#28 Bloom

Well, we’ve put together, what I think, is a blooming marvelous edition and we hope you really enjoy it. The bloom edition celebrates the people and places of Ayrshire in Spring 2019. 

I’ve always believed Ayrshire to be a beautiful part of Scotland and when I tasked AM’s Ian Paton to go out and about round the gardens and parks looking for Ayrshire in Bloom this was absolutely confirmed by the images that came flooding in. We hope it inspires you all to get out and enjoy all the beauty we have right here on our doorstep. We had a lot of fun with the kids featured in our cover shot and in the images on pages 41 and 46. We spent a day with them at the wonderful Dumfries House watching them have fun in the gardens. They say never to work with kids or pets but the kids were enjoying the outdoors so much that it didn’t seem like work at all. By the way, that tree in the cover is over 200 years old.

It’s not all about gardens though and as you read your way through this issue you’ll find lots of great features including interviews with TV stars Jane McCarry from Still Game, Leah McCrae from River City and Craig Forsyth from The Voice on their life, careers and hopes for the future. We also talk to Alyson Rogers and Stuart Brown from F32 Records about their recording studio based in Dreghorn – an unlikely destination but it works for them and they’ve supported and nurtured lots of home grown Ayrshire talent from there. Look out too for new AM writer Gill Sherry on how her relocation from down South has made her view life differently and she’s certainly a woman who appreciates the beauty around her. Congratulations also to Calvin McCord featured on page 144 who took the Scottish Professional Lightweight belt at Trump Turnberry in March.   

You can meet this year’s Miss Scotland finalists on pages 96 to 107. The AM style challenge for the finalists this year was to Go Floral in an outfit and accessories chosen by themselves. Well done to the eight girls featured who received points for this challenge and to them all for keeping on smiling on what was a freezing outdoor shoot.      

We’d like to personally thank everyone who took part or came along to AM’s first public event the AM Fashion Show – check out the amazing pictures in our events pages. Special thanks to the girls at AJ Cosmetics, Elizabeth Wallace Bridal, Janis Sue Smith and the awesome Murray Owens, MUA for all their help. You can hear and see more of Murray on page 92. The positive feedback we received has prompted us to plan our next two events; an Ayrshire Does Strictly on 31st August and Night of the Dead on the 9th November. You’ll see a few well known faces from around Ayrshire’s business and sports communities tripping the Strictly light fantastic under the instruction of some truly talented professional dancers and in November gear yourselves up for some fantastic spooky entertainment with a special performance from Jai McDowell and lots of surprises. Event booking details and more information out soon. Funds will be raised on both evenings for our charity partner The Kilmarnock Community Sports Fund.

This is just a flavour of all the interesting articles inside and you’ll find all your old favourites there too. Happy reading and don’t forget if you want to make sure you get a copy each issue then why not subscribe and get AM delivered straight to your door. 

– Phyllis McLeish

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