Saturday Jan­uary 9, 1999

The Arran Banner - - Nostalgia -

Post­bus threat

Ar­ran’s post­bus ser­vice might be un­der threat fol­low­ing the re­fusal of North Ayr­shire to rec­om­mend fi­nan­cial sup­port. The coun­cil said that it does not merit this sup­port be­cause it is lit­tle used. This could be the re­sult of a re­quest from the Post Of­fice for a sub­sidy of £4,190 per an­num to­wards the ser­vice. This is ef­fec­tively a sub­sidy of £2.09 per pas­sen­ger jour­ney for, as North Ayr­shire has iden­ti­fied, there are very few pas­sen­gers. The av­er­age is seven pas­sen­gers a day or fewer than one per post­bus jour­ney. De­spite the very small us­age of the ser­vice, it is pos­si­bly above av­er­age for Scot­land.

On Ar­ran, there may only be one pas­sen­ger per jour­ney, how­ever, in some ru­ral ar­eas it may only be one per week. But that one per­son lives in a very in­ac­ces­si­ble place and they may not get out at all if it were not for that post­bus.

To the res­cue

Dur­ing the storms back on Box­ing Day, Ar­ran’s re­lief lifeboat, The Ernest Arm­strong, was called out to res­cue a stricken fish farm aux­il­iary ves­sel in Lam­lash Bay which was be­ing pro­pelled by the wind out to­wards the open sea.

With the help of fish farm man­ager Ge­orge Ni­chol­son, the crew planned to go aboard the fish farm ves­sel to start her mo­tors. Un­able to do so, how­ever, the three crew­men were forced to tow the ves­sel through winds as fierce as force nine to a se­cure moor­ing closer to shore. The de­te­ri­o­rat­ing con­di­tions meant that the lifeboat could only be re­turned to shore by a net re­cov­ery, per­formed on this oc­ca­sion by helms­man Nigel Mar­shall, who brought the lifeboat back to dry land lit­tle more than an hour af­ter launch.

Fine shot

A man with a gun closed the main road below Brod­ick Cas­tle to­day, but there was no need for alarm. Land­scape gar­dener Ste­wart Lam­bie had been called upon to re­move a bro­ken branch hang­ing 70 feet above the road, pre­sent­ing a dan­ger­ous haz­ard to driv­ers. Mau­reen Far­quhar­son of High Cor­rie in­formed the po­lice, who closed the road, but no-one had any equip­ment tall enough to re­move the branch by hand, so Ste­wart de­cided to shoot it down. He did so first time and the road was soon re-opened to al­low driv­ers on their way.


Ar­ran Brass now have a com­plete set of fine new instruments cour­tesy of the Na­tional Lot­tery. The shiny new instruments were dis­trib­uted at the band’s first prac­tice of the new year.


Boul­ders have been placed onto Brod­ick beach by North Ayr­shire Coun­cil in an at­tempt to stem the ero­sion which took so much of the beach away last spring.


Stranded on the String Road, this Stage­coach bus slid off the road and re­mained there all day as the res­cue truck which went to its aid also strug­gled with the icy con­di­tions and slid into it, caus­ing fur­ther dam­age.


CalMac pier­hands Sandy Picken, Don­ald McNiven and Dun­can Tay­lor as­sist with re­mov­ing a fallen tree from the Strath­whillan burn to pre­vent it from be­com­ing a haz­ard when it makes it out to sea.


An­gela McNeish and Pud­dle Duck, cham­pi­ons of the Chookie Show which at­tracted a to­tal of 288 en­tries this year.

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