I think, and I hope I speak for the team, that Ayrshire Magazine is one of the most ambitious publications in Scotland, if not the UK. We certainly aspire to be as good, informative and entertaining a magazine for you – our readership – as we can be. And we hope you will find something in this issue to help you aspire to be what you want to be.

In this issue we have none other than Scottish comedy legend, Elaine C Smith. She became a drama teacher, but she always harboured a strong desire to act – find out how she got there!

A.B Collier speaks about building her own house and asks her children for input with, let’s just say, some really interesting results.

Billy Kirkwood, as only Billy, in his irrepressible and amusing way can, talks about the daft things he has done in his life and how a pigeon ended up in a taxi with him – I hope they shared the cost!

Aspire? Vanetha finds out what drives ultra-marathon runner Alasdair Meldrum – oh yes!
David Bell has joined… the Foreign Legion?
Sorry, I read that wrong. In this issue, David, on a trip to France, speaks to a man who joined the Foreign Legion.

Gill finds out about the great work being carried out at Hessilhead Wildlife Centre, where injured and orphaned animals are looked after, and also speaks to Margaret Morrell who has written a history of Turnberry Airfield.

Stephen Jardine talks about the trials of live television. Don’t aspire to live broadcasting unless you are an adrenaline junkie – let Stephen tell you why!

In this Aspire issue we have Scott Andrews, an Olympic silver medalist from Prestwick, and two young entrepreneurs cutting a line in fashion.

We also find out if there is a connection between Motor Neurone Disease and elite high contact sport and, of course, we have news of a vaccine!

After the year we had in 2020, let’s all ASPIRE to make the world a better place in 2021, starting with Ayrshire.

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