#30 Snug

The seasons are slowly changing as we move toward a cooler time of year. We find ourselves wrapping up in heavier jackets and the nights begin to darken a bit quicker. Worsening weather, however, is offset with an array of beautiful colours and carpets of multi-coloured leaves. We are now in that time of year when long walks are followed by getting curled up warm and snug with a hot drink and Ayrshire Magazine – what else?

This issue is designed for all those good feelings of Fall (as the Americans call it) and those greens and browns that paint the world at this time of year.

In this issue we have the brave and determined MacLean brothers, preparing to row, yes row, the Atlantic from La Gomera, Canary Islands to Antigua, 3000 miles on a rowing boat where they are destined to fit snugly and suffer each other – being brothers they believe this will help – for the duration. The boys take pride of place on the front cover this issue. All at Ayrshire Magazine are behind them and their efforts to row the Atlantic and raise money for their selected charities.

Also inside issue 30 – yes we have reached another significant milestone – is Strictly Come Dancing’s Ian Waite who has been busy adjudicating Ayrshire Does Strictly at Ayr Racecourse.

Our resident foodie Vanetha Cuthbert has cooked up something special for those chilly nights with her South Indian Fish Curry, while Gill Sherry has been speaking to a, reluctant, Local hero. Coxwain – mechanic with the RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institution) Callum Govus may not consider himself a local hero but when Gill makes up her mind…

For those of you with a certain 1980’s affinity we have a double bill of iconic Scottish band Wet Wet Wet including interviews with new lead singer Kevin Simm and original founder/member Neil Mitchell. Up and coming Scottish comedian Gary Faulds makes an appearance, as does John Challis, Boycie from Only Fools and Horses, while we have – officially – Britain’s brainiest family from Newmilns.

Packed with all our usual departments, Sport, Business, Celebrities and Music, Cumnock’s very own The Frontiers are in this issue folks, as well as all our popular contributors. So, you now have everything you need for when the nights start to close in and the weather gets a wee bit colder. Just remember to keep warm and snug and keep your Ayrshire Magazine close.

See you next time.

– Phyllis McLeish

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