The Arran Banner - - Letters -

It may not be said of­ten enough but the young peo­ple of Ar­ran re­ally do the is­land proud.

If there was a rea­son to re­mem­ber this, we need look no fur­ther than the re­cent award cer­e­mony at Ar­ran High School.

There, the achieve­ments of the young­sters – be they aca­demic, mu­si­cal or sport­ing – were there for all to see.

More pupils than ever be­fore passed their higher and ad­vanced higher ex­ams lead­ing to 60 per cent of the stu­dents go­ing on to uni­ver­sity or col­lege, and there were achieve­ments re­gion­ally and na­tion­ally in mu­sic and sport.

But it is not just at the high school where we can take pride in the young.

Take the five Duke of Ed­in­burgh young­sters who are wor­thy re­cip­i­ents of their gold awards, with a marathon pad­dle on kayaks through the Great Glen.

The stu­dents from the Royal Col­lege of Mu­sic in Manch­ester and the Royal Con­ser­va­toire of Scot­land tak­ing part in the Ar­ran sum­mer school and per­form­ing at the McLel­lan Fes­ti­val have been a credit to them­selves and to their tu­tors.

And there is more to come: next week­end the is­land’s fine young mu­si­cians come to­gether for a spe­cial one-off con­cert – a real show­case of just what this small is­land can pro­duce.

Yes, there is no doubt we can have real pride in the young.

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