New shed-load of joy for games

The Oban Times - - Community News -

UISKEN Beach Games has be­come a firm favourite fea­ture of Mull’s sum­mer and a new shed will see it go on for another 25 years.

For the last few years, campers have al­lowed the lo­cal RNLI fundrais­ing branch to raise money through a bar­beque, sou­venir sales and other stalls, which helps to pay for this es­sen­tial, vol­un­tary ser­vice around the UK’s coast.

This year’s event, which started on Sun­day July 26, in­cluded a model air­craft dis­play, open en­try raft race, sideshow games as well as food, sou­venirs and beach games for all mem­bers of the fam­ily.

How­ever, re­cent events have been work­ing against the suc­cess of the games. Re­tire­ment of some of the lo­cal farm­ers and sale of var­i­ous out­build­ings have led to a short­age of stor­age for much of the equip­ment needed to run a suc­cess­ful games.

But thanks to a legacy from Bren­dan Soane, a long-time camper, who passed away in 2013, and the gen­er­ous help of many lo­cal con­trac­tors and peo­ple, the new Uisken Games stor­age shed was opened by Gor­don Soane, in mem­ory of his fa­ther.

Si­t­u­ated on the beach side croft of Ron­ald Camp­bell MBE, pres­i­dent of the RNLI Ross of Mull and Iona branch, the shed al­lows for stor­age of all the equip­ment needed on games day.

Mr Camp­bell said: ‘We would like to thank Ar­gyll Es­tates, Rutherford Plant, Mr Pre­ban An­dres­san, Mull Build­ing Sup­plies, D. Gal­braith of McLaugh­lan Quar­ries, G. Hardy of Dal­mally and Mr R and Mrs S Camp­bell, for their gen­eros­ity and good­will in al­low­ing or con­tribut­ing to the erec­tion of the shed.’

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