That was the year that was

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Subheading: A look back at 2018 – part one: January to June

As 2018 draws to a close and the new year begins, it is time to take our customary look at the pages from the Banner over the past year. It was been an eventful six months to June, with Arran residents achieving great feats, celebrating life’s small adventures and performing caring deeds.

It has also been a year of many highs, some lows, but also the continuation of many dearly loved traditional events and the beginnings of new and exciting projects.

The Banner is your newspaper and each and every single one of you make it special. Thank you for a great 2018 and here’s to 2019.


JANUARY – The new year started with the annual Douglas Dook which saw more than 30 brave dookers, dressed in zany outfits, take to the water at the Brodick slipway. 01_B01dook07

JANUARY – Rev Angus Adamson in his last picture with Brodick colleagues after he retired as a retained fire-fighter following more than 36 years in the service. 01_B52fire01

JANUARY – Heralding the start of the new year, Arran’s first lambs were born two days after Christmas. Here parents Genevieve and Niall McMaster introduce four-month old Sophie to the new arrivals. 01_B02lambs01

JANUARY – David Lambert, co-musical director of the Arran Soul Choir joins members in presenting a donation raised from their concert to Fiona Laing of the Arran Defibrillator Project.  No_B01soul01

FEBRUARY – Craig Lindsay, Kate Russell, Carolyn Lambert and Sharon Bell collected the Boutique Hotel of the Year award on behalf of the Douglas Hotel. No_B08award01

FEBRUARY – The Shiskine Shoogly Shanks captained by Carol Brown won a step count challenge competing against 67 other teams from across North Ayrshire. No_B06walk02

FEBRUARY – Pupils from all of Arran’s primary schools meet with the Sunnyside Ocean Defenders whose campaign to do away with plastic straws received nationwide support. 01_B06straw01

FEBRUARY – Burns night in Lamlash. New chairman Gordon Kinniburgh and the top table at the Lamlash Burns Club annual supper where speakers included Iain Currie and Arran MSP Kenneth Gibson. 01_B05burns01

MARCH – All of the trophy winners at the 2018 One Act Drama Festival. 01_B09award09

MARCH – Morag Pettigrew is the first passenger to arrive at the new Brodick Ferry Terminal where she is welcomed by port manager Colin McCort. 01_B12first03

MARCH – Store manager Liz McLean welcomes shoppers to the refurbished Brodick Co-op store at its official opening. 01_B13coop03

MARCH – Trophy winners with their trophies at the Arran Horticultural Society spring flower and bulb show. 01_B13flower01

MARCH – The entire Shiskine Primary School show their support for P7 pupil Beth McCarthy who took first place in the annual Burns primary school painting competition. 01_B10front01

APRIL – Under 7s take part in the Easter bonnet parade at the annual Easter at the Castle event which enjoyed its busiest year on record. 01_B14easter18

APRIL – Scottish government finance minister Derek Mackay officially opens the Brodick ferry terminal after repeated delays. 01_B16open16

APRIL – VisitScotland chief executive Malcolm Roughead visited Arran where he met VisitArran board members. NO_B17board01

APRIL – A selection of the 55 volunteers of all ages who cleaned up Brodick Beach and Fisherman’s Walk in a huge beach clean that left the area looking pristine.  01_B15beach01

MAY – Arran High School pupils Sam Reid, Gina Boni, James Macis and Euan Kinniburgh earned a bumper £3,000 for the Arran Mountain Rescue Team at the Youth Philanthropy Initiative. Isabel Johnstone, YPI Ayrshire regional facilitator presented the children with the cheque. 01_B18YPI08

MAY – Arran mourns the loss of William Wilson McConnell, father of former first minister Jack McConnell and well-known and well-liked Arran personality.  NO_B19obit01

MAY – Celebrating 30 years of caring for the elderly, Cooriedoon care home management and staff hosted an elegant garden party with original founder, Celia Butler and long-standing nurse, Elaine Kelso, being honoured at the event. 01_B21front01

MAY – Members of the Arran High School Mountain Bike Club celebrate a lottery funding boost for purchasing new bicycles which will replace their aging fleet. No_B12AHSMTBC01

JUNE – Long established business, Arran Dairies staff, founders and owner Alastair Dobson celebrate 40 years of business with a special birthday lunch to mark the milestone. 01_B22diary01

JUNE – Wearing outlandish shoes for their party, Brodie Atkinson, Sera Bibin and Layla Cociuban join Mrs Shirley MacLachlan in showing off their birthday cake celebrating Whiting Bay Primary’s 50th birthday. 01_B24WB13

JUNE – Arran High School pupils performed their musical Our House to packed audiences at the Community Theatre in Lamlash.  01_B25house12

JUNE – Whiting Bay Primary pupils show their delight at winning the Arran Orienteering Championship. 01_B20orient14