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Saturday February 12, 2000

First rescue

The Arran lifeboat had its first call out of the millenium this week and saved the life of an Arran man who, had they been a little later, may have been lost at sea.

With a force 7 offshore wind blowing the man tried to get to his boat, which had broke free from its moorings in Lamlash Bay,  in a rubber dinghy but got into difficulties and the lifeboat was called.

Launched within four minutes of the call when the lifeboat reached the sailor he was too weak to row. The took him aboard the lifeboat and towed the boat back to the shore.

Goatfell indicators

The history of the Goatfell indicators has been a topic of discussion following a letter to the Banner from a Glasgow schoolgirl. It seems the first indicator at the top of the mountain was erected in 1929 and was paid for by the Daily Record.

This was removed at the start of the Second World War, as were many signposts in case of invasion, and it was not until 1981 that it was replaced, again paid for by the Daily Record. However, this was removed after being vandalised in 1988 and its replacement, which was paid for by Kilwinning Rotary Club, remains in place today.

Some of the Brodick ladies golf prizewinners at their annual dinner and prize-giving last Friday evening. They are (left to right): Pat Adamson, Helen Boyd, Anne MacVicar, Elma Bayne, Janice Gemmell, Kate Robertson, Irene Rollo, Mary Sloss, Aileen Latona, Grace Hamilton and Elizabeth Drummond. 01_B06twe01

Last week Maurice Deighton of Kildonan was presented with a long service award for 20 years duty with the Coastguard in the Navy Buildings in Greenock. The presentation was made by John Astbury, Chief Coastguard UK. Also present were David McKinnon of Kildonan, David Shaw, Galloway sector manager, Morag McQueen of Shiskine and Rebecca Lacey of Kildonan. 01_B06twe02

Sandie MacLeod on the Hospital Supporter’s League receives a cheque for £500 from Murray Small, Brodick’s BP oil depot manager. The donation will contribute to the purchase of a portable UV light machine, used for treating people with skin conditions. 01_B06twe03

Russian folk group Myllarit entertained a full house in Whiting Bay Hall last Saturday night. Literally translated as The Millers, the six men and one woman are from Petyrozavodsk in the Republic of Karelia, close to the Russian/Finnish border. 01_B06twe04

The official unveiling of the indicator board at the top of Goatfell on 26th May 1981. 01_B06twe05