The en­ter­tain­ment just keeps com­ing in Oban

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WE HAVE an­other mu­sic fes­ti­val com­ing up this week­end and al­though it may not be quite as big as Oban Live, I’m sure the mu­sic will be just as good, writes Bid4Oban am­bas­sador Kay MacDon­ald.

Markie Dan’s an­nual mu­sic fes­ti­val be­gins on Fri­day and con­tin­ues through the week­end ... if your feet have re­cov­ered and you’re rar­ing to go.

If you fancy some­thing a wee bit qui­eter, then Oban Phoenix Cin­ema hon­estly has some­thing for ev­ery­one just now and it’s such a worth­while ven­ture to sup­port. I don’t want us to be­come com­pla­cent and for­get what it was like when we didn’t have the cin­ema – the town was much poorer with­out it.

It’s quite nice to have it a wee bit qui­eter af­ter the buzz of Char­i­ties Day and Oban Live the week­end be­fore. I like a bit of calm be­fore we head back into an­other hec­tic week­end on June 24 and 25 with the Bid4Oban lo­cal mar­ket in Sta­tion Square on the Satur­day and the Lorne Games on the Sun­day at Moss­field.

Don’t for­get your en­tries for the pro­duce and crafts tent. Sched­ules are avail­able on­line or in the Bid4Oban of­fice on Steven­son Street.

We also have a small cruise ship in the bay on the day of the games. Called the Star Pride, it’s her first visit to Oban, so let’s pray for a lovely sunny June week­end.

Al­though it’s been a bit of a dre­ich start to June, we’ve been in­cred­i­bly lucky for the events so far as the sun has come out just in time, al­though for the Rain­bows in the pa­rade on Satur­day it wouldn’t have mat­tered as the girls had lovely jel­ly­fish um­brel­las to keep them dry.

The pa­rade was great, as al­ways. What a lot of ef­fort went into the out­fits, it’s a credit to all the char­i­ties that took part and the com­mit­ment of the peo­ple in­volved. I do miss the floats though. Oban is so gen­er­ous to the char­i­ties it sup­ports and Char­i­ties Day just shows and shares the love.

Don’t for­get that you can let me know if you have any events com­ing up that you want to add to Oban What’s On. We’re also happy to put up posters in the of­fice win­dow if we have room.

You can email me at kay@bid4oban., call 01631 659915, ac­cess Oban What’s On on­line, or you could just stop me in the street and tell me ... I’ll be the one in turquoise with the big bag.

Which re­minds me: I get asked a lot what I keep in my bag. Usu­ally far too much, but it in­cludes maps of the town, leaflets with things to do while you’re here, timeta­bles for fer­ries, trains and buses, a notepad and pens, sun­screen, han­kies, doggie poo bags (for the peo­ple who for­get to carry their own), wipes, lip balm and a comb. That’s why it’s such a big bag, but it’s also use­ful for let­ting peo­ple know what I do and that they can ask for in­for­ma­tion and help.

I of­ten see peo­ple read­ing the bag as they walk by and then turn­ing to come back and ask me some­thing.

Did you recog­nise last week’s photo? It was the Rowantree Ho­tel, with beau­ti­ful colours in the stone. This week is easy, but that may only be be­cause I know where it is. See how you get on.

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