Brass band entertain at museum

The Arran Brass Band performing in the new garden room at the museum. 01_B156brass01

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A concert by the Arran Brass Band was the centrepiece of Easter entertainment at the Arran Heritage Museum last Saturday.

Concern over the weather saw the band play in the new garden room rather than the museum lawn but their performance was enjoyed by those watching from the cafe.

Meanwhile, the new fortnightly Tuesday Talks about Arran programme at the museum was launched last week with great success by John Sillars, with his talk on the Arran Clearances, as reported in the Banner.

Sadly many people had to be turned away for lack of space as the venue only holds seating for 30.

However, John has agreed to repeat his talk on Thursday May 5 at 1.45pm, on a first-come-first served basis.

The programme continues at 2.30pm on Tuesday April 26 with a talk by Charles Currie on Arran’s Tourism History.

As an islander and a former island tourism manager he will have many tales to tell.

The subject of the latest display at the museum is titled ‘Doon The Watter – holidays on Arran over the years’ so the growth of the island’s major industry is certainly in the spotlight this year.

Over the years many folk have donated items to the museum, lots of which have been books and booklets about Arran.

Inevitably there have been many duplicated donations, so the donors have agreed that if their gifts are not required they can be sold for museum funds.

That being so the museum will hold a book sale of Arran related titles on Sunday May 1 from 11.30am to 3.30pm with many titles to choose from.