Kil­more and Oban

The Oban Times - - Community News -

KIL­MORE and Oban Guild kicked off their Au­tumn sea­son on Wed­nes­day, Oc­to­ber 7, when pres­i­dent Mar­garet MacLean wel­comed 4S Stra­vaig, from North Ber­wick, as the en­ter­tain­ment for their first meet­ing.

The name 4S stands for ‘Scot­land, in Scene, Song and Story’ and com­prises Alis­tair and Jane MacNeill, and Martin Wil­son .

All have their ori­gins from the west coast, Alis­tair from Tiree, Jane from Is­lay and Martin from Oban .

They pre­sented a pro­gramme of dig­i­tal pho­to­graphic scenes from Ar­gyll­shire’s main­land and is­lands, ac­com­pa­nied by songs and mu­sic, his­tory and anec­dotes, re­lated to the places seen on screen.

Orig­i­nally us­ing slides, taken by the mem­bers of the group them­selves, but hav­ing now gone dig­i­tal, they have been do­ing th­ese shows since 1980, mainly to Church and so­cial club groups lo­cally in East Loth­ian, but also fur­ther afield, in and around the Cen­tral Belt and Scot­tish Bor­ders.

In June this year, how­ever, fol­low­ing a re­quest from a cou­ple of Ger­man vis­i­tors who had at­tended one of the shows whilst on hol­i­day in Scot­land, they made a six- day visit to Klin­gen­thal in Sax­ony, Ger­many, where they did sev­eral shows to en­thu­si­as­tic lo­cals, many of whom in­tend to make a visit to ex­pe­ri­ence the coun­try at first hand.

The group is com­pletely self-funded, hav­ing been knocked back fol­low­ing ap­pli­ca­tion for financial as­sis­tance from a na­tional body. They present a range of shows from all around Scot­land, in­clud­ing the Orkney and Shet­land is­lands.

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