Arran Banner letters – week 29

Want to read more?

We value our content and our journalists, so to get full access to all your local news updated 7-days-a-week – PLUS an e-edition of the Arran Banner – subscribe today for as little as 48 pence per week.

Already a subscriber?


Subscribe Now

Helping heroes


I read in the Banner of June 23 about Kirsty baking for heroes, how kind and what a super idea. So I am sending a cheque to her for £100 for Help the Heroes.

My wife and I visited Arran for some 20 or more years for our Lamlash holiday, hence our reading the Banner every week.

I am every interested in supporting Help for Heroes, as I was one of the machine infantry gunners landing in Normany in June 1944. I visit the Normany Gold Beach every 6th June if I can, I’m 92 years old now, and looking forward to next year – the 75th.

I’m pleased to say that when crossing the River Rhine into Germany our company somehow joined in the attack with the Gordon Highlanders, a welcome sight – but no kilts!


Peter Barlow, forever an Arran fan,


Road funds


It seems to me that, if the ferry subsidy were to be reduced to, say £500,000, the remaining £250,000 could be spent on road improvements and the provision of adequate facilities for campervans.

Increased fares on the ferry might reduce the number of visitors and therefore the stress on infrastructure.

A ten year programme would provide significant funds and result in the much-needed improvement of transport facilities for visitors and residents alike.


Hugh Cuthill,


Litter fight


Every day my sister and I walk my dog in the early morning along Fisherman’s Walk as far as Cladach and back and every day, without fail, we pick up at least one bag of rubbish and sometimes more.

In fact, on a recent morning we collected more than a dozen cans and bottles which had just been chucked by visitors on the verges beside the path between the green and the golf course!  I know that we are not the only walkers who pick up rubbish on this route.

Many wild campers are responsible and take away all their rubbish but there are also those who leave everything, including their tent!

If we want to keep Arran a beautiful island we need, as a community, to think of strategies in order to deter this sort of behaviour starting by educating the visitors, both adults and children, before they set foot on the island.

Here are a few suggestions to start the discussion.

* Announcements on the ferry.

* Leaflets handed out on the ferry – although these could end up being thrown away as rubbish!

*Awareness raising in schools – a competition to design a ‘Mr Litter’ cartoon character who could go on the ferry and hand out ‘I don’t drop litter’ stickers.

*Handing out bags for rubbish (strong paper and not plastic) as people come off the ferry.

*Notices along the path.

*More rubbish bins. The ones that are there on the green are often overflowing and the gulls spread the rubbish everywhere and one bin at the Rosa Bridge is not enough.


Ann Hart,


Helping hand


We would like to thank the two young ladies who came to our aid on Thursday when the lift wasn’t working at Brodick ferry terminal and there were no CalMac staff in sight. The girls carried either own luggage down the stairs, and then came back up and took ours down, so we were able to catch our bus. Thank you so much.


Sheila Shearmon,


Fab reunion


We are seven girl cousins who met in Lamlash for a family reunion. All of us are grand nieces of Bette and George Lyle, formerly long standing residents of Kildonan and Whiting Bay. We range in age from 50 to 68 although we may not always act it!

Our names are: Liz, Laura, Lorna, Lesley, Liz, Heather and Noelene.

We gathered from across the UK and Australia, and what better place to meet than Arran. All of us have special memories of Arran over the years. We arrived on 30th June to the most fabulous weather and our cousin from Australia flew over to join us for the week, a little expensive but worth it!!

We all had the most fantastic time on your gorgeous island. The hospitality in the many restaurants and shops which we visited was excellent. We toured around the island with many photo stops, meals and wee drinks.
Those islanders who met us may remember us – a bit noisy sometimes!
Great night in PHT, even some dancing.
Fantastic shopping, walks, a visit to the Holy Isle,  great meals, great hospitality and a Spa at Auchrannie.  What more do seven cousins need. Shattered and happy we headed off on the ferry with the sun still shining.
Arran wins hands down.

Cheers to the Dickson cousins, it was a fab week.

Liz Orr,

Camping guide


In reference to the letter from Mr Brown of Blairgowrie in last week’s Arran Banner ( July 14), VisitArran has already produced the leaflet: Island guide for camping/motorhomes.

This contains information about where to park, where to get rid of effluent, where you can get gas etc.  This is available from our CalMac colleagues in Ardrossan, and on the MV Caledonian Isles.

This leaflet, along with other helpful information can be found on the downloads page of the VisitArran website: http://www.


Sheila Gilmore



In our look back at gala days in years gone by in the Banner last week we printed a photo which we said was Fiona McClure and Craig Black at the Lamlash gala week. It was in fact Lorna Weir and Chris Ward.