Fun for all at biggest street fair of the year
ROLL UP, ROLL UP! Thousands of merry makers are set to descend on the heart of Oban for its biggest street fair of the year as Oban and Lorn Lions Club presents Charities Day on Saturday June 10.
The Lions Club took over the town tradition in 1990 and since then has helped dozens of charities and community organisations raise an estimated half a million pounds. With upwards of 40- 50 stalls, Lions members hope to help local organisations raise more than £ 20,000 this year.
‘It’s really the town’s day,’ said Lions Club public relations officer Jim Edge.
‘It can be difficult for small groups to raise funds on their own and they could never draw the numbers of people that Charities Day does. We are honoured to be the catalyst for these small groups to help them raise much-needed money.’
The focus of the day is, of course, on these community groups that have stalls around Station Square.
Each will have displays and information about their organisation and offer a chance win a prize or buy something.’
To add to the festive air, there will be activities for the youngsters, food and entertainment. As always, the radio personalities of Oban FM will be providing tunes and banter.
Oban FM station manager Laura Johnston said the generosity of local residents never fails to amaze her.
‘Charities Day brings together a lot of the hard working charities in the area and gives the public a better understanding as to why these charities work tirelessly-not just for a day but all year round,’ said Laura.
‘The team at Oban FM has always enjoyed meeting people at Charities Day and a great day out is had by everyone who attends. Oban and Lorn Lions Club does a fantastic job in pulling the event together for us all to enjoy.’
Argyll Animal Aid have been attending Charities Day for more than 20 years and it’s one of their favourite events.
‘The money raised by our tombola stall goes towards the animals we help throughout the year, but equally important is the interaction we have with our supporters in the town during this fun day,’ said chairperson Jean Sutherland. The fun kicks off at 1pm as Oban Pipe Band leads a parade of local schoolchildren and other groups from the Corran Halls to Station Square.
The best stall presentation will be held at 2pm at the Oban FM stand.
Lions Club members work on Charities Day all year long and start next year’s planning as soon as this year is done.
‘There is a lot of work involved, but we are fortunate we get a lot of help from generous individuals and businesses,’ said Jim.
‘Each element is working hardand somehow it all comes together each year for a brilliant day that the people of Oban look forward to.’
Special thanks go to Oban taxi drivers as the event would be a lot harder to organise without their cooperation and support. Thanks also to the police and Argyll and Bute Council for their help in making the event run smoothly and safely. Stallholders can start setting up from 11am and all vehicles must leave the square by 12.15pm. The road will be closed to all traffic from this time till the end of the event.