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Saturday March 25, 2000

Bottle roads

Arran’s roads may not be smooth as glass but soon they will be partly made of glass. And while this will not greatly improve the roads it will solve what has been a growing problem for the Arran Recycling Company.

In short all bottles so carefully put into bottle banks have become almost impossible to recycle. A glut of green wine bottles and the cost of sending the bottles to the mainland has meant that it is no longer worth the effort of collecting them. A bottle mountain is growing by the week at Market Road with little sign that it might be removed.

Now the perfect answer has been found. A suggestion has been made to John Thomson Construction that they crush the glass and use it themselves. It turns out they have the appropriate machinery and the process can commence almost immediately.

Thanks to a lot of open mindedness the bottle recycling problem appears to have been solved and in the most environmentally friendly way possible.

Desert Island Discs

Another successful and entertaining session of Desert Island Discs was held at Brodick Castle last Saturday. The two castaways were Mairi McInnes and Alec Clark, both of whom have led very interesting lives.

First we had the delightful Mairi who has lived on the outskirts of Lamlash for a few years. Coming from a musical family it was not surprising that she soon developed a warm singing voice and when she was still a young girl she won the gold medal at the Mod, the youngest person ever to do so. Now of course she is internationally known and her records and albums are always greatly admired.  Most of the records she chose to take to the desert island were Scottish folk songs.

By contrast, Alec Clark created Mayfest, the great annual get-together in Glasgow with internationally famous artists of all persuasions. He has been a board member or director of so many organisations that his CV runs to many, many pages. Alec chose to take a wide variety of music into exile with him, most recorded from old 78s.


Pupils and janitors at the picket line outside Arran High. The strike action involves about half of all janitors in North Ayrshire who will see their wages being reduced by new working conditions. 01_B12tweY01

Put to the test at a trade exhibition at the Auchrannie Hotel, Richard Roberts receives opinions on his Arran Ale made at the new Arran Brewery. 01_B12tweY02

Stewart Lambie presents the winners of the Burns Speaking competition with their certificates and prizes. P5-7 winners were June Bunyan, Seonaid Anderson, Sabrina Beaton and Kirsty McBain. 01_B12tweY03

Peter Sloan shows off the goods while Jim Lees leads the bidding at the Corrie and Sannox Harbour Trust auction. Not just an opportunity to pick up a bargain the auction also provides much entertainment. 01_B12tweY04

A work party tackled the overgrown and disused putting green in Whiting Bay recently. With more than 20 volunteers taking part the green is expected to open for business in a few weeks. 01_B12tweY05