THE AR­RAN BAN­NER 20 YEARS AGO

Satur­day Novem­ber 14, 1998

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Three Ar­ran hote­liers, who were elected to the Ayr­shire and Ar­ran Tourist Board at the AGM last De­cem­ber, have re­signed.

Ge­of­frey Bot­ter­ill, Assya Baum­gart­ner and Fred Wood re­signed after they were asked to ac­cept a pack­age they could not agree with. If they did not, the act­ing chief ex­ec­u­tive Ian Robert­son threat­ened to stop pro­duc­tion of the ac­com­mo­da­tion reg­is­ter, to make all staff re­dun­dant and close down the tourist board.

Re­sign­ing with them were also trade di­rec­tors from Ayr­shire leav­ing only two elected mem­bers – one whom was away, the other ab­stain­ing.

This is not en­cour­ag­ing for those tourist op­er­a­tors who look to the tourist board to help fill their premises. What the fu­ture holds for the Ayr­shire and Ar­ran Tourist Board we do not know. What seems pretty clear is that it is too em­broiled in its own mire at the mo­ment to even think of look­ing after the in­ter­ests of its mem­bers.

Club changes

An el­e­gant lit­tle build­ing, the old club­house at Cor­rie Golf Club which is Ed­war­dian in style and painted green with a red roof, is the sub­ject of much dis­cus­sion of late. The club plans to en­large the build­ing and in the view of some peo­ple liv­ing in San­nox and Cor­rie, de­stroy its char­ac­ter. The newer club­house is used mostly as a tea­room and meet­ings are of­ten held in the In­gle­dene with the old club­house be­ing used for chang­ing. Some mem­bers of the club are keen that it is en­larged to be of more use but not ev­ery­one agrees. ‘There are a lot of peo­ple, par­tic­u­larly na­tives, against this. They’re prob­a­bly do­ing it with­out think­ing,’ one mem­ber said.

Gar­den reded­i­cated

Around 100 peo­ple from the Pirn­mill area gath­ered at the vil­lage War Me­mo­rial on Satur­day to reded­i­cate it. The cer­e­mony was held on the day be­fore Re­mem­brance Sun­day so that the me­mo­rial and gar­den would be ready for the lay­ing of the wreath on Sun­day.

It was Camp­bell Laing of Pirn­mill who, two years ago, had been tidy­ing around the War Me­mo­rial. He touched the col­umn and it moved.

Closer in­spec­tion showed that it was very un­sta­ble and in a state of dis­re­pair. So he in­ves­ti­gated hav­ing it re­fur­bished and the ball was set in mo­tion for re­fur­bish­ing the en­tire gar­den.

Now it is com­plete and makes Pirn­mill’s War Me­mo­rial look like a cher­ished part of the vil­lage, so much so that nearly the whole vil­lage gath­ered to pay their re­spects to the dead and also to mark their re­newed me­mo­rial.

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Young­sters in Brod­ick en­joy sparklers, a huge bon­fire and hot soup at a Bon­fire Night cel­e­bra­tion which was one of many held across the is­land last Thurs­day.

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Ar­ran rep­re­sen­ta­tives Fred Wood, Assya Baum­gart­ner and Ge­of­frey Bot­ter­ill have re­signed from the Ayr­shire and Ar­ran Tourist Board mem­bers in protest at what they call un­con­sti­tu­tional changes.

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Sec­ond mate Andy Keen, cap­tain Ian Walker and look­out Colin Camp­bell are pic­tured on the bridge of the MV Cale­do­nian Isles last week in force eight gales.

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Mrs Mar­garet Harvi­son plants a Kil­marnock Wil­low in the new Me­mo­rial Gar­den in Pirn­mill with her sons An­drew and Camp­bell Laing the day be­fore Re­mem­brance Sun­day.

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Warmly dressed fire­work en­thu­si­asts did not let the squally weather on Bon­fire Night de­ter them from en­joy­ing the out­door cel­e­bra­tions.

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