost one year ago that Troon launched a bid to take the Arran ferry.

‘But the people of North Ayrshire responded. Ordinary members of the public, local community groups and businesses, politicians from all political parties came together to fight for the Ardrossan / Brodick crossing.

‘Thankfully, we put forward a strong and passionate case and were ultimately successful. So this celebration is about marking the efforts of the community who made such a massive contribution in saving this vital ferry route.

‘We would urge anyone who played a part – whether it was signing the petition or manning a stall or supporting the campaign on social media – to drop in and enjoy a cuppa.’

A separate celebration drop-in event will also be held at Ardrossan Civic Centre on Wednesday October 18, from 3pm until 6pm.