Friday, 9 January 2009
Ayr Racecourse beats the weather with seven jump race card
By: Iain Ferguson
AYR Racecourse’s Blue Square Raceday goes ahead tomorrow afternoon (Saturday 10 January) with the seven race card coming under starter’s orders at 12.50pm.
This extra fixture ensures there will be jumps racing in the UK tomorrow, and with almost £70,000 in prize money a total of 77 runners have been attracted to the Craigie track.
There is also the added bonus of an appearance by champion jockey Tony McCoy who has three booked mounts.
The £20,000 Blue Square SP Guarantee Handicap Hurdle at 2.30pm over two miles four furlongs has 12 runners going to post including the Nicky Richards trained pair Middleton Dene with Rose Dobbin riding and Harmony Brig (Brian Harding) while the in form Howard Johnson team have Diamond Frontier (Denis O’ Regan) and Tony McCoy rides Money Order for Brendan Powell.
The Blue Square Handicap Chase at 3.00pm also boasts £20,000 in prize money, and the nine runners could all be in with a chance. Alan Brown’s Malko de Beaumont (Mark Bradburne) is in great form while Jim Goldie saddles course winner Something Silver (Richard McGrath) and the aforementioned Howard Johnson stable has Frankie Figg (Denis O’ Regan).
Channel 4 will be televising five races live – the 2.00pm through to 4.00pm.
The first race on the card is Division One of the Blue Square Novice Hurdle at 12.50pm and the final race is the Ayr Novices Handicap Hurdle at 4.00pm.
Bars and restaurants open on course at 11.30am and for more information go online at www.ayr-racecourse.co.uk or call 0870-8505666.
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Thursday, 8 January 2009
Kilmarnock is not a ghost town!
COUNCILLOR Douglas Reid, Leader of East Ayrshire Council, wants to make it clear that he does not recognise the description of Kilmarnock as a ghost town.
Councillor Reid (pictured above) said: “I was shocked by the article in a national newspaper which named Kilmarnock as a ghost town. It seems that business researcher, Experian, singled out 5 towns which it felt were most reliant on chain store firms who have recently folded. This goes against a recent survey which showed that in fact Kilmarnock is a ‘home town and not a clone town’ and has a good number of family-owned businesses who provide specialised goods and service. Also in 2006 Kilmarnock was named as Friendliest Shopping Town, and the people who helped secure this title for the town are still proudly working in their stores.
“This article also flies in the face of work that is currently ongoing in Kilmarnock. Tesco has started building their new superstore which will be the largest supermarket in Ayrshire, and the store should be completed by September. Once this project is completed, work will start on the old Safeway site where four new units and a restaurant will be created. Throughout the year there will be tangible evidence of improvement and regeneration in Kilmarnock.
“The regeneration of Kilmarnock is one of the Council’s top priorities, and this is reflected in our capital investment strategy and capital investment programme which is in excess of £100m over the next ten years. There will be significant investment in the short term which will support the construction industry in these difficult times. In addition the Kilmarnock Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme is also ploughing £18million into Kilmarnock town centre. This five-year grant programme makes grant aid available to owners of commercial and residential properties located in the John Finnie Street and Bank Street Outstanding Conservation Area to promote, preserve and enhance the traditional character and appearance of properties in the area."
Councillor Reid also highlighted the start of the new half-hour service from Kilmarnock to Glasgow which will take just 32 minutes. This will bring more people into Kilmarnock who can commute to Glasgow, and the Council will be working hard to attract people to shop in the town. The Council has also secured the restoration of the Strand building into offices, and this will equate to 240 jobs coming into town centre, which of course means more business for local shops. In addition Kilmarnock College has been invited by the Funding Council to submit full plans for a new college, which would be a tremendous boost to the town and the wider community.
Councillor Reid continued: “I have had a meeting with the Kilmarnock Retailers to see what the Council can do to help with the town centre, and I have also met with Marks and Spencers, who have assured me that the jobs in Kilmarnock are safe. While Kilmarnock cannot avoid the global financial situation and the loss of such shops as Woolworths, this is going to be a very positive year for the town and we must stop focusing upon the negatives. The Burns Monument Centre will be opening in the next month and this will attract visitors who wish to research their family tree. This will be the best genealogy centre outside Edinburgh and will be a big attraction for the area. Improvements are also being made to the Kay Park and this will become a must visit attraction once again.
“The Council is working hard to attract new businesses to replace the empty Woolworths site and through our Economic Development section will look at ways of attracting more family-run businesses to the area. We are constantly hearing about the global credit crunch and economic doom and gloom but we must stay positive. I would ask local people to trust that the Council is doing all it can to attract new business to the town, and please support your local traders.”
East Ayrshire Council
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Monday, 5 January 2009
Save the Children Annual Dinner Dance at Western House Hotel
THE Maybole & District branch of Save The Children is holding its Annual Dinner Dance on Saturday 31 January 2009.
The venue is the Ballroom at Western House Hotel in Ayr.
A limited number of tickets are still available at £40 each, and a few tables of 10 can still be booked for parties.
On the night there will be a big prize raffle and a special item auction - any prize donations would be most welcome.
For further information and to book tickets, contact Rebecca Cadie, Director of ARP Lorimer & Associates, Architects and Quantity Surveyors.
ARP Lorimer & Associates
Architects and Quantity Surveyors
11 Wellington Square
Ayr KA7 1EN
Tel: 01292 289777
Fax: 01292 288896
Save the Children
Western House Hotel
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