Show of unity

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Love them or loath them there can be no doubt that fish farms arouse strong feelings in proponents both for and against.

Not since the first public meeting in Lamlash in January 1989, where 200 people filled the community centre to object to a fish farm proposal in Lamlash Bay, has Arran seen such a vociferous and well attended protest as that from last weekend.

Granted, there have been many issues since that have been held to intense public scrutiny, and received their fair share of public opinion, but the sight of 200 protesters from differing strata of Arran’s population certainly highlights a strength of feeling in the community. And while it is by no means a definitive representation of the feelings of the entire population, by Arran standards it speaks volumes.

But by far the most moving aspect of the entire event was seeing such a large gathering of Arran folk joining together for a cause that they strongly believe in, despite the difficulties that the arduous trek presented. And, like a family who do not always agree, but who come together at times of strife, you can’t help but admire the show of such unity and cohesion.

But opponents have a long fight ahead of them yet.