Laura hits all the right notes at Lochaber Mòd

The Oban Times - - News -

BUN- SGOIL Ghàidhlig Loch Abar pupil Laura Robert­son hit all the right notes at this year’s 2017 Lochaber Pro­vin­cial Mòd.

The event was held last Fri­day and Satur­day at the Gaelic school in Caol, Fort Wil­liam.

Laura com­peted in pip­ing, flu­ent tradi- tional singing, flu­ent con­ver­sa­tion, flu­ent recita­tion and took part in her school’s choir.

She picked up first place in the un­der-13 flu­ent tra­di­tional singing, 11-12 flu­ent solo singing, bag­pipes un­der-15 Piobaireachd Ground. Laura also won two tro­phies – the Don­ald MacDon­ald Me­mo­rial Cup for the high­est Gaelic mark (solo) and the Archie MacLean Me­mo­rial Quaich for the high­est com­bined Gaelic and mu­sic mark.

OBAN’S big­gest street fair took place at the week­end, with the sun fi­nally mak­ing a late ar­rival af­ter what was a bit of a wet start.

Jim Edge, of Oban and Lorn Lions Club, which or­gan­ises the pop­u­lar an­nual event, said: ‘It has been a great day. The sun came out late – it was a bit like Brexit it was on Euro­pean time and was an hour later.’

Sta­tion Square and Queen’s Park Way were packed with stalls, with around 40 char­i­ties and com­mu­ni­ties group tak­ing the op­por­tu­nity to raise aware­ness and vi­tal funds for their projects. And the Oban com­mu­nity came out to sup­port them in huge num­bers.

There was a real buzz around the Alzheimer Scot­land stall where de­men­tia ad­viser Sue Pa­gan had opted to have her head shaved to raise money for the char­ity. Money had al­ready started com­ing in through a Just Giv­ing page, and on Satur­day Sue said she thought they had raised close to £1,000 so far.

Sue had 379mm of hair taken off, with the pig­tail be­ing do­nated to the Princess Trust. They also ran a ‘Guess the length of the pig­tail’ at £1 a guess, with Mau­reen Drum­mond guess­ing cor­rectly.

Sue told us: ‘I first de­cided I would do this in Novem­ber – I used the app to see what I would look like with my head shaved. For­tu­nately, my head is rea­son­ably shaped and my ears are quite small and close to my head. I had to go back to the car to get a hat due to the sun, be­cause I was wor­ried about get­ting sun­burned – and this was the only one I had!’

The var­i­ous char­i­ties and com­mu­nity groups all of­fered in­for­ma­tion, games, raf­fles and plenty of fun in a bid to help them raise the cash they need to keep their ser­vices up and run­ning. And vol­un­teers on the stalls all agreed, the af­ter­noon had been busy, and the Oban com­mu­nity had done them proud.

Rob Chipchase, of Oban and Lorn Lions Club. said: ‘ The stall has been re­ally busy and staff have been rushed off their feet, which is the usual. The kids love try­ing to win a cud­dly lion, com­ing back again and again.’

Other stalls in­cluded Seed for Life, Feed for Life, a new project set up by Nether­lorn churches. The project is aim­ing to raise £10,000 by Septem­ber so that seeds can be bought to help 20 parishes in Bemvu, Malawi, grow their own food. Prof­its from the har­vest will help buy seeds for the fol­low­ing year, but also will help fund a meals pro­gramme in Bemvu pri­mary school, sim­i­lar to Mary’s Meals.

Oban Moun­tain Res­cue were on cater­ing and kept ev­ery­one fed dur­ing the af­ter­noon. Marie Porter was help­ing out on the burger stall. She works at SAMS and has been part of the team for a year, but has only just joined the call- out list.

She said: ‘So far I’ve at­tended two call- outs, one to res­cue a dog on Ben Cru­achan, and a lady with a bro­ken leg near Dal­mally.’

Oban FM was also on hand dur­ing the af­ter­noon with mu­sic and chat from the team.

To­wards the end of the af­ter­noon, Mr Edge said: ‘We are the cat­a­lyst for the fundrais­ing – it will have been worth it if ev­ery­one made £100 apiece.

‘I want to say a big thanks to ev­ery­one on the taxis, be­cause they were bril­liant and we couldn’t do with­out their help.

‘If peo­ple have en­joyed the day and would like to of­fer more sup­port, why not think about be­com­ing a club mem­ber or if they would like to just come along and meet us, they can email as­poban@sky.com.

‘The next big event is the raft race on Au­gust 5.’

With so much ef­fort put in to dec­o­rat­ing stalls and to the adult and chil­dren’s cos­tumes for the pa­rade, Oban and Lorn Lions Club de­cided to give the fol­low­ing prizes:

Best dressed stalls – 1. Oban In­ner Wheel, shield and £25; 2. Spot­light Mu­si­cal Theatre Group, £10; 3. Ar­gyll An­i­mal Aid, £10.

Best dressed groups in pa­rade – 1. Oban Rain­bows (Mer­maid May­hem), shield and £25; 2= Di­a­betes UK, St Columba’s School (The Mad Hat­ter’s Tea Party), and Soroba Young Fam­i­lies Group (The Wiz­ard of Oz), who each won £10.

For lots more pho­to­graphs from the day, visit www.oban­times.co.uk.

Pho­to­graph: Mar­ian Mi­larvie/Stripey Straws DV Pro­duc­tion.

Sue Pa­gan with the pig­tail that will go to the Princess Trust.

Pho­to­graph: Alan Win­dram.

Dy­lan Ross and Harry Clyne with the scale model of a 1907 Tasker road trac­tor.

Pho­to­graph: Alan Win­dram.

Spot­light Mu­si­cal Theatre group came sec­ond in the best- dressed stall.

Pho­to­graph: Alan Win­dram.

Min­nie Mouse turned up on the day.

Pho­to­graph: Alan Win­dram.

Beata Ga­jek-Fi­tuch and He­len McGuigan, left, are all smiles.

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