Arran Banner 20 years ago – week 47

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A grand day out

Ninety-eight Arran junior rugby players, aged from 4 to 17, gathered at Brodick pier last Saturday waiting excitedly to set off for Murrayfield to see the international rugby match between Scotland and Australia.

It was, for many, their first opportunity to watch world class rugby and while the journey to Edinburgh was long, it was worth it. Ahead of the match, there was time to buy some stylish Scottish hats and don the Scottish war paint before before entering the stadium.

Scotland held the world champions to a draw at half time but even the disappointing final score, Scotland 9 Australia 30, did not spoil the day.

Family tradition

Bill McNicol, who leads Brodick’s retained firemen, was awarded the fire brigade’s 20 year medal for long service in the Ormidale Hotel on Wednesday evening.

A number of senior fire officers came from the mainland, including deputy firemaster David Kennedy who presented Bill with the medal. Each of Arran’s fire crews were  represented. Also present was Bill’s father Henry, from whom he took over as leading fireman more than 15 years ago.


War paint and fancy hats, the Arran rugby fans get ready for the match. O1_B47tweY01

Bill McNicol with guests at his long service medal presentation. 01_B47tweY02

Trophy winners at the Lamlash ladies golf privegiving and dinner including Shiona Murchie, centre, who is their youngest lady champion. 01_B47tweY03

Meet the team which produces the Arran High School News, in association with the Banner. Six new members have joined the team this session bringing the numbers up to 12. Back row: Vicci Moffat, Laura Nicholson, Jolene Wade, Gayle Jamieson and Becky Jones. Middle: Fergus Reeve, Ashley Devlin, Rosalie Turbett and Fraser Shand. Front row: Gabrielle Hannah, Matthew Johnston and editor Laura Keeney. 01_B47tweY04

Geoff Norris this week received a cheque for £138 as a donation to Arran RNLI. The money was raised by three boys, Tom Robinson, Stuart Robbins and Robert Earle, who cycled round the island in eight hours. 01_B47tweY05

Armistice Day at the Brodick cenotaph last Sunday. The Rev Dr Ian MacLeod took the service, a member of the Arran Cadet Force laid a wreath, Ian Cargill played the last post and Sandy Gauld played the lament. 01_B47tweY06