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