Arran Banner 20 Years Ago – week 03

An Arran contingent of 62 locals joined the Clyde River Steamer Club’s annual outing when they sailed around Pladda on CalMac’s latest addition to the fleet, the MV Clansman.

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Saturday January 22, 2000

Sinking feeling

Stagecoach bus driver Morag McQueen was driving children home from Whiting Bay Primary School when she stopped her minibus opposite the Coffee Pot in Whiting Bay to let some children off. She then tried to move off again but the bus would not budge. ‘I thought the brakes had seized,’ she said.

Morag jumped out of the bus and was amazed to see that the front off-side wheel had sunk right into the road. She got the rest of the children out of the bus and telephoned the depot in Brodick. Stagecoach manager Colin McCort said: ‘The bus had sunk right down to the cross member and chassis and that was what prevented it sinking further into the road.’ There have been two instances of windscreens breaking in the last fortnight owing to the road twisting the bus frame and smashing the glass.

Last week a driver also refused to take the school bus any further when he encountered subsidence in Kildonan. These incidents are not a reflection of the bus service itself, but on the condition of the roads.

Soap opera

Just outside Whiting Bay Garage there is a pothole. It’s one of these perennial potholes which the council carefully fill but it seems to need regular treatment. And it has been appearing there for many years, long before current proprietor George Lammie bought the garage.

But when George recently phoned the Roads Department to say that the hole again needed their attention, he was amazed to hear that he himself could be at the root of the problem. He has since received a written warning from the Assistant Island Officer that he should cease washing cars at the side of his garage as he is contravening Section 99 of the Roads (Scotland) Act 1984 by allowing foul water to flow on to a public road.

George says that he only washes a couple of cars a week that have had a major service, and with professional car shampoo. So now customers get their cars back dirty and perhaps we know know the reason behind Arran’s potholes – too much soapy water!

Millennium mirror

Some might remember receiving a mug with the Queens head, or something else depending on where you lived, to commemorate the Coronation. Children from Corrie will in the future also have something to remember the millennium thanks to the village committee.

At the Corrie New Year party each of the 44 children under 18 were presented with a millennium mirror. Carved by Marvin Elliott in wood and then cast in bronze resin, each mirror is about seven inches high. Those who still have the Coronation mugs will now know how valuable they are and in time the Corrie millennium mirror may be too.

Organic farmer Rosemary Glister of Auchaleffan Farm feeds two of her Oxford Sandy and Black pigs. 01_B03tweY01

Bus driver Morag McQueen with her young charges whom she had just rescued from a sinking bus. 01_B03tweY02

Friends of Brodick Castle cut back rhododendrons and finish removing trees that have been waiting to be removed since last year’s fierce storms which brought down many trees.01_B03tweY03

An Arran contingent of 62 locals joined the Clyde River Steamer Club’s annual outing when they sailed around Pladda on CalMac’s latest addition to the fleet, the MV Clansman. 01_B03tweY04

A bulk tanker carrying animal feeds took a full day to be unloaded and pulled out of a ditch. Not the result of poor roads but the result of pulling into the ditch to save an overtaking car which could not make it back onto the road while an oncoming car approached.. 01_B03tweY05