#29 Sizzle

Hello Summer, well Ayrshire’s slightly less reliable version. Hopefully, our Sizzle edition will cheer you up even if the temperatures aren’t exactly what we expected.

We’ve got a lot of sizzling content for you starting with our cover featuring the new Miss Scotland, Keryn Matthews, shot in sunny Cala de Mijas, Spain. The AM team had a busy but fun few days in the sun and thanks to Janis Sue Smith of Miss Scotland, the wonderful Andy Barr photographer and Murray Owen MUA we got the cover and summer fashion sections we wanted. Thanks too to Andrea at Legends Show Bar in Cala de Mijas for her recommendation for the boat charter and the guys from the Borrasca Experience whose boat we spent a glorious morning on for part of the shoot. 

If it’s a spot of summer reading you’re looking for then our features really are worth a read and there’s a good mix of celebrity (Ben Haenow), music (Mark Sherry), culture (Cumnock Tryst), sport (Lewis Gibson & Angelo Alessio), serious issues (Daniel Harkin on Climate Change & Michael Jennings on Mental Health) and Community / Philanthropy (Pastor Michael Woods). Our staff writer Sergio Burns has delved into the first Moon Landings as it’s now 50 years since those first iconic pictures of man on the moon. An eclectic mix but we try to have something for everyone. 

All our regular contributors are there too to entertain you and we have a new regular for all you foodies out there. Vanetha Cuthbert is a chef with boundless enthusiasm who loves to experiment and use her native Sri Lankan cuisine to spice up our home grown Ayrshire produce. Try her recipe for Beef Satay next time you barbecue. If you just want a giggle then check out Gill Sherry’s piece Holiday Essentials – we’ve probably all been there and got the t-shirt and from both perspectives depending on what age we were at the time! And, definitely don’t forget to read Yvonne Howie’s piece on UV Damage – essential reading for home or abroad this summer.

Don’t forget to look for yourselves in our Events pages including West FM’s Little Black Dress, Miss Scotland Final, Ayrshire Cancer Supports Legends Match, Summer Race Day & Ayrshire Hospice Summer Ball. If you’re looking to attend some fabulous nights then look out for information on our Ayrshire Does Strictly or Night of the Dead fundraisers –
just something different to do whilst you raise money for a good cause. 

Enjoy the rest of your summer and we’ll be back in September.

– Phyllis McLeish

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