Arran Banner 20 years ago – week 2

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Saturday January 10, 1998 

Prodical dog

A four day search for a missing Cavalier King Charles spaniel ended in joy.

When three-year-old Bonzo disappeared on Kildonan beach, while they were walking their three spaniels, owners Jean and Jim Bentley feared the worst. He could have been trapped in a hole or even washed out to sea.

They scoured the area with son Christopher but all to no avail. Many friends, some with dogs of their own, also searched the beach and cliffs in both directions and notices were posted in shops and bars around the southend.

But just when hope seemed forlorn, four days after going missing, Bonzo was found trapped in a bramble bush where he had lain quietly waiting for his rescuers.

Jean said: ‘We must have walked past him several times, but this time Jim saw his two eyes shining in the bush.’ He was more than pleased to see his owners and none the worse for his experience.

Salmon stocking

Arran Angling Association has completed their 1997 re-stocking programme. Some 4,000 salmon parr between 3in and 7in long were gently tipped into the Sliddery Water on Wednesday morning by Fishery Board bailiff Bob Scott.

Freshwater fishing has suffered in recent years from low water and poor fish numbers. In an effort to improve the situation, Bob told the Banner, the Association had re-stocked the Iorsa, Machrie and Sliddery Waters with around 15,000 baby fish in the last year. These tiddlers have all been reared at the hatchery at Dougarie and, amazingly, this whole batch of 4,000 came from one hen salmon mother.

Normally only about 4 per cent of salmon born in the wild actually survive to return as adult fish. By carefully rearing them to this size, the Association are hoping to double that figure.

Jean Bently is delighted Bonzo (centre) is back home with sister Suki and mother Polly. 01_B02twe01

Lavinia Gibbs of Dougarie Estate conducted the official re-opening of the Pirnmill village shop and is seen here wishing new owner Mike Patterson the best of luck with the venture. 01_B02twe02

January gales last Saturday submerge the harbour and lash the car park at Blackwaterfoot. 01_B02twe03

Baliff Bob Scott restocks Sliddery Water with baby salmon. 01_b02twe04

This angry mute swan is one of a family of swans who visit Brian and Brenda Wilson at the Royal Hotel in Whiting Bay every day looking for food. 01_b02twe05