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Sean, Cameron and Ross Paul and Mark Haggart make the most of Wednesday morning’s snow in Lamlash.

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Saturday February 19, 2000

Snow fun

Deep, crisp snow fell on Arran on Tuesday night and the whole island was covered by Wednesday morning. The schools were closed to allow the cheerful children to enjoy this rare event and because the buses could not get through the roads.

Two gritters were deployed and they made their way around the island while trying to avoid abandoned cars. Road salt had unfortunately run out but more arrived on Wednesday morning. More than 400 tonnes of salt and 1.000 tonnes of sand have been used on Arran’s roads so far this winter.

Travel over the String was particularly hazardous and the only cars using the road, and helping stranded vehicles, were four wheeled drive vehicles. Police reported no accidents and by Friday all of the snow had melted with not a single flake to be seen. And while drivers and parents might not have enjoyed the snow the children certainly made the most of it while it lasted.

Arran on film

Filming is to commence this weekend on the BBC programme Against the Odds which features the lifeboat and helicopter rescue of four children off Torrylinn beach last summer.

The programme which is one of a series to be presented by Kate Sanderson will be broadcast nationwide during May and June. It arose from a BBC reporter Paddy Christie reading the story in the Banner and thinking that it would fit into this children’s series about safety and rescue services.

The programme is to be made up of several parts with much of it focusing on the role of the RNLI. As for the children from Kilmory who were involved in the incident it now seems likely that there will be a re-enactment of the rescue but that will be filmed at a later date when the weather is better.

Water quality

The water board is seeking temporary relaxation from its requirement to meet certain standards of water quality on Arran. In most cases it concerns the colour and an excess of iron over the permitted limits. These are expected to meet the acceptable standards within a year or two as the new water pipeline comes on stream. No health risk is deemed to be present.


Sean, Cameron and Ross Paul and Mark Haggart make the most of Wednesday morning’s snow in Lamlash. 01_B07tweY01

Work continues on the Iron Bridge on the Ross Road and this picture shows the extent of the task and how the river has been channelled into two huge pipes with stones and gabions around them. 01_B07tweY02

Farrier Andy Parry and his partner Ruth have moved from Norfolk to Arran and they have bought The Gallery in Whiting Bay. Andy is pictured in front of the ‘house’ which he has renamed St Columba’s which was its name when it was a church. 01_B07tweY03

Robbie MacDonald and Donald Robertson turn their sledges into snowboards at Ormidale Park as Simon Ross Gill awaits his turn. 01_B07tweY04

All of the young musicians who took part in the Young Musician of the Year competition at Brambles Bistro last Tuesday. 01_B07tweY05