Mar­quee delight for Fort Wil­liam Town Team

The Oban Times - - NEWS -

FORT Wil­liam’s Town Team has been awarded £ 892 for a tem­po­rary mar­quee to be used in Cameron Square.

The funds were awarded by Foun­da­tion Scot­land fol­low­ing the team’s ap­pli­ca­tion at the be­gin­ning of April.

Sue Keen from the Town Team said: ‘The pro­fes­sional qual­ity wa­ter­proof gazebo mea­sures 4 x 8 me­tres and comes com­plete with weights and side walls with win­dows if re­quired. It’s a ‘popup’ de­sign so it should be fairly easy to put up and take down. Pri­mar­ily we’ll be us­ing it on wet days when pas­sen­gers from cruise ships are in town, but who knows what other uses we may find for it.’

The canopy will also be avail­able for char­i­ties and non-profit mak­ing groups to bor­row.

The pro­posal to build a per­ma­nent struc­ture just off the High Street was a joint ven­ture be­tween Fort Wil­liam Town Team (FWTT) and Fort Wil­liam Ma­rina and Shore­line Com­pany (FWMSC).

How­ever, con­cerns raised by nearby shops and busi­ness own­ers that the struc­ture’s size meant it would hide them from view of vis­i­tors, lead to the with­drawl of the plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion, which was sub­mit­ted to the coun­cil last year.

Un­til al­ter­na­tive plans can be agreed, the tem­po­rary mar­quee will be put in place.

Sarah Kennedy of the FWMSC told the Lochaber Times the mar­quee is due to ar­rive from Den­mark in time for the next cruise ship. She said: ‘It ap­par­ently only takes 60 sec­onds to pop up which is per­fect be­cause we didn’t want one which would take a lot of peo­ple to set it up.’

Mrs Kennedy em­pha­sised the struc­ture, which be­longs to the Town Team, is tem­po­rary and can be used by char­i­ties and non profit mak­ing groups in the town: ‘It will al­low peo­ple to make a real thing of char­i­ties events.’

The Lochaber Times has do­nated £100 to the Town Team, af­ter mem­ber James Kennedy painted Cin­ema Lane.

Pho­to­graph: Iain Fer­gu­son The Write Im­age.

James Kennedy of Fort Wil­liam Town Team re­ceives £100 from Lochaber Times’ re­porter El­lie Forbes for the work he did to Cin­ema Lane.

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