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Arran farmers Keith Irving, Elizabeth Robertson, George Tod and Charles McAlister joined farming colleagues from across Scotland to deliver eight petitions to the Scottish Parliament after a march in Edinburgh.

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Saturday January 15, 2000

Petrol inquiry

A special committee is to be held within the Scottish Parliament to consider the price we pay for our petrol on the island. The enterprise and lifelong learning committee is to convene a single session inquiry into differential petrol pricing at the end of this month.


When a packed public meeting was held in Brodick at the end of last September three MSPs were present and all left vowing to follow up things as expeditiously as possible. This inquiry is a direct result of their efforts and two of them, Allan Wilson and Annabelle Goldie, will be among the 11 MSPs to sit on that inquiry.

Evidence will be sought from the Arran Council for Voluntary Service, Shell, Esso, BP, the Office of Fair Trading, the Petrol Retailers Association and the Highlands and Islands Hydrocarbon Action Group, and a report is expected to be published early this year.

Remote learning

Arran High School was one of many locations watching, via videoconferencing link, as Scottish Executive deputy minister Alasdair Morrison opened new Argyll Colleges on Tuesday. He opened learning centres on Mull, Islay, Tiree, Campbeltown, Dunoon, Rothesay and Oban, but not on Arran.


Arran will follow through in around nine months time when its own ‘university’ or remote learning centre will open behind Arran High with links to both Argyll College and James Watt College in Greenock. Those gathered at the high school watched the proceedings in anticipation as building work on Arran’s link in the Argyll College chain is expected to start this month with completion expected by September.

Unlucky driver

A local driver had an unfortunate mishap after skidding on ice at Gorton Jockey in Lamlash on Thursday morning. His vehicle came to rest just hanging over the edge of the sea wall and he naturally rushed off to seek assistance to tow it to safety. On returning he found that another car had skidded on the same patch of ice and had banged into his own. As a result his car was now lying upside down on the beach. How unlucky can you be?

Participants at Arran High School connected via video link watch various Argyll Colleges being opened across Scotland. The Arran will follow in nine months. 01_B02twenty01

Secretary of the Arran branch of Ladies Lifeboat Guild, Margaret McGill, was awarded with a silver badge for her work on behalf of the RNLI. Margaret has been helping to raise funds for the RNLI for 13 years. 01_B02twenty02

Colin Currie holds son Wallace and wife Laura’s champion bird of the show, a Cayuga Drake, at the Arran Chookie Show. 01_B02twenty03

Saying boo to a goose at the Chookie Show are Lois Griffin, Hannah Dobson, Laura Bone and Ainsley Bone. 01_B02twenty04

Arran farmers Keith Irving, Elizabeth Robertson, George Tod and Charles McAlister joined farming colleagues from across Scotland to deliver eight petitions to the Scottish Parliament after a march in Edinburgh. 01_B02twenty05