Arran Banner letters, week 22, 2022

The superyacht Eos in Lamlash Bay.

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Grateful thanks


It was a great joy and a tremendous privilege for me to spend an idyllic childhood at Thunderguy Farm just outside the lovely wee village of Pirnmill.

After retiring from the civil service it was such a pleasure to obtain the tenancy of an amenity house in the enchanting village of Lochranza.

It is such a blessing to enjoy the company of kindly, good-hearted neighbours who are always so willing to lend a hand in times of difficulty.

Last Sunday my dearest friend Janice and myself popped into the Co-operative store in Brodick as Janice wished to purchase a couple of items. Unfortunately, I began to feel unwell to such an extent that an ambulance was called to convey me to Arran War Memorial Hospital in Lamlash. I received superb treatment from the doctors and nurses at the hospital.

I deeply desire to send my warmest thanks to the Brodick Co-operative store and Arran War Memorial Hospital for all their kindness and invaluable assistance. I also appreciate the wonderfully kind, devoted attention I received from the district nurses several times a week.

Many thanks to everyone who has given me so much love and support on my return to beautiful Arran.


Fiona Fraser,



Rethink church decision


The Banner has brought to the attention of the Arran people that Lamlash Church and hall are scheduled to be closed by presbytery. It is the biggest venue on the island, houses an excellent pipe organ and bells and valuable stained glass windows.

Lamlash has the high school, the largest primary school, the fire station, coastguard, council offices and the hospital. To have no church is outrageous and Lamlash Church is the only place of worship in the village.

Please can we put pressure on the powers-that-be to rethink this decision.


Betty Dick,



Brighter times


At a committee meeting of the Arran Horticultural Society plans were laid for the summer show in the high school on Wednesday August 10.

All the elements relating to the show were gone through in some detail in preparation for the schedules which will be available in mid-July.

It is hoped that, after the dark days of Covid, both exhibitors and visitors will enjoy setting up and viewing the colourful displays. We need all the brightness we can get.


John Sillars,



Not being fair

The letter in last week’s Banner asking for the toilets on the island to be given an upgrade prompted this poem in reply.


Oh dear what can the matter be
Alice Wilson hates our lavatories
They are cleaned from Sunday to Saturday
We don’t think she’s being very fair

Our great Brodick and Lamlash committees
Ensure the toilets are quite s—t free
Without volunteers she’d be behind a tree
We don’t think she’s being very fair

We can’t pander for effete middle classes
Who deign to deposit from lily white asses
Then expect a spray to cover their gasses
We don’t think she’s being very fair

We hope that she left a sizeable donation
To ensure a continuing volunteer rotation
If she did then expect our ovation
But we still think she’s not being fair


Colin Guthrie,



Arran had a visit from one of the largest private sailing yachts in the world at the start of the week, as shown in this photograph taken by reader David Black.

The $200 million (£160m) luxury yacht Eos was anchored at Lamlash Bay just off Kingscross.

The three-masted Bermuda rigged scooner was built in 2006. It is 305 feet long, has six bedrooms and can accommodate 16 guests, has 21 crew and the engine produces 2,332 horsepower. Three ribs were seen ferrying guesst off the yacht to visit Lamlash.

In 2009 she was owned by movie and media billionaire Barry Diller, husband of fashion designer Diane von Fürstenberg, but it is not known if they still own her.