Town pays tribute to fallen soldiers
OBAN paid its respects to the war dead on Sunday during one of the wettest Remembrance Day ceremonies anyone can remember.
Despite that, there was an impressive turnout from across the community as ex-servicemen and women, representatives of public and local organisations and others gathered in front of the Corran Halls to march along the Esplanade to the memorial behind Oban Pipe Band.
While some of the youth organisations cancelled their participation because of the weather conditions, the march went ahead as planned and the service was conducted by the Reverend Ian McFarlane of Oban Baptist Church, who is also chaplin to the town’s branch of the Royal British Legion Scotland (RBLS).
Wreaths were laid at the memorial on behalf of a number of organisations and later at the Highland Division me- morial in front of the Corran Halls and at Ganavan’s RAF memorial.
Parade organiser Ian Blair- Simmonds of the RBLS told the Oban Times: ‘I’d like to thank everyone who turned out on parade. They were fantastic. It rained in the trenches and no one seemed to think that the weather should stop them today (Sunday).
‘ We’ve all been wet before, we’ll all be wet again – we live in Oban!’
The Oban branch of the Royal British Legion Scotland also gathered at the Garden of Remembrance in George Street at 11am on November 11 to mark the actual date of the Armistice.
Remembrance ceremonies took place around Argyll and from Lochawe to Lochgilphead and Campbeltown to Taynuilt, with each recognising a two-minute silence echoed around the whole country at 11am.
Pipe Major Euan Dewar, far left, leads the Oban Pipe Band members through the rain storm to the
memorial for the service of remembrance.
Oban Pipe Band lead the parade to the war memorial. Standard bearers Ross Manson, left, and Archie MacCulloch had to fight to keep the flags
steady in the high winds.
Elder Miles laid the wreath on behalf of Argyll and Bute Council.
The location of Oban’s war memorial was chosen because it could be seen from across Oban Bay, but
this means it is exposed to the elements. Rev Ian McFarlane conducted the service in the teeth of the
Graham MacQueen, depute Lord Lieutanant, placed the first wreath on the memorial, followed by the civic, military, public service and community wreaths.
The Oban RNLI lifeboat took up its traditional position in Oban Bay,
as the crew paid their respects.
Lesley Blair-Simmonds, who chairs the Oban branch of Royal British Legion
Queen’s Colours bearer Archie MacCulloch, left,and Oban branch Royal British Legion Scotland standard bearer Ross Manson, bring the parade to a halt at the
Angus MacColl, from Benderloch, who this year won the Glenfiddich Piping Championships for the fourth time, played