Arran Banner 20 years Ago – week 07

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Saturday February 14, 1998

Toeing the line

Yellow lines are on the way. The idea has been proposed and fought against for many years. But as traffic problems have grown in Brodick, pressure to use the normal means of marshalling car users has increased.

A report will go shortly to North Ayrshire Council outlining exactly where it is suggested that the yellow lines ought to be. They would be in two areas, around the shops in Brodick and around the pier. At the pier the lines would extend some distance along the main road in both directions and cover all areas except at the restricted parking. At the shops they would extend from Kames Corner in both directions and on both sides, and also up West Mayish Road and Alma Road.  They would also extend right along the shore side of the road to almost the Book and Card Centre and there would be a short stretch outside the Royal Bank.

Yellow lines will allow police to issue tickets to obstructive parkers without the difficulties of having a witness or charging them with obstruction. The final decision will rest with North Ayrshire.

Anyone for tennis?

The tennis courts and putting green in Brodick will almost certainly be open this coming summer. They will not however open under the auspices of North Ayrshire Council. The council is now asking for bids from interested parties to lease them and, according to sources, there has already been a large amount of interest.

The same source leads us to believe that North Ayrshire Council does not necessarily make a loss on these facilities and that the decision not to run them this summer comes only as a blanket decision for all such facilities in North Ayrshire.

Whisky for Wets

The Scottish band Wet, Wet, Wet have bought some Isle of Arran malt whisky – at £100 a bottle. At a celebrity Burns Supper in London they bid £1,200 for a case in the charity auction. However, they will not be able to drink it until it comes out of bond in 2001. But when they do it will no doubt remind them of their 1992 Arran concert.

 

Charles (left) and Alasdair Hendry of A & C Hendry Private Hire have paid £44,000 for a new 24 seater bus, the largest the brothers have owned. 01_B07twe01

Instructor Diane McMullen is joined by her dancers at the Kinloch Hotel where weekly line dancing classes are being held. A popular and fun activity, the number of people attending these classes and the ones in Brodick Hall is rapidly increasing. 01_B07twe02

Three Arran High School rugby teams were celebrating a victory of two out of three games against Rothesay Academy last Saturday. 01_B07twe03

Winners of Shiskine Golf Club’s annual Ryder Cup competition are, l to r, Robert Waine, Peter Robertson, Robbie Crawford, James Bannatyne, D S Bannatyne with the trophy, Stewart Black, Alan Bannatyne, Brian Sherwood and Iain McLean. 01_B07twe04

Last year’s winning captain of the Ryder Cup, Kilpatrick’s Neil Arthur, receives the Wooden Spoon award. 01_B07twe05