Arran Banner Letters – week 21, 2021


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Catacol placemarker returned


On behalf of Arran Arts Heritage Trail, I would like to express my thanks to the Arran community, local and further afield, for their help in our search for the missing Catacol placemarker.

The marker, made from reclaimed red Arran sandstone, is dedicated to the Wingate family of artists who painted along the west coast of Arran. It went missing on April 28 this year.

I am delighted to inform readers the placemarker turned up unscathed last week, almost in the exact spot it went missing from in Glen Catacol carpark. I am very grateful to the Catacol community for informing me of its safe return and for their vigilance looking for it.

We are delighted the placemarker has been returned. This will allow us to complete the physical trail of 20 placemakers across the island dedicated to artists who were inspired by the landscapes of Arran.

A huge thank you to the fairy folk, human folk, or others for its safe return. We really are most grateful. If anyone feels like sharing the story of ‘Wingates Wanderings’ we would love to know more – no repercussions of course.

Thank you again to the returnees, whoever they are.


Ruth Impey, Project Manager, Arran Arts Heritage Trail.

Narrow escape


I recently got into a bit of trouble whilst parking my car in front of the War Memorial Hospital in Lamlash.

I thought I had applied the footbrake correctly, but the car didn’t stop and I overshot the parking space, ending up on the grass verge on the edge of a steeply sloping bank. I was in a state of shock and would like to thank the very kind driver who helped me by reversing the car out of danger.

This incident made me realise that driving on Arran is not as simple as it may seem. There are many pitfalls for the unwary, as the island demands a different set of skills from those needed in towns and cities.


Ian Swindale, London.

Nominate your hero


The 2021 National Lottery Awards are open for entries. Once again, the annual search is on for the UK’s favourite National Lottery funded people and projects which will recognise those individuals and organisations who have made an extraordinary impact in their community – especially during these unprecedent times.

National Lottery players raise £30 million every week for good causes and we know this money is being used in amazing and inspiring ways. As part of The National Lottery Awards we want to celebrate those whose selfless dedication and fantastic work makes such a difference in villages, towns and cities across the country.

Encompassing all areas of National Lottery funding, you can nominate local legends and hometown heroes in the following categories: culture, arts and film, community/charity, heritage and sport. In addition, there will be a young hero award for someone under the age of 18.

Groups or organisations are eligible to enter The National Lottery Project of the Year category, where shortlisted finalists will be put to a public vote later in the year.

All award winners will receive a National Lottery Awards trophy and £3,000 for their organisation.

Nominations can be made by completing an entry form at All nominees must have been funded by The National Lottery or be associated with a National Lottery funded project. Entries must be received by midnight on June 7 2021.


Jonathan Tuchner, National Lottery Awards.