An Argyll Ferries spokesman, responding to the successful completion of the company’s special service schedule to support the attraction of the annual Cowal Gathering to visitors, has just said:
‘The special arrangements we put in place for the Cowal Games all worked as planned and we coped well with the increased traffic throughout the day.
‘We are pleased to have been able to play our part in the success of the Games and look forward to doing so again next year.’
This success comes against the background of the most perverse and damaging campaign of audience alienation for Argyll’s biggest annual event and a crucial economic support for Dunoon and Cowal.
The Dunoon fantasists remain determined – against EU and competition law and against the commercial logic of endemic unprofitability – to campaign for a second vehicle and passenger service on the town centre route between Gouock and Dunoon.
To assist their fantasy purpose, they have engaged in persistent and unjustifiable scaremongering on the safety of MV Ali Cat, Argyll Ferries’ passenger ferry now running the route – with no care whatsoever for how that might impact on audiences thinking of coming over for the Cowal Games.
These economic kamikazes can only hope that the audience figures for the 2012 Gathering are not down.