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The excitement was palpable as a group of recycled teenagers waited at the Ormidale Pavilion for the coach to take them on the annual Arran Elderly Forum summer outing, writes Mairi S Christie.
They did not have to wait long and poured into the coach, welcomed by a big smile from Alastair Forsyth, the bus driver. The bus was full and everyone was looking forward to seeing the new distillery at Lagg.
The journey round the Southend from Brodick was enhanced by Stuart Gough’s superb commentary. All were fascinated by his knowledge of the history of, and special aspects of, each village and area. Even those born on this beautiful island learned something new and enjoyed reliving fond memories. There were many great stories, many jokes, much laughter and even the sun came out. The views were beautiful as ever, and the distillery presented a marvelous venue for lunch.
Most people were impressed by the beautifully designed spaces, the ease of movement around the building and the facilities for all – a great deal of thought had gone into making people feel at home. The chatter level was high as was the laughter. Lunch was enjoyed amid interesting discussion, much of it about which of the two very different distilleries they liked best.
As the group returned to the coach, provided free of charge by Stagecoach, the rain came on, but nobody seemed to mind too much as they returned to Brodick. All had been highly entertained by great commentary, skilled driving and a lovely welcome at the distillery.
The new session of monthly meetings begins later this month after the Summer break, with the agm being held on Wednesday September 18 in the Ormidale Pavilion, 10.30am for an 11am start.
The forum has many issues to think about and many actions to decide. Our island has many problems as well as joys. Hopefully the group will have influence on some of those and will be strengthened by new members with varied interests and expertise. All are welcome and meetings are open to everyone.
Elderly Forum members wait excitedly for the bus to take them to the new distillery. No_B35elderly01
Forum members enjoy a meal at The Sheiling Restaurant. No_B35elderly02
The visitors take a tour of the building and have a look at all of the facilities. No_B35elderly03
The bus ride was made enjoyable with the knowledgeable commentary from Stuart Gough. No_B35elderly04
The visit stimulated a rich discussion and brought back vivid memories after seeing the historic displays. No_B35elderly05