From the archives of the Ayrshire Post

Ayrshire Post - - Memory Lane -

25 YEARS AGO

Ayr’s Swan Lady has been im­mor­talised in song. For Jack Alexan­der, of the Alexan­der Broth­ers, and his wife Lil­lian Welsh have co- writ­ten a song ded­i­cated to Sylvia MacAlpine’s now leg­endary care of Ayr’s swan pop­u­la­tion. Their song “The Swan Lady” is planned to be re­leased as part of a new Alexan­der Broth­ers CD and video for the Christ­mas mar­ket. Jack said: “We got to know Sylvia through her theatre vis­its and thought it marvel­lous she knows each swan as if they were her own children.”

To this day Sylvia is still car­ry­ing on her work

50 YEARS AGO

Al­lied Ho­tels of Aberdeen have an­nounced they will erect a £ 1m lux­ury ho­tel in Ayr.

The site is va­cant ground on the corner of Barns Street and Dal­blair Road. Loss of park­ing space will be com­pen­sated by a new mul­ti­storey car park, a first in Ayr.

The ho­tel will be one of 140 be­d­rooms, seven storeys high, evenly di­vided be­tween sin­gle and dou­ble rooms, each with its own bath­room. There will be three bars, a ball­room, con­fer­ence fa­cil­i­ties for up to 1000 and two large restau­rants, in­clud­ing one of­fer­ing meals from 10s.

100 YEARS AGO

Dear Oculeus, in your col­umn last week you voiced a de­sire, which I think is a gen­eral one in Ayr, that Provost Mitchell, should be re- elected for the run of the war. Most of us re­mem­ber that never to be for­got­ten re­cruit­ing meet­ing at Ayr Town Hall at which Provost Mitchell took such a lead­ing part.

In war aims schemes, thrift cam­paigns and sol­diers’ and pris­on­ers’ of war com­mit­tees, he has done a vast amount of work.

The Town Coun­cil should per­suade him to hang on till the close of war and wel­come home our boys.

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