Arran Banner 20 years ago – week 32

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Saturday August 7, 1999

Archaeological dig

Work is underway on the water pipeline across the String and, eventually, round the Southend. Archaeologists however are still at work in case any interesting finds emerge.

The tender to excavate from the pumping station to the Southend has been won by a team from Glasgow University and at present they are doing a controlled strip of the soil. This is to assess the archaeological potential as they go. So far, at the top of the String, some wooden tools have been found under the peat, further down some flint items were uncovered and recently, evidence of a boat and house were unearthed in Glencloy.

Something brewing

It was six years ago, when the distillery was still struggling through the planning process, that Richard and Elisabeth Roberts were on holiday on Arran from High Wycombe. Reading about the distillery-to-be, Richard said to his wife that if Arran was to have its own whisky then it ought to have its own beer too.

Now, just before the millennium, Richard and Elisabeth will be producing that Arran beer. Work has just got underway on a small brewery at Cladach and the ambition is to start brewing by November. What started as a dream is now hurtling at full speed towards becoming a reality. Richard, a sculptor and sculptors technician, and Elisabeth, a social worker, had worked on the idea for a number of years and have raised a significant sum of money from savings, loans and some public investment to fund the venture. They have also taken brewing classes and within months their ambition will be realised.

Feis Arainn

The third Fèis Arainn took place last week on the campus of Arran High School with 56 primary schoolchildren, some secondary, and two adults, taking part. A massive logistical operation, with daily transport laid on, ensured that the event was accessible for everyone.

The format has been changed this year to provide a Fèis which can be repeated annually instead of sporadically as has happened until now. This decision was made by the enthusiastic committee dynamically led by Mairi MacInnes. It is also in their remit to secure tutors from all over Scotland and they have once again brought in tutors from some of the most accomplished performers.

Arran’s first MSP, Allan Wilson (second from right), meets with recipients and members of Care and Repair, a scheme offering financial and practical help to the elderly. 01_B32twe01

As part of the third Feis Arainn, attendees enjoyed a variety of Gaelic instruction and information, including a demonstration on Highland dress. 01_B32twe02

The Brodick Improvements Committee held its first 200 Club draw at the Ormidale Hotel last week. Funds raised from the initiative will be used for a number of projects throughout the village.  01_B32twe03

An assortment of characters pictured at the fancy dress competition held during the week-long Corrie Capers festival. 01_B32twe04

A fantastic turnout at the Brodick Church fete helped to raise a healthy total of £3,500 for church coffers – this sum also includes proceeds from the Church auction. 01_B32twe05