Arran Banner 20 years ago – week 21

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Saturday May 27, 2000

Market doubt

The future looks bleak for Brodick auction market. With fewer and fewer beasts being forwarded over the years, it is near the point where it might not continue.

Auctioneers A & J Wilson announced in this week’s Banner that its next two stock sales are to be cancelled and the following one, the day after the Arran Show, will only take place if enough beasts are entered. Thus, unless things take a turn for the better, it looks as if the market’s days are numbered.

The sales with the most animals, at present, are the sheep sales in September and although sheep prices are poor, at least these should continue for a while.

Song and dance

Arran Music and Drama Club will be staging its production of Irene in Brodick hall on five nights next week.

For the first time, the production will feature The Arran Dancers who will be perform tango, ragtime and Charleston routines.

This Cinderella story set in the nostalgic era of the 1920s tells the tale of an Irish girl who finds adventure and romance in the glamorous New York world of high fashion and features classic songs including ‘You made me love you’, ‘What d’ya wanna make those eyes at me for’ and, of course, the title track ‘Irene’.

The Arran Dancers are put through their paces at a rehearsal of Irene. 01_B21tweY01

Ross Duncan who won the junior match play golf last week, which makes him Arran’s junior golfing champion. In the final Ross, 14, faced Alastair Kelly, the same pairing as last year, but the result was different with Ross coming out on top. 01_B 21tweY02

And they’re off. Young swimmers compete in a race at the annual primary schools swimming gala at the Kinloch Hotel pool on Wednesday. 01_B21tweY03

Tommy Gilmore leads from the front as 94 runners head out of Brodick at the start of the first Goatfell hill race of the millennium. 01_B21tweY04

Visitors inspect the line-up of Morris 8s, Morris Minors and Morris Metropolitans at Brodick Castle last Sunday when the Morris Owners’ Club paid a visit. 01_B21tweY05