On Saturday 15th November the team had an anniversary dinner at the Kinloch hotel to celebrate 50 years as a team.
AMRT was formed in 1964 initialy as a unit of RAF Kinloss with Arran Estate Head officer,Alistair Douglas as team leader. The team inherited a Thomas stretcher and initial training was received from RAF Kinloss at the Blue rocks area at Sannox. The team used Brodick fire station as a base and helicopter assistance, using Wessex helicopters,came from RAF Leuchars before HMS Gannet became operational. Insurance for team members did not exist and therefore a team member had to join the special constabulary to obtain cover. Prior to the formation of the Arran mountain rescue team,volunteer groups including Arran Estate workers made up rescue parties. Nowadays the team is made up of both male and female volunteers from all over the island who give up their time freely when an emergency arises. The team is supported with funding from the Scottish government,The order of St John and of course fundraising and donations from the general public.
The team would like to thank all who attended our 50th Anniversary dinner on Saturday 15th Nov. Thanks to the Kinloch hotel for providing an excellent meal and venue, to those who kindly donated raffle prizes,Isle of Arran Distillery,Taste of Arran,The Douglas Hotel ,Angella Elliott-Walker and finally to our guest speakers,Sam Handley and Alan Andersen. A great evening was had celebrating 50 years of Arran mountain rescue team.
For a heart felt tribute to the team take a look at the following blog by Heavy whalley