Arran Banner Letters – week 25, 2022

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Jubilee thanks


On behalf of the staff and pupils of Brodick Primary School, I would like to thank all our parents, families and friends who attended the jubilee celebration in Brodick Hall.

Thanks also go to Mrs Duncan, who co-ordinated the show, and the teachers who coaxed the best performances from all those who took part.  The stars of the show were, of course, the children.

I would especially like to thank Mrs Helliwell, chair of the parent council, and her team of volunteers for organising the cream teas, burgers, raffle etc. £1,159 was raised for school funds.

And on behalf of the pupils, staff and parents of Pirnmill Primary School and Early Years I would like to say a huge thank to everyone who helped, in whatever way, with our jubilee afternoon tea.

Thanks also to those of you who were able to come along on the day for a cuppa, cake and a catch up. It was lovely to be able to invite everyone into school again and the sun even made an appearance too which always helps!

I’m sure you will agree the children were all stars with their performance of two classic Queen songs.

All in all our afternoon’s entertainment raised a total £414.36 for the school fund and your support is very much appreciated.


Shirley MacLachlan,

Head Teacher.


No wilful vandalism


Regarding the report of boardwalk vandalism in the Banner of June 10, I was at first dismayed and then doubtful.

On careful inspection its clear that the picture shows the part built walkway and ramp to the beach. Supporting stakes appear still untrimmed and walkway edging not installed.

After checking on site I contacted Arran Footpaths and Forestry, the contractor for the work, and was told there was no removal of timber decking to their knowledge.

Its possible that the ‘burnt boardwalk’ was in fact just off cuts which campers gathered up and burnt.

This not to say that there have not been instances of deliberate damage by irresponsible campers in the past but I believe in this case blame may have been unfairly apportioned.

For information, the work has been undertaken in response to requests for a wheelchair friendly way onto a sandy beach.

Arran Access Trust commissioned the work with support from the landowner Charles Fforde and with funds from local donors.

I’m pleased to report that, since the article appeared, the new access route for the less able and wheelchair users has been completed. (Big thanks to Bernie)


Malcolm Whitmore,

Arran Access Trust.