THE AR­RAN BAN­NER 20 YEARS AGO

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Satur­day May 23, 1998 Pladda no more

Six weeks ago the light­house keep­ers in Scot­land were re­placed by au­to­ma­tion. All the lights in Scot­land are now con­trolled by com­puter and thus light­house keeper is now a job that has to­tally dis­ap­peared.

The four men who manned the Pladda light­house are among those who have gone and we are sad to see them go. They had a ca­ma­raderie; they found ways to usefully pass the time, they were able to en­ter­tain them­selves and, on that lit­tle is­land, they had made a golf course. Now, nowhere in Scot­land will there be makeshift golf cour­ses, no veg­etable plots or flower gar­dens and above all, no hu­man to make sure that there is light for those on the high seas.

You can still visit light­houses, though not ones on Pladda or Holy Isle, and they are won­der­ful to see, even if the soul has gone out of them and tourists wan­der about look­ing at what peo­ple used to do, but which is now au­to­mated.

Orig­i­nal bak­ery

Since the bak­ery at Black­wa­ter­foot re­opened in the early 1970s it has been one of the best kept se­crets on Ar­ran. Down the ac­cess lane be­side Kin­loch Ho­tel, the en­trance was tucked be­hind the road side cot­tage. But now there will be no trou­ble in find­ing your way to the Kin­loch Bak­ery for they have just re­opened the orig­i­nal shop half way up the Bak­ery Brae.

In the late ’60s the bank in Black­wa­ter­foot closed and the Kin­loch Ho­tel bought the build­ing. Then, in an agree­ment with gro­cer Alan Ban­natyne, they swapped, and the Post Of­fice and gro­cery shop moved up the hill. Most of the old bak­ery build­ing was con­verted to liv­ing ac­com­mo­da­tion but the bak­ery it­self was spruced up and re­opened with Bert Liv­ingston in charge. There have been many bak­ers over the years, Neil Hamilton, Graeme Kerr and the present Phil Judge, who took over in 1976, and is still go­ing strong to this day.

Hous­ing pro­posal

The new pro­posal for a hous­ing de­vel­op­ment at Kil­do­nan comes be­fore plan­ning next week with a rec­om­men­da­tion for ap­proval with con­di­tions. This is de­spite 24 rep­re­sen­ta­tions, most ob­ject­ing to the pro­posal.

A pre­vi­ous ap­pli­ca­tion for 13 houses was re­fused last Novem­ber but the present ap­pli­ca­tion is for six build­ings in­clud­ing four houses. An­other ap­pli­ca­tion rec­om­mended for ap­proval is a mi­cro brew­ery at Cladach.

In the old days you would see milk churns at all road ends round the southend. Now it is the other way round with car­tons of milk be­ing left, not for col­lec­tion, but for de­liv­ery to house­holds. The tra­di­tion lives on in a man­ner, as can be seen by Janet Mul­hol­land and Morag Reid of Tor­rylin, who still collect their milk from an old box at the road­side. 01_B22twe01

Swedish ad­min­is­tra­tors from north of Up­salla were on Ar­ran as guests of North Ayr­shire Coun­cil learn­ing about ed­u­ca­tion, so­cial work and health care. Here they are seen with their hosts in­clud­ing coun­cil con­vener Ge­orge Steven. 01_B22twe04

Mar­ion and Wren Gen­tle­man with the new owner of the Gle­nart­ney Ho­tel in Brod­ick. Maria Palmer has taken over from the cou­ple who are re­tir­ing af­ter 13 years in the ho­tel in­dus­try. 01_B22twe03

Pic­tured at the pool fi­nals night are Sammy McGeachy, sin­gles champions, Davie Syming­ton and Fred Wood, dou­bles run­ners-up; Dougie Mac­far­lane, dou­bles cham­pion; Bobby Sloss, sin­gles run­ner-up; and Arthur Duncan, dou­bles cham­pion. 01_B22twe05

The fu­ture of the Lochranza ten­nis courts and the vil­lage hall which re­quires struc­tural re­pairs will be the sub­ject of dis­cus­sion at next week’s pub­lic meet­ing. Pic­tured are the ten­nis courts when they opened in 1988. 01_B22twe02

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