Cel­e­bra­tion event marks ferry cam­paign suc­cess

‘This cel­e­bra­tion is about mark­ing the ef­forts of the com­mu­nity who made such a mas­sive con­tri­bu­tion in sav­ing this vi­tal ferry route’

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Mem­bers of the pub­lic are in­vited along to a spe­cial cel­e­bra­tion event or­gan­ised by North Ayr­shire Coun­cil, in recog­ni­tion of their con­tri­bu­tion to sav­ing the Ar­drossan/Brod­ick ferry cross­ing.

Brod­ick Hall will open its doors from 3pm to 6pm on Mon­day Oc­to­ber 23 to wel­come peo­ple who sup­ported the Keep it A to B cam­paign.

The Ar­drossan/Brod­ick came un­der threat af­ter the own­ers of the Port of Troon launched a bid to take over the Ar­ran ferry ser­vice. Ow­ing in part to a huge groundswell of pub­lic sup­port, the cam­paign to re­tain the cross­ing was suc­cess­ful. Now, ex­actly one year on from the launch of the Keep it A to B cam­paign, a spe­cial cel­e­bra­tion is be­ing staged with an open in­vi­ta­tion be­ing is­sued to peo­ple to drop in to Brod­ick Hall where tea, cof­fee and cakes will be served.

The cel­e­bra­tion was given the go-ahead af­ter a meet­ing of the full coun­cil agreed to mark the con­tri­bu­tion made by grass­roots com­mu­nity sup­port­ers to the cam­paign.

Coun­cil­lor Louise McPhater, cab­i­net mem­ber for com­mu­ni­ties, said: ‘It’s dif- fi­cult to be­lieve that it was al­most one year ago that Troon launched a bid to take the Ar­ran ferry.

‘But the peo­ple of North Ayr­shire re­sponded. Or­di­nary mem­bers of the pub­lic, lo­cal com­mu­nity groups and busi­nesses, politi­cians from all po­lit­i­cal par­ties came to­gether to fight for the Ar­drossan to Brod­ick cross­ing. Thank­fully, we put for­ward a strong and pas­sion­ate case and were ul­ti­mately suc­cess­ful.

‘So this cel­e­bra­tion is about mark­ing the ef­forts of the com­mu­nity who made such a mas­sive con­tri­bu­tion in sav­ing this vi­tal ferry route.

‘We would urge any­one who played a part – whether it was sign­ing the pe­ti­tion or man­ning a stall or sup­port­ing the cam­paign on so­cial me­dia – to drop in and en­joy a cuppa.’

A sep­a­rate cel­e­bra­tion drop-in event will also be held at Ar­drossan Civic Cen­tre on Wed­nes­day Oc­to­ber 18, from 3pm un­til 6pm.

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