Ayrshire Magazine Issue 35 - Hope

#35 HOPE

The rainbow is one of the most iconic images of recent months. It is a symbol of better times to come and, of course, HOPE. That is why we decided to make HOPE the theme of this issue.

It has been a very strange and difficult few months, and we all need HOPE as we stick together and battle Covid-19.

The AM team wanted to say a special thanks to our ‘Unsung Heroes’. So, we asked you to nominate people in your community – making a difference and going that extra mile. We asked for candidates in three categories, business, community and personal, and we are grateful to all those who took part. The standard was very high and it was a very difficult decision to make, but we found our winners and have featured them inside.

It is summer, and for this issue we also ran a garden competition. From a great bunch of entries, we again chose our favourite three. Once more we were presented with a really difficult decision, but the winners and their amazing, wonderful gardens are also featured inside.

Have you ever wondered what happens to football players during a lockdown? Yes? So did we, that is why we spoke to Kilmarnock Football Club captain Gary Dicker.

There are also interviews with Wet Wet Wet bass player Graeme Clark, and West FM DJ George Bowie.

Meanwhile Billy explores his experience of lockdown, having the kids at home and his attempts to avoid people in supermarkets.

Gill, also in lockdown, has been busy with her photographic diary discovering the wildlife in her garden and beyond. She also found time to find out what’s happening at Dundonald Gymnastics Club.

Our food guru Vanetha has included three baking recipes as well as exploring Greece and Malta with a few facts and some great recipes from these countries.

The new divisional commander of Ayrshire, Chief Superintendent Faroque Hussain finds time to speak with David Bell, and we speak to Moroccan-based television presenter Alice Morrison.

Finally, we said this issue was about HOPE, well…Laura has come to the rescue with some refreshing cocktail recipes. The breathtaking Blueberry Collins, the effervescent Elderflower Fizz and the powerful Passionfruit Martini. If that doesn’t give us HOPE I don’t know what will!

Let’s stick together, let’s stay safe, let’s be kind to each other and let’s give each other HOPE that there are better days ahead. Of course there are! Thanks for being part of our journey and see you next time.

– Phyllis McLeish

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