Conservation and Repair Report Phase 6

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My apologies that this report on Phase 6 is so late. My only excuse is that the work on Duart made me leave the castle before Christmas and I have found it hard to get this report prepared from a distance.

The two main works in Phase 6 have been replacement of the three rusty beams above the bay window in the Banqueting Hall and removal of the plaster and cement on the inside walls of the Drawing Room. Andrew Bradley, the main contractor, and his team have worked very hard in very difficult conditions to carry this out. In removing the beams they didn’t just have to get them out, first they had to remove the 40cm (16inch) thickness of hard concrete around them. They were working in a confined space and had to remove the beams by cutting them with a grinder, as they feared the use of oxo-acetylene could cause a fire. What a job they have done in very difficult circumstances and I’m very grateful for their dedication and hard work.

The removal of the plaster and cement in the Drawing Room is now complete. The walls were very wet when the plaster and cement were removed but they are drying out.

Before I finish this report I must thank you all for your very generous support. The Appeal has raised £693,000 and we would not have been able to carry out much of the work on the castle without these contributions from you.

We do still need to raise £114,000 to carry out the works in Phase 7, which starts in April 2020, and I hope that you will feel able to continue your support which will enable Duart to be preserved for future generations of the Clan.

With many thanks to you all,

Lachlan Maclean

Sir Lachlan Maclean of Duart and Morvern, Bt, CVO 28th Chief of Clan Maclean

MacLean Brothers Set Atlantic Crossing Record

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Lachlan, Jamie and Ewan MacLean beat the previous record of a trio rowing the Atlantic Ocean which was 41 days.

Three brothers from Scotland have set a world record after rowing the Atlantic Ocean in just 35 days . The MacLean siblings, known as BROAR, set off from La Gomera in the Canary Islands on December 12 and completed their 3,000-mile row to Antigua in the Caribbean on Thursday. It means the brothers - Lachlan, 21, Jamie, 26, and Ewan, 27 - beat the previous record of a trio rowing the Atlantic Ocean , which was 41 days, with the timing of 35 days, nine hours and nine minutes.

Ewan said: This is without doubt, the defining experience of my life. It was incredibly difficult but the way we came together, the way our bodies and minds coped with every single challenge, will stay with me for a long time.

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Lauren McLean first woman elected mayor of Boise

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Next month, the largest city in the State of Idaho will have an elected woman in the mayor’s office for the first time. Lauren McLean will be the 47th person to carry the title Boise Mayor. And only the second woman. Carolyn Terteling-Payne served for 11 months in the wake of the resignation of Brent Coles, but she was chosen by a vote of the council.

McLean won not one, but two elections to take the seat from 16-year incumbent mayor Dave Bieter, who she beat in November’s general election, and yesterday’s runoff.

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