Quiet summer

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As we widely expected, summer has been cancelled on Arran with all the major events called off.

However, someone forgot to tell the weather, which has been glorious over the past week, and if anything positive is to come out of lockdown, apart from the obvious lower death rate, it will be there will be some magnificent looking gardens.

That may be a trite flippant but if we can’t have a laugh and a smile during these dark days we are in more trouble than we thought. That is why it is good to see an initiative like Keep Arran Talking being launched.

This is not to help those in need of physical and mental support, who are being catered by other sound support. This is just for people looking for a wee chat, who may not be digitally connected to the outside world. We wish the project well.

Similarly, the excellent work being done by Ian Staples and his team at the community hub should be recognised and applauded. Ian is always quick to thank those who are helping him. So it is only right that he, too, should be thanked for all his efforts along with the weekly applause for NHS staff, shop assistants and other key workers on the island and around the country for their continued devotion to their duties.

Yes, Arran will be quiet this summer – but wait to the summer of 2021.