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This week’s letters to The Buteman include thanks from the Deputy Lieutenant of Argyll and Bute for those who supported the celebrations of the Queen’s 90th birthday, disappointment about Rothesay’s putting facilities being closed, and thanks to CalMac for excellent service given to an island resident.

Team effort and a fitting tribute

Sir, – I would like, once again, through your columns to express my gratitude to those who contributed to another successful event to celebrate the 90th birthday of HM the Queen: The Bute Beacon.

First and foremostly, I thank Mount Stuart Trust and Bute Estate for hosting the event, especially Billy Shields for his expertise in its planning and also his excellent team of bonfire builders: Graham McKirdy, Barry Low and Raymond Lench.

Again the Rotary Club of Rothesay stepped up to the mark with John Young, Bert Alexander joining me in assisting the estate workers to build the beacon.

Colin Sharp along with Nancy Kinnear ensured that glasses were charged to toast the Queen.

The generous sponsorhip of Cooperative Food and Bute Brew Co was very much appreciated.

Finally, I would like to thank those who attended the evening, along with The Buteman for its excellent coverage, both before and after the event.

May I also take this opportunity to remind your readers that the next event in our celebrations will be the street party on June 12.

It will take place in Guildford Square and the Performance Area and will showcase Bute’s music.

In addition, tables will be set out for the audience to enjoy a picnic and hopefully local organisations and charities will take the opportunity to set up stalls to do some fund raising. Any group wishing to be involved should telephone Sue Brooks on 505801 for further details. – Yours, etc.,

W. Stewart Shaw DL

Rothesay and Bute

Lack of putting is a big put-off

Sir, – My wife and family visited Rothesay during the Easter holidays and, as always, thoroughly enjoyed our visit. We are very regular visitors to the island.

However, when we wanted to use one of your first class amenities, i.e. the Esplanade putting green, we were very disappointed to discover it had not yet opened for the season.

In actual fact, there were a number of people who had travelled some distance and were also very disappointed.

I have since been made aware that to date there have been no tenders for the franchise. This is a ridiculous situation – surely the council wants to attract as many visitors to the island as possible, and could organise the operation of the green itself? – Yours, etc.,

Hamilton Lyons


Caring touch from CalMac

Sir, -I would like to say a big thank you to CalMac for the excellent treatment it has given my brother for the 26 weeks that the ferries have been diverted to Gourock.

It provided a taxi to take him to and from Marino Court Nursing Home in Drumfrochar, enabling him to see his wife every Monday and Friday.

Thank you very much. – Yours, etc.,

Frank McCabe

23 Mountpleasant Road


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