Cy­cling aid

The Arran Banner - - Letters -

Sir, As a fre­quent vis­i­tor to Ar­ran (with my trusty bike) I have ex­pe­ri­enced the warm wel­come given by Ar­ran is­landers and would like to use your pa­per to ex­press my thanks fol­low­ing a re­cent in­ci­dent.

I was with a party of three cy­clists on a cir­cuit of the is­land. This was the first time for one of our group and we were keen to en­sure he was aware of all of the ‘bad bits’ of road. Un­for­tu­nately, a mix­ture of in­ex­pe­ri­ence and en­thu­si­asm, meant he had a bad fall on the steep hill en­ter­ing Lagg and was pretty badly in­jured. He limped on un­til Machrie when his breath­ing be­gan to give him trou­ble and an am­bu­lance was called.

I called in at Machrie Bay Tea­room to ask if I could leave a bike there un­til we could get back to col­lect it. The staff there could not have been any more help­ful and noth­ing was too much trou­ble. My friend’s bike was safely stored in their back shop, I was driven back to where my com­pan­ions were wait­ing and a lift to Ar­ran War Me­mo­rial Hos­pi­tal was of­fered. They even of­fered to trans­port the bike to Brod­ick pier for us.

This wee place al­ways of­fers a great respite for cy­clists food-wise but I didn’t re­alise they did dou­ble duty as a med­i­cal emer­gency cen­tre.

My thanks to this lovely group of women, from me, my part­ner and his pal with the bro­ken ribs. Thanks also to the quick, ef­fi­cient and calm­ing re­sponse from the Ar­ran am­bu­lance crew.

Yours, Wendy Wil­son, Ar­drossan.

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