Royal hon­our for stal­wart David

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One of the highlights of Oban Char­i­ties Day at the week­end was an awards cer­e­mony that saw The Oban Times’ David Buchanan re­ceiv­ing the Bri­tish Em­pire Medal for his vol­un­tary ser­vice to foot­ball from Lord Lieu­tenant of Ar­gyll and Bute, Pa­trick Ste­wart. Street party or­gan­iser Gra­ham MacQueen paid trib­ute to David as ‘a role model of stew­ard­ship’ who had been ‘the heart of Oban Saints Foot­ball Club since its in­cep­tion in 1960’. Char­i­ties day and street party pic­ture spe­cial

SATUR­DAY’S packed street party blend­ing Oban Char­i­ties Day and the Queen’s official 90th birthday cel­e­bra­tions has been hailed as a great suc­cess, writes Sandy Neil.

John Lloyd of Oban Lions Club, which or­gan­ises Oban Char­i­ties Day, said many of the 46 char­i­ties present had re­ported their high­est tak­ings ever at the an­nual event.

Fundrais­ing fun in­cluded a pi­rate trea­sure map from Spot­light MTG, splat the rat from Hope 2 Oban, Ro­tary of Oban’s spin the wheel, a tombola from Rock­field Cen­tre masked as se­nior Roy­als, clown­ing around by the Royal Vol­un­tary Ser­vice, and even crazy socks from the North Ar­gyll Car­ers Cen­tre. St Columba’s Pri­mary School, dressed as Queen El­iz­a­beth II and crew aboard the Royal Yacht Bri­tan­nia, won best stall, fol­lowed by the Africa-in­spired Pe­land­aba Or­phan Fund, and the MS Ther­apy Cen­tre.

Best in pa­rade went to Soroba Young Fam­i­lies, who came as a Royal tea party, while sec­ond prize was awarded to St Columba’s pri­mary school, and third equal to Oban Rain­bows 1st and 2nd, in their re­gal red and golden crowns.

Lord Lieu­tenant Pa­trick Ste­wart MBE, Her Majesty’s rep­re­sen­ta­tive in Ar­gyll and Bute, said: ‘It was a ter­rific pa­rade with a happy at­mos­phere, and the enor­mous char­ity dis­plays show Oban is not just a com­mer­cial en­gine, but a strong, self-sup­port­ing com­mu­nity. Their char­ity ef­fort will be the envy of many other com­mu­ni­ties.’

The Lord Lieu­tenant sent Oban’s warm­est con­grat­u­la­tions to the Queen, and thanked her for her decades of ser­vice, be­fore cut­ting a mag­nif­i­cent three-tier birthday cake, helped by his wife Mrs Mary Anne Ste­wart.

Her Majesty’s last visit to Oban, to open the Lorn and Is­lands Hos­pi­tal in 1995, was a very en­joy­able event, he re­called, ex­cept for Prince Philip’s con­ver­sa­tion with a driving in­struc­tor, when the duke is re­ported to have asked: ‘How do you keep the na­tives off the booze long enough to get them past the test?’

An awards cer­e­mony then be­gan with The Oban Times’ David Buchanan re­ceiv­ing the Bri­tish Em­pire Medal for his vol­un­tary ser­vice to foot­ball. Street party or­gan­iser Gra­ham MacQueen paid trib­ute to him as ‘a role model of stew­ard­ship’ who had been ‘the heart of Oban Saints Foot­ball Club since its in­cep­tion in 1960’.

He con­tin­ued: ‘His per­sonal in­put has been in­stru­men­tal in the ex­pan­sion and suc­cess of the team. His en­thu­si­asm week on week, and ded­i­ca­tion to fair play, has led to suc­cess on the field, and pride in the play­ers.’

Pa­trick Ste­wart then pre­sented the Oban Win­ter Fes­ti­val Com­mit­tee with the Queen’s Award for Vol­un­tary Ser­vice. Mr MacQueen said: ‘If ever there was an ex­am­ple of vol­un­teer­ing, it is the Oban Win­ter Fes­ti­val.’ He added as light rain fell: ‘It takes brav­ery for any com­mit­tee to put on an event in Oban in Novem­ber, let alone June.’

Af­ter the cer­e­monies con­cluded at 4pm, the Pa­trick Ste­wart told

The Oban Times that his ‘ex­pec­ta­tions were sur­passed’, and he thanked Oban Lions Club and Mr MacQueen for run­ning the event ‘ with­out a hitch’.

Jim Edge of The Lion’s Club said it wanted to thank Land En­gi­neer­ing for cre­at­ing space and mak­ing the event pos­si­ble in Sta­tion Square, and the lads of MacQueen Bros Re­movals and Oban Ca­manachd for their help in putting up the stalls.

Lord Lieu­tenant Pa­trick Ste­wart pre­sented the Queen’s Award for Vol­un­tary Ser­vice to the Oban Win­ter Fes­ti­val Com­mit­tee. From left to right: Karen Mackie, David Smith, Pamela Lock­hart, David Fin­layson, Eleanor MacK­in­non. The other mem­bers, not present, were Louis Bar­row, Tara Cog­gins and Kyle Lock­hart.

Spot­light Mu­si­cal Theatre Group get into the spirit of the day with their trea­sure map. 15_T25 Spot­light pi­rates 01

Vol­un­teers for Pe­land­aba Or­phan Fund are all smiles af­ter their stall wins a prize. 15_T25 Pe­land­aba Or­phan Char­ity 01

The Lord Lieu­tenant Pa­trick Ste­wart cuts the cake. 15_T25 Lord Lt Pa­trick Ste­wart and Mrs Ste­wart cut­ting the cake 01

Vol­un­teers with heart. 15_T25 Bri­tish Heart Foun­da­tion

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