Vol­un­teers pull out all the stops for cruise liner’s sec­ond visit

The Oban Times - - NEWS -

BUSI­NESSES and groups in Fort Wil­liam joined forces to put on a warm wel­come for the re­turn of Boudicca cruise liner last week.

The lux­ury Fred Oslen ship once again ne­go­ti­ated the Cor­ran Nar­rows to sail into Loch Linnhe on Wed­nes­day morn­ing fol­low­ing her de­but visit last Septem­ber.

Trips and coaches had been put in place to whisk pas­sen­gers away to Glen­finnan and Glen­coe, but vol­un­teers also did their bit to en­ter­tain those who de­cided to stay in the High Street.

Fort Wil­liam Ma­rina and Shore­line Com­pany (FWMSC), which is re­spon­si­ble for the in­stal­la­tion of pon­toons at the West End car park to help make cruise liner vis­its vi­able, thanked Cap­tain Juha Sartela and said: ‘It was re­ally great to see so many pas­sen­gers and crew come off the ship and we hope you all en­joyed your­selves in our beau­ti­ful part of the High­lands of Scot­land.

‘A huge thank you to all our vol­un­teers from Fort Wil­liam Town Team, West Highland Col­lege, Megan and Am­ber, our won­der­ful pipers, Lochaber Geop­ark for car­ry­ing out two talks, Del­i­craft and Choco­late Box for the choco­late tast­ing, the Lochaber branch of the Royal Scot­tish Coun­try Dancers for the Scot­tish danc­ing and The Lime Tree for ex­tend­ing the Cast­ing Shad­ows ex­hi­bi­tion.

‘Last, but not least, a huge thank you to the FWMSC team mem­bers who helped with the ten­ders on the pon­toons. Well done, James, Gor­don and Davey.’

An­other liner, the Brae­mar, will make her Loch Linnhe de­but on Thurs­day May 25, fol­lowed by a sec­ond visit by

Boudicca on May 27.

Left: Cap­tain Sartela was pre­sented with whisky, heather honey and a beeswax can­dle by Sarah Kennedy of Fort Wil­liam Ma­rina and Shore­line Com­pany.

Above: Boudicca made the first of an ex­pected three vis­its in 2017 to Loch Linnhe on Wed­nes­day May 10.

Pho­tographs: Abright­side Pho­tog­ra­phy.

Be­low: Coun­try dancers en­ter­tained pas­sen­gers on Cameron Square.

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