#31 Dazzle

How many sleeps until Santa climbs down your chimney? Maybe you’ll be unwrapping the Dazzle issue of Ayrshire Magazine on Christmas morning, or, if you like, we can do that right now for you?

Yes, it really is that time of year and the build up to Christmas in Ayrshire is always a special time. 

This year, let’s make it a time for reflection, and we hope, a time when we can all spare a thought for those less fortunate than us? A random act of kindness would not go amiss anytime of the year, but, especially at Christmas. 

In this our November/December ‘Dazzle’ issue we have plenty of ‘presents’ to share with you.

Delighted to say we have Ben Johnston, drummer with our very own Ayrshire rock legends Biffy Clyro, yes THE Biffy Clyro! Ben is speaking openly about his life, the band, how the band got its name (oh yes) and his ‘wonderful memories’ following Kilmarnock Football Club – and this year the club celebrates 150 years of existence.

Vanetha Cuthbert catches up with the big hearted girls from Allure, Hair and Beauty in Kilmarnock, who deliver packages to the homeless at Christmas. Find out how and why they do it! 

Meanwhile Gill Sherry is on the case of Ayr crime writer Michael Malone, and revealing another local hero who deserves recognition. Intrepid travel writer Linda Hill Miller is telling us all about Lapland…where else?

And, look who you will find in your ‘stocking’ this year. A wee Christmas treat for the more mature among us, Ayrshire’s Tommy Truesdale. Not to forget the lad from Leith, Tony Singh – recently seen at Newmilns Food Festival(see events).

In a bumper issue, the team have pulled together to tell you the story of Diwali, give you the inspirational story of the ‘never-say-die’ Chris Taylor, and Shakeel Anwer reveals how he was inspired by 80’s horror films…scary. 

Packed full of all our regulars and more, not to forget reports and photographs from Ayrshire’s many events, who can you spot?

So come join us, but not just for this issue, forever – we’d really like that. Join the evolution and become part of Ayrshire Magazine’s development as we look forward to 2020.

Wishing all of our readers a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from all of us at Ayrshire Magazine.

– Phyllis McLeish

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