A novel birth­day present

The Oban Times - - Community News -

WHAT do you give a 90-year- old rel­a­tive for her birth­day?

Vanessa Ham­mond, whose fam­ily have been com­ing to Morvern since the early 1960s, had the novel idea of swimming across the Sound of Mull for her great aunt Marg Gaskell.

Ac­com­pa­nied by rib owner John Cameron, Locha­line, Vanessa swam with­out a wet suit, from Scallas­tle Bay to Ard­tor­nish Bay, a dis­tance of two and a half miles in one hour 16 min­utes.

Vanessa, whose great un­cle Dr Philip Gaskell wrote ‘Morvern Trans­formed’, said that although the tide was strong and there were some red sting­ing jel­ly­fish around, she had not en­coun­tered any bask­ing sharks and had en­joyed the cross­ing de­spite the low wa­ter tem­per­a­ture. Well done Vanessa, that must be a first.

Iain Thorn­ber iain.thorn­ber@bt­in­ter­net.com

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