Satur­day 31 Au­gust, 1996

The Arran Banner - - Twenty Years Ago -

School’s 50th birth­day

Wal­ter Mar­shall of Lam­lash was the jan­i­tor of Ar­ran High School through the 1950s and 1960s and can re­mem­ber when the school was brand new. Now that the school is cel­e­brat­ing its 50th birth­day on Mon­day Septem­ber 2, the school is hav­ing a va­ri­ety of ac­tiv­i­ties on the day in­volv­ing pupils, for­mer pupils, teach­ers and for­mer teach­ers as well as vis­it­ing coun­cil­lors.

Wal­ter, who re­called when he first started work­ing at the school af­ter serv­ing in the Royal Navy, said: ‘Req­ui­si­tion was a word in com­mon use in wartime and the pow­ers-that-were deemed that the school should now be­come the re­spon­si­bil­ity of the Royal Navy – hence the build­ing name which be­came known as the navy bar­racks. Var­i­ous tem­po­rary al­ter­ations were made where the gym­na­sium be­came the can­teen which was vol­un­tar­ily staffed by the ladies of the WRI.

‘Two navy cap­tains moved in, one tak­ing over what was later to be­come the head­mas­ter’s of­fice and the other chap­lain’s con­fes­sional room be­came the den­tal room. At the end of the war, when the navy handed the school back to the lo­cal au­thor­ity, it seemed only ap­pro­pri­ate that the first jan­i­tor po­si­tion went to an ex­navy man.’

Road safety con­cerns

Con­cerns over road safety were aired at the meet­ing of the com­mu­nity coun­cil on Tues­day. Speed­ing cars were iden­ti­fied as a dan­ger to pedes­tri­ans in Hil­lview Place, Brod­ick and en­ter­ing Lochranza from the Bal­larie bridge.

The new rum­ble strips which cost £1,500 each had been suc­cess­ful in slow­ing down traf­fic in Pirn­mill and it was felt that pro­vi­sion for a cou­ple of new strips should be built into the roads bud­get ev­ery year.

Another topic of dis­cus­sion at the meet­ing was re­ported by sec­re­tary Terry Craw­ley, who said there was a cer­tain amount of op­po­si­tion to the pro­posed new fire sta­tion in Lam­lash and sug­gested a pub­lic meet­ing with as­sis­tant fire­mas­ter Kennedy in at­ten­dance.

Ro­tary in­au­gu­ra­tion

The Ro­tary Club, grad­u­ally try­ing to form a group on Ar­ran since last Jan­uary, is to hold its in­au­gu­ral din­ner next Fri­day, Now with 27 po­ten­tial Ro­tar­i­ans, the din­ner will mark the club’s en­try into the Ro­tary move­ment in a process which will be com­pleted at a char­ter din­ner held in Oc­to­ber and at­tended by Ro­tar­i­ans from all over Bri­tain and Ire­land.


Above: At an open day mark­ing a year since the dis­tillery was opened at Lochranza, the prin­ci­pal Hal Cur­rie was pic­tured with dis­tiller Gor­don Mitchell and tourism of­fi­cer Charles Cur­rie.


Voted joint foot­ballers of the year in a bal­lot by all league play­ers were, left, Jamie Macpher­son and Adi (Don­ald) Adam­son, while shar­ing the young foot­baller of the year tro­phy are Gre­gor Small and Ian Cook.


Right: Jamie Ste­wart won the Ar­ran Golfers’ As­so­ci­a­tion Cham­pion of Cham­pi­ons tour­na­ment held at Brod­ick golf course last Fri­day where he was pic­tured with run­ner up Ni­col Auld.


Mark Pad­field of Glen­cloy Farm shows off his un­usual crop of peaches which have grown in his Brod­ick gar­den af­ter nine years of care­fully nur­tur­ing the tree.


Well-known Shisk­ine golfer Wil­lie Kelso was cel­e­brat­ing last Satur­day when he broke the Shisk­ine course record at the club which was founded in 1896.

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