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Life-time's Ambition Fulfilled

POPULAR local man Arthur Hastie fulfilled a life-time's ambition last week when he went up, up and away for a bird's-eye view of his home territory.

It was all part of a surprise birthday treat for Arthur (66) which had been carefully planned by friends at his local.

Regulars at the Tigh-na-Mara Hotel in Stoneykirk had saved up enough cash over the past few weeks to pay for a trip in a light aircraft based at West Freugh airfield.

But, they say, the hardest part was getting Arthur to the hotel on time without him expecting anything!

However, make it on time he did and he arrived at the bar to find it packed with his friends who had given up their day to ensure he had an unforgettable birthday surprise.

In a short speech prior to take-off, Arthur was told he would have to swap his boilersuit for a flying-suit.

But it was only when Len Kavanagh, who is manager of Serco Operations at West Freugh, told Arthur he was going up in a flight at 1 p.m. that the surprise finally did sunk in.

 

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