Summer to remember

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Summer has well and truly started on Arran.

The bumper weekend bank holiday trade will have brought much needed relief to the tourist trade left struggling during the pandemic.

We may not be out of the woods yet – but the signs are promising.

Good news, too, to see the MV Isle of Arran finally back in service on the Brodick to Ardrossan route which will free up more space for visitors trying to come to the island – as well as islanders looking to leave.

With Glasgow, along with Arran, now in level 2 restrictions from midnight tonight (Friday) we are sure there will be many family reunions this weekend.

But as the island, and the country, emerge from the pandemic, let’s not just think it is business as usual for everyone.

The shocking figures of the losses suffered by the island during the pandemic, as reported in this week’s Banner, cannot be written off lightly.

The sum of £55million is a worrying one and hides a plethora of anxiety and concerns for the future of businesses left scrambling to survive on savings or make-piece government loans and grants.

That support must be maintained as businesses find their feet as trade picks up at last.

We have no doubt Arran is in for a super summer which got off to a sparkling start last weekend – helped in no little part by the weather.

Let’s hope the sun keeps shining and the staycation visitors keep coming, and we can all have a summer to remember.