Is 94-year-old from Dal­mally the Oban Times’ longest sub­scriber?

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A CHAL­LENGE has been set to find the per­son who has sub­scribed to the Oban Times for the most num­ber of years.

Set­ting the bar at a high level is Iain Camp­bell, 94, from Cluny Lodge nurs­ing home in Ed­in­burgh, who has sub­scribed to the news­pa­per for many years.

His son-in law, Dr Neil De­whurst thinks he is likely to be the ‘old­est sub­scriber’ hav­ing taken a sub­scrip­tion that has fol­lowed Mr Camp­bell all over the world.

Neil said: ‘Last Fri­day we read to­gether your most re­cent is­sue and found the short piece on the 150th an­niver­sary of the Belford Hospi­tal.

‘This brought back many mem­o­ries of the cur­rent hospi­tal. As the con­sul­tant sur­geon and physi­cian, my fa­ther-in-law was in­stru­men­tal in all as­pects of its plan­ning.

‘His home was the fam­ily shop in Dal­mally, where the Oban Times was sold.

‘As a boy grow­ing up in the 1930s and ’40s he went to school at Oban High prior to med­i­cal school. He then spent his con­sul­tant ca­reer at the Belford in Fort Wil­liam.

‘You may have records of when he started get­ting the Oban Times, but I think it was sent down to Ed­in­burgh where he was a sur­gi­cal trainee [in the 1940-50s].

‘In fact, he had the news­pa­per posted out to the Far East dur­ing his med­i­cal ser­vice in the Sec­ond World War, where it was avidly read on ar­rival by all mem­bers of the Of­fi­cers’ Mess. In ad­di­tion to In­dia and Sin­ga­pore, the pa­per also found its way to Burma.’

Mr Camp­bell with a copy

of the news­pa­per.

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