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At the start of the pandemic in March we took the decision to make online access to our news free of charge by taking down our paywall. At a time where accurate information about Covid-19 was vital to our community, this was the right decision – even though it meant a drop in our income. In order to help safeguard the future of our journalism, the time has now come to reinstate our paywall,
However, rest assured that access to all Covid related news will still remain free. To access all other news will require a subscription, as it did pre-pandemic.
The good news is that for the whole of December we will be running a special discounted offer to get 3 months access for the price of one month. Thank you for supporting us during this incredibly challenging time.
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As Arran’s busy season continues at full pace there is hardly a day that goes by without an event, show, fete or village activity, taking place somewhere on the island. And while it does make for a busy life it is one of the perks of the job to be able to attend a great number of these events to report on them. They all vary, offering something quite unique and characteristic – enough to ensure their longevity – but they all share one common denominator. Working tirelessly behind the scenes or even at the proverbial coalface, is a person, or persons, who organise and ensure the smooth running of these events. Year upon year we see the same faces, the same people who are the glue that binds, to make sure that it all happens. Often it is those same people whom toil at one event, that are seen at another, and another. The dedication and devotion is remarkable, and even though we often hear ‘this is the last year’ many times over, the truth is that it hardly ever is. So it is for this reason that we pay tribute to the unsung heroes, those that give their time for a day, a week, or even a year long involvement, to support, maintain and host these events on Arran. Thank you for helping to keep Arran so very special.