Arran Banner letters – week 18

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Condolences to Jim’s family


I was sad to learn of the passing of Jim Campbell, formerly of Strathwhillan Farm, Brodick and offer my condolences to his family (Arran Banner of Friday April 24).

During the 1950s and 1960s, my mother, father, late brother and I used to spend our fortnight’s holiday at the farm. I seem to recall at some point Jim went away to join the RAF, probably on National Service, but when he was at the farm he was always good fun to be with.

My late brother and I spent most of our time helping Jim’s brother Ian in and around the farm, apart from the early morning cycle ride downhill all the way to Wooleys.

Arthur W Sales,

Holiday not happening


I have a booking on the Ardrossan-Brodick ferry on July 23 at the start of a one week holiday. Following the first minister’s advice today that social distancing of six feet will be required for months to come and, car passengers cannot remain isolated in their vehicles during the crossing, what measures are CalMac going to introduce to allow visitors to go to Arran this summer? Or should all holidaymakers cancel their holidays now?

I attach for your interest the reply from CalMac regarding the feasibility of holidaymakers going to Arran on the ferry this summer.

I had hoped they would describe possible ways that social distancing on board could be achieved, but none is offered at this time. Hence it looks like this year’s holiday will not be happening.

Ian A Brown,

Here is the CalMac reply: ‘Good morning. Thank you for your e-mail. Please accept our apologies in the delay in replying to you – we have been receiving an unprecedented number of enquiries.

‘As of March 22 our services are for essential travel only – either permanent island residents or for key workers servicing the islands – and this will be in place until further notice so we are unable to definitively say what the situation will be for July yet.

‘It is against MCA regulations to allow passengers to remain in their vehicles and we currently have no control to change this however we are liaising with the Scottish Government and Public Health Scotland daily and once the situation is clearer for the summer we will update the COVID-19 section on our website.

The safety of our customers and staff is always our utmost priority so please be assured we will do everything we can to ensure a safe travel environment.

‘If we can assist you further in any way then please do not hesitate to reply.’