Arran Banner letters – 31.5.19

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Festival delight


Can I express my thanks to all who contributed to the organisation and execution of the Arran Mountain Festival, the staff at Arran Adventure, the drivers from Auchrannie who shuttled us to the start and finish, and particularly the volunteers who led the walks.

My first foray into the Arran hills was in 1956 and many have followed since then but my erstwhile walking companions are no longer participating. So it is a great help to have organised groups of very amenable companions for the day. See the photograph (right/left) of our group on Mullach Bhuide Breac looking cheerful despite the weather.

The impact to the Arran economy by the festival must be significant: we spent over £700 over the weekend and there were 160 participants overall – so a £100k boost to the island’s tourist trade?

Long may it continue and thanks again.


Ian A Brown,


Barren beds


As regular visitors to Arran over the last 40 years we have become accustomed to being welcomed to Brodick by beautiful floral displays along the front.

Imagine our dismay this year when all that greeted us were empty and what appeared abandoned beds. No tulips or geraniums to enhance the pictures taken across the bay. I am hoping this is only a temporary miscalculation and that next time we visit the flowers will be blooming again!


Alison and Alan Noble,



Signet ring discovered


Whilst holidaying in Arran last week (May 18-25), I was strolling down the beach at Lamlash when I was drawn to an object in the water, I picked it up and discovered that it was a gold signet ring.

On closer inspection it was engraved with some initials and inside it a date. I was wondering if it would be possible for you to put it in your paper that it has been found. I suppose that if it belonged to a local person who reads your paper there would be a chance they would see it, but a visitor probably not.

I know it is a bit of a long shot but it is probably of great sentimental value to someone. Thank you.


Philip Seddon,


Constructive discussion


The Scottish Salmon Company hosted a second community consultation in Brodick this week and we would like to thank everyone who took the time to attend. This offered local residents a further opportunity to learn about and share their views on our proposed development off the north east coast of Arran.

The plans would bring 10 new jobs to Arran, while supporting a further 51 across Scotland, and contribute £8-10 million to the economy annually. This feedback, along with the views we have already gathered from a number of stakeholders, will help determine the final shape of our project.

We also hosted an additional community Q&A last week (May 22) in direct response to requests from some residents who wished to discuss particular areas of concern in greater detail with our team.

The Q&A was designed to enable a constructive discussion. Smaller sessions and an independent mediator helped facilitate this. We were able to accommodate everyone at their preferred Q&A session and, again, we’d like to thank attendees for coming along.

We invite anyone to ask questions or share their thoughts about the project by sending an email to

Our proposals can also be viewed at any time by


Marc Browne, 

Head of site development,

The Scottish Salmon Company.

Concert thanks


Save the Children on Arran would like to thank Iain Clarke and Helen Matthews for the wonderful concert held in the community theatre in Lamlash on May 11.

We are very grateful for the support of the large audience who helped to make this a memorable and successful event celebrating the centenary of the Save the Children charity.


Save the Children,

Arran branch.