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Saturday July 17, 1999

Gala parachutists

A new addition to Lamlash Gala Week and something to happen for the first time on Arran will be a free fall parachute demonstration. Given by the Golden Lions freefall parachute team they are all army personnel selected from various regiments.

In fact it was they that contacted Allan Little and offered their services and found them eagerly accepted. All the organisers had to do was clear at least 75 yards square, such is their precision. They will take off from Prestwick and arrive over Lamlash at precisely 3pm. When they jump they will be carrying a new crown for Heather Queen Rachel Todd, and on landing she will be presented with it.

Emergency response

MV Caledonian Isles was diverted on Sunday afternoon when a Mayday call went out concerning some upturned canoes off the shore near Seamill. It later turned out that the canoes had not been occupied and had merely drifted empty out to sea when some boys had been playing with them. The ferry resumed her schedule a little late.

Earlier this week two helicopters also attended to emergencies on Arran. First of all a red ambulance helicopter attended to a 12-year-old boy who had injured his leg while walking with his father at the south end. On arrival, near Cloined, it was determined that the landing position was too dangerous. Later a Sea King helicopter arrived and the youth was winched on board and taken to Crosshouse Hospital.

Sunny salvation

A great many Arran residents may be unaware that a Scripture Union camp exists on the island or that upwards of 250 children camp there each year. Kings Cross has been home to a Scripture Union camp for over 40 years and back in the early years it was little more than a field scattered with a few tents. But, though the campers still sleep in tents, there are now several buildings on the site including rooms for camp leaders, a dining room and a sizable cooking area.


Ron and Babs Fleming are spending more and more time on Arran. Well known for owning the Wool Sak in Prestwick, the couple bring wool and other items to their other shop, Belford Mill in Whiting Bay which has now become their busiest shop. 01_B29twe01

Following Nigel Price’s spell in China last year two trainees from Yunnan spend the summer helping him and learning how things are done at the gardens at Brodick Castle. This year’s visitor is Lu Yuan Lin whose speciality is geraniums. 01_B29twe02

Children laugh off a powerful right hook in a pillow fight at the Shiskine Valley sports day held on the field at Grannie’s Hill on the Torbeg Road last Saturday. 01_B29twe03

The Cairnhouse Gymkhana enjoyed brilliant weather this year after last year’s wash-out. The overall champion and winner of the Harbour Shop trophy was Jenna Thomson and Merlin. 01_B29twe04

Celebrating access for all were a number of local people, members from Scottish Natural Heritage and other interested parties at the launch of the Arran Access Trust in Glen Rosa recently. 01_B29twe05