Writing this, my first Editor’s letter for Ayrshire Magazine, is a bittersweet experience. Obviously, I’m super proud to take on the role and to bring you, the readers, the topical, informative and entertaining content you are used to. I’m excited for the future of AM and also for the people of Ayrshire who will contribute to, feature in, or simply enjoy this, their favourite magazine.
I am, however, sad that this opportunity arose from such tragic circumstances. The loss of our good friend and colleague, Sergio Burns, was a shock to us all and his absence is still keenly felt. But Sergio loved AM as much as the rest of us and would, without doubt, want it to remain the top quality magazine it’s always been.
With that in mind, I shall step into Sergio’s very big shoes and, along with the rest of the team, do my best to make him proud, starting with this November/December issue.
In this issue we focus our sights on Prestwick, Scotland’s oldest baronial burgh and birthplace of the Open Championship. It has been a pleasure meeting the people of Prestwick, hearing their stories and now sharing them with you, our readers. Those stories involve everything from ceramics to song, from fundraising to recycling and from witches to that famous Claret Jug.
We also have celebrity interviews for you to enjoy. Eilish McColgan tells us about her Commonwealth Games gold medal, Ian McIntosh talks about his role in The Commitments, and Principal Dancer, Marge Hendrick, explains what it’s like to star in the magical Scottish Ballet production, The Snow Queen.
In addition, you will find all of your usual favourites plus a host of other fascinating features.
That just leaves me to wish you all the very best for the festive season along with good health and happiness for 2023. See you next year!
– Gill Sherry