The year in review – January to June, 2021

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There can be no doubt 2021 has been a challenging year for everyone on Arran. Still, despite the challenges, Arran residents have once again taken on life’s obstacles with stoicism, courage and an indomitable spirit and achieved remarkable things.

And it is with this same resolve, we can all look forward to a prosperous, happy and healthy 2022.

In part one of our customary look at the year in review, we highlight some of the human stories that made the headlines from January to June this year.


January: Mrs Lindsay Todd is surrounded by her class at Corrie Primary School as she is given a rousing send off on her retiral from teaching. 01_B53corrie02

January: Health services on Arran began their mass vaccination programme at the high school with hundreds of people receiving their first dose of the vaccine. Health worker Siobhan McGinlay receives the vaccine from Ailsa Weir. No_B05vaccination02

February: Winners of the annual Corrie’s Capers competition were announced after dozens of entries were received from all over Scotland. Eva Curley, aged seven, from Corriegills, is pictured with her drawing of Corrie at Glen Rosa which was highly commended by the judge. No_B06cover01

February: Brodick Primary School’s primary one to three pupils looked delighted to be back in class after a long lockdown. 01_B09school10

March: Poppy and Flora Murdoch plant an apple tree in Lochranza as part of the Arran Pioneer Project’s Lochranza orchard. NO_B13plant01

March: Emerging Arran artist Jane Greenstreet is to have her work featured in a prestigious exhibition to be hosted online this year. NO_B10artist01

April: The Reverend Elizabeth Watson, right, after her retiral presentation with reader Sharon Macleod, left, and long-serving Kirk Session member Gill Gregory. 01_B14minister01

April: Thirty firefighters from Arran and the mainland battled a blaze in Glen Cloy which took more than four hours to extinguish. The firefighters are pictured after the blaze was brought under control. 01_B17fire04

May: Walk leaders Jo Totty, centre, and Franny Schlicke, far left, take a well-earned rest at the top of Windmill Hill during a 17km guided walk during the Arran Mountain Festival. 01_B21mountain01

May: Louie Ross answered all 1,000 questions correctly in a national Sumdog competition. Louie was one of only six pupils who achieved this out of 25,500 entries. NO_B19sums02

June: Lockdown leavers – the Arran High School sixth year pupils who celebrated their last day at school with a barbecue and an afternoon of fun. NO_B23leavers01

June: Arran GP Dr Liz Guthrie has been appointed Deputy Lieutenant of Ayrshire and Arran. NO_B24lord01