Arran Banner Letters – week 11 2020

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Lamlash Events will be running the third Arran Rock ‘n’ Blues Festival on September 26 and 27 this year.

The festival takes place in a marquee on Lamlash Green over the weekend with a sensational line-up of around 20 great bands plus a marketplace for island businesses to showcase their wares.

Last year we sold out of 500 tickets prior to the event and we are expecting the festival to again bring a boost to many businesses on the island.

We had great feedback on the success of last year’s event and if you have anything you would like to share with us you are invited to the public consultation event we are holding. This will be held at the Co-op in Brodick from 10am to 4pm on April 12. Alternatively you can find out more about the festival on Facebook or take a look at our website

Since the inception of the festival, each year we are being required to provide more infrastructure over and above that provided last year. We are being asked to have a disabled accessible toilet close to the marquee on the Green and to pay for four additional police for the event. These, and other such costs, are in addition to the cost of bands, travel, accommodation, marquee and licences.

Ticket costs cannot cover all these expenses and remain reasonable, therefore, we are looking at other avenues to subsidise the event. One such avenue is sponsorship either as a friend of Lamlash Events or a business. Another is advertising in the programme which will be distributed in music venues further afield.

Should you feel able to offer support, please get in touch or donate through our website on the ‘Get Involved’ page.

Any money raised by the festival will go to Lamlash Events which is a not for profit organisation run by island residents who have been driving Santa’s Sparkle for the last three years, the Rock ‘n’ Blues Festival and supporting the Arran VegFest being held this weekend.

Lamlash Events is committed to creating opportunities to encourage visitors to Arran and to ensure local businesses benefit and the community enjoy the events. The marketplaces at the Rock ’n’ Blues Festival and Santa’s Sparkle showcase the great work of crafters and artists along with local produce. We hope to see you at our events and thank you for supporting Lamlash Events.


The directors, Lamlash Events.

Passenger comfort

I was looking at the minutes of the Arran Ferry Committee meeting held on January 13 and was surprised at item 3.12: ‘The plans for a crew gym and relocation of the children’s play area have been circulated. The area identified was in the current observation lounge which is often used as a quiet area for passengers. It was disappointing this has been decided without proper passenger engagement and the arrangements compromised passenger comfort and facilities.’

The lounge can be very busy during the summer and is often full. It is an ideal area for accommodating school parties – so much for being a quiet area. This is just another example of passengers being ignored, eg Brodick terminal. What is the alternative location for these passengers, especially on a rainy day?

The response from the ferry committee ‘disappointing’ is not encouraging and I can understand why the Arran Ferry Action Group was established. I trust a crew gym is being included in the new ferry, considering the extended period it will be stuck in port due to cancellations.


Robin Gardner, Lamlash and Milton of Campsie

Earth Hour


I’m writing to encourage readers to join millions around the world in turning off their lights and celebrating the World Wildlife Fund’s (WWF) Earth Hour on Saturday March 28 at 8.30pm.

We are in the midst of a climate and nature emergency. We have destroyed forests, polluted the oceans and messed up the climate. But what happens next is up to us. You can be part of the change by taking part in Earth Hour.

All eyes are on Scotland this year ahead of the UN climate talks in Glasgow this November, so now is the time for Scottish communities to stand up and be counted.

So whether it’s switching off your lights, switching off your phone for an hour or celebrating with others, Earth Hour is a time to reconnect to what is important. Taking part is a great way to showcase your group’s environmental action, get new people involved and be part of a global movement.

To find out what’s on near you, visit


Lang Banks, director, WWF Scotland.


When clearing out old paperwork, I came across this photograph which was taken at the Experimental Aircraft Association Airventure airshow at Oshkosh, Wisconsin, a number of years ago.  When I drove into the car park I just happened to park behind this vehicle. It is a very big event so I cannot imagine what the odds were of choosing that parking spot


Ian Grant, Lamlash.

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