Want to read more?
We value our content and our journalists, so to get full access to all your local news updated 7-days-a-week – PLUS an e-edition of the Arran Banner – subscribe today for as little as 48 pence per week.
Saturday May 20, 2000
Filming for Cilla Black’s Blind Date TV programme has been taking place on Arran this week.
Mandy from Southampton and Desmond from Watford visited the island this week for their date and, after filming on the ferry, first stop was a cycle to Corrie. The cameras then followed them to Duchess Court where they helped make cheese and saw a fish being smoked at Creelers Smokehouse, where they later enjoyed a romantic meal.
After an overnight stay at Auchrannie, it was over the String to Cairnhouse Stables and a short ride along Blackwaterfoot Beach, before heading up the Machrie and a walk to the standing stones.
The couple’s Blind Date will be shown on national television around Christmas.
Ruth and Alan Thompson, who earlier this year published their book Milestones of Arran, were tidying up around Milestone 10 on the Ross Road when they came across a bottle containing a message.
It turned out to be a handwritten account of a visit to Glenscorrodale by the 1st Chesterford Scouts from Cambridgeshire in August 1985. This week they showed their find to Frances Sanctuary who, along with husband Anthony, wrote the original Courier book in the mid-70s about Arran’s milestones who was fascinated by the find. Frances, who now lives in Dorset, is still an annual visitor to the Lagg Hotel.
Mandy is filmed on Arran during her blind date. 01_B20tweY01
A new disabled buggy, costing £9,000, has gone into service at Brodick Castle. It will be operated by the Friends of Brodick Castle, seen here waving off the first customers. 01_B20tweY02
Last Saturday, at the Shurig in Whiting Bay, Michael Lindsay, Neil McKechnie, Peter McCabe, George Cooper and Jaff agreed to have their heads shaved in aid of charity. Wielding the scissors and clippers were Davy Ballantyne, Samantha Ferguson and Anne Collins. 01_B20tweY03
Ruth and Alan Thompson, with Frances Sanctuary, centre, with their milestone find. 01_B20tweY04
Action from the final of the Arran Haulage Cup on Saturday where Lamlash beat Shiskine 3-1 in front of a decent crowd at Ormidale Park. 01_B20tweY05