Oban re­mem­bers

Town pays trib­ute to fallen sol­diers

The Oban Times - - Front Page -

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.

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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


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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

the lament.

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