A view from the Bridge

What a difference a weekend can make. It was all doom and gloom in Tarves on Friday with the much-lamented closure of the local GP surgery.

But by noon on Monday things were looking a bit brighter following what was described as a “breakthrough” meeting between First Minister and local MSP Alex Salmond and NHS Grampian chief executive Richard Carey.

Villagers have been up in arms about the closure of the branch and held a symbolic gathering when it closed its doors. Never was the strength of local feeling more evident than at a public meeting in the viilage hall last month when there was standing room only to hear health officials and representatives from the practice outline the future of medical services in the area.

It was hard not to be impressed by the unity of the local community in the face of losing what many feel is a vital service for Tarves. This was clearly not lost on local politicians who attended the meeting, although Mr Salmond was not among those present.

Local folk have now been given a bit of hope with confirmation that the board of NHS Grampian will examine the issue at a meeting before the end of the year

You can be sure that from now until then the pressure will be maintained for an outcome which leads to the retention of the surgery. Speaking of pressure, few can have been under as much in the sporting world as Scotland’s own Andy Murray who some believed was in an era in which he was destined never to win a major.

But the Dunblane ace ended that once and for all in the early hours of Tuesday morning with his nail-biting victory in the US Open.

I have to admit that I was one who felt that with Nadal, Djokovic and Federer around Murray would always be denied the prize of a grand slam.

Credit where credit is due, the Scot has put the bitter disappointment of losses in four major finals behind him and with hard work and steely determination - allied to the wisdom of coach Ivan Lendl - has got his just rewards.

After getting this monkey off his back, who’s to say Murray won’t now go on to achieve even more grand slam success.

Still on sporting matters, what a breathtaking summer of achievement for our Olympians and Paralympians.

The 2012 Games will live long in the memory with the competitors doing the country proud with a remarkable haul of medals.

Let’s not forget the organisers of both events who deserve high praise for putting on a spectacle which earned global admiration.

And the spectators, too, played their part turning up in their droves at the various venues to cheer on their favourites with unbridled enthusiasm. All in all a summer to remember.