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Saturday July 31, 1999

Living in harmony

A report by Dr Sean Damer of Glasgow University called Second Homes on Arran was launched at the Ormidale Pavilion on Wednesday. The Herald newspaper received a copy of it two days before and so by Wednesday the meeting was accompanied by a front page report of second homes on Arran and a full page of analysis. The story was also picked up by Radio 4’s Today programme and Jim Lees was interviewed by John Humphries.

At the meeting Dr Sean Damer poured cold water on the suggestion that there is antipathy between locals and incomers. Describing the relationship between locals, visitors and tourists he suggested that there is a sophisticated interplay between the groups and that the overall picture is that of a very open and welcoming island. According to the assessment, Arran’s people live in relative harmony with each other.

Mail coaster

With everything now coming to Arran in large lorries it is a far cry from when cargo was transported in small coasters. Yet anyone who had been at the hidden lake at the Ivy Cottage Quarry on Tuesday would of seen a perfect model, built by Howard Walker of Lamlash, of the ship that served Arran in the 30s and 40, the Arran Mail.

Built at Denny’s shipyard in Dumbarton for the Caledonian Steam Packet in 1936, she was a new design among railway owned coasters and had her engines fitted aft. She was built to provide additional carrying facilities for mail, cargo and cars – although they would have to travel on the deck or in the hold.  She would leave Ardrossan at 6.45am and relieved passenger steamers of their cargo to allow them to keep to their tight schedules by just carrying passengers and not having to load cargo. It was said of her introduction: ‘Letters are able to be delivered and answered and replies dispatched the same day from the island by the afternoon steamer to Ardrossan.’

The real Arran Mail only cost £10,450 to build while the smaller model was painstakingly built using the actual plans of the Arran Mail herself.



After making a spectacular entrance members of the Golden Lions freefall parachute demonstration team present Heather Queen Rachel Todd with her new crown. 01_B31twe01

Contributing to the high jinks on the high seas was this team of aliens who arrived at the Lochranza boat race dressed for the theme of science fiction. 01_B31twe02

Taking part in the Round Arran Relay organised by Ayrshire Harriers were two teams from Arran Runners. They were: Nick Buloss, Brian Robertson, Alan Miller, Jim Templeton, Tommy Gilmore, Brian Sherwood, Nigel Price, Sarah Thomson and Terry McManus. 01_B31twe03

Main sponsor Donald Kerr with Lamlash Open winner Alison Young and scratch winner Donna Jackson. 01_B31twe04

Neptune and his Sea Queen at the Lochranza Gala weekend are Raymond Jeffries and Debbie Simpson. 01_B31twe05

More than 60 young stars of the future took part in football training camps this week. SFA’s development officers taught basic techniques to five to eight year-olds and advanced skills for the older children.  01_B31twe06