Singing sur­prise

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Sir, May I thank ARCO, Ar­ran’s string en­sem­ble which hails from Lochranza to Whit­ing Bay, for the sur­prise they sprung on me re­cently.

I was to­tally in the dark when I called at Alice in Won­der­land’s lovely home to pick her up for a Brod­ick prac­tice.

Call­ing ‘Alice, where art thou?’ I en­tered her sunny sit­ting room to find the en­tire group seated in a cir­cle and play­ing Happy Birth­day.

Thanks to every­one for the fine presents, a framed mu­sic score for the tune, Anne Hodge’s Jazz Razz Rock - the 80th Ar­ran Rag.

A mu­si­cal hour or two fol­lowed with lovely food made by many, but es­pe­cially David, the fudge laced with an Ar­ran bev­er­age was fab. Elvis sang song af­ter song and we all joined in.

A pi­rate sailed in from Whit­ing Bay and tossed a sil­ver ball to me.

Daisy and Rosie played fine fid­dle tunes.

I’m still in my seven­ties and this was a pre­ma­ture birth­day bash, but I hope that be­ing 80 will be as much fun. More to do be­fore I’m done. Yours, Anne Hodge Whit­ing Bay

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