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