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How much longer?
On Saturday afternoon, September 2, yet another serious accident occurred at Strone Point, near Inveraray.
For some reason, details of any casualties have not been made known, nor has any report been made on television, but it is a fact the road was closed for seven hours, and whatever the circumstances, rumour had it as a fatal accident.

How much longer must it be before this corner is straightened out? Over the last 30 odd years there may have been many fatalities there and goodness knows how many injuries.

The suffering and anguish of families and friends of the victims must have been enormous, and the inconvenience to hundreds, if not thousands over the years to people re-routed – about 60-70 miles in most instances – who were just heading home or whatever, very considerable indeed.

Please ‘powers that be’ do what is needed at Strone Point now.
I have said in a previous letter this must be one of the most dangerous corners in Scotland, and it is dangerous not just in the busy season, but all year round, for in the winter months ice affects this road too.
Niall Iain MacLean, Inveraray.

Put it in your diary
I would like to take this opportunity, on behalf of the MAMAFest committee, to thank everyone for their help in making this year’s festival another success. They are: Gary Wilson and Ardrishaig Community Trust whose support was way beyond our expectations; Alan and Andy from Sono Vie who provided professional quality sound and lighting yet again; all the individuals and organisations that donated money and raffle prizes and those who donated cakes for Sunday afternoon, not forgetting the shops that sold our tickets for us; Grub’s Up for providing great food; the many volunteers who manned the door, the bar, the family day stalls and the Sunday Sessions afternoon and those who just came along to help us tidy up; Lochgilphead Post Office; Renewable Parts Ltd; Scottish Canals; Harry Ross and Archie Ferguson; Iain Rodger; Ardrishaig Gala; Scott McPherson; the local fire crew and the many local bikers and mascot wearers. There are so many people to thank, I apologise if I have missed anyone.

MAMAFest has always been about showcasing and encouraging Argyll talent and we have never been short of amazing musicians to choose from.

The biggest thanks go to the musicians who entertained us with their self-penned songs and popular covers.

Finally, praise has to go to the MAMAFest committee, each and every one of whom work tirelessly all year round to keep the festival going. I am just one member of a hard-working team that loves what they do and do it all in their own time and for no reward other than seeing the pleasure MAMAFest gives those who take the time to come along. We always hold MAMAFest during the first weekend in September. We would love it if that weekend became a regular booking in everyone’s diaries and that they join us and make sure their community festival keeps going.

Moving to Ardrishaig worked really well for both us and the musicians and we look forward to going back there next year.
Liz Miller, chairwoman, MAMAFest committee.