Grant will pro­vide street en­ter­tain­ment

The Oban Times - - NEWS -

THE Oban Win­ter Fes­ti­val will be able to pro­vide street en­ter­tain­ers and a fam­ily carousel this year, thanks to a grant of £ 3,500 from Scot­tish Sea Farms.

The money is be­ing pro­vided as part of the com­pany’s The Heart of the Com­mu­nity Fund.

Scot­tish Sea Farms has sup­ported the win­ter fes­ti­val, which is or­gan­ised by six vol­un­teers and runs from Novem­ber 18-27, for the past three years.

Pamela Lock­hart, chair­woman of the fes­ti­val, said: ‘Spon­sor­ship sup­port is re­ally im­por­tant to us, as the costs of putting on a good fes­ti­val in­crease ev­ery year.

‘The help from Scot­tish Sea Farms means that we can cre­ate the at­mos­phere needed to cre­ate a suc­cess­ful event. Street­based en­ter­tain­ment, such as the Ici­cle Queen stilt walk­ers, re­ally do en­cour­age vis­i­tors to come along and this has a re­ally pos­i­tive ef­fect on lo­cal shops and restau­rants.

‘ With­out this fund­ing, the fes­ti­val was in real dan­ger of feel­ing less in­clu­sive and fall­ing a bit flat.’

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