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Four women sit on a bench waiting for a bus, a scene from the Shiskine WRI performance of Bus Stop, one of four plays performed at the opening night of the Arran Drama Festival.

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Saturday February 26, 2000

Brodick to Broomielaw

Board a ferry at Brodick, sit in a comfortable reclining seat, watch the Clyde coast whizzing by at 35 knots and then step off two hours later in the centre of Glasgow. What’s more you can enjoy a service that will operate four or five return trips a day and if you are a shopaholic you can hop off at the new Braehead Shopping Centre.

This is the dream that has been gestating for over a year by two men from Langbank near Greenock who are operating under the company name of Clydefast. The idea was made public on Tuesday if it is to go ahead the ships would be different and Clydefast have been in discussions with US company Lockheed Martin. They have been developing a new hull form for the US navy which could be used.

The plan is that the vessel will leave Brodick and 32 minutes later it will arrive at Rothsay to pick up passengers. 18 minutes later she will call at Dunoon, 14 minutes will take her to Greenock, a further 28 minutes to Braehead and 11 minutes after that at the Broomielaw. Whatever the outcome of the proposal it is a very brave and exiting venture.

Postal problem

Pirnmill, which temporarily lost its post office and shop three years ago, is again faced with a possible hiccup in the service, and, says owner Mike Paterson, it is all down to Post Office Counters.

With the current postmistress having handed her notice in, Mr Paterson found a family with three children who are very keen to come to Arran but the post office has dragged its heels in sorting things out. Because a sub-postmaster is part shop owner and part a Post Office employee, they have to vet any new person. Despite being told last December Post Office Counters have done nothing about it.

Gift Shop demolition

Planning permission was granted this week to demolish the Gift Shop in Brodick to make way for new premises. The new Bilslands shop will be eight metres high and have the main sales floor on the ground level with a further sales area on a raised floor behind. On the upper floor will be a gallery and coffee bar and further sales space arranged around an open area above the ground floor. The existing go-cart area and mini golf will remain unchanged.

Four women sit on a bench waiting for a bus, a scene from the Shiskine WRI performance of Bus Stop, one of four plays performed at the opening night of the Arran Drama Festival. 01_B08tweY01

From Glasgow, and a regular holidaymaker in Lochranza, police superintendent Jim Green is the new man in charge of the North Ayrshire area and holds overall responsibility for Arran. 01_B08tweY02

Sheila Gilmore receives a cheque for Arran Out of School Care from NAC councillor John Sillars. The money will assist with seven Arran projects that will help parents with after school care for their children. 01_B08tweY03

A model of the type of vessel being considered for the Arran to Glasgow ferry service. 01_B08tweY04

The winter series of the Arran Nursery Sheepdog Trials came to a close last Saturday with Geoff Brookes taking the Cnoc Trophy and the Druid Cup. Pictured are Geoff with Shep on the left and his mother, Nell, on the right. 01_B08tweY05