Fun for all at big­gest street fair of the year

The Oban Times - - Feature -

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.

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