CalMac hon­ours OAP’s cruise 40 years af­ter trip was can­celled

The Oban Times - - News - SANDY NEIL sneil@oban­

CALMAC has hon­oured an of­fer of a free trip to Oban, Iona and Staffa that it made to a cou­ple from New­cas­tle in 1977 af­ter their orig­i­nal trip was can­celled.

Mrs Mar­lene Gul­lon of Gos­forth, New­cas­tle-upon-Tyne, and her hus­band Lau­rence were due to take a day cruise on the

MV Columba in Septem­ber 1977, but the trip was can­celled when the ship had to be de­ployed to pick up live­stock from Lochbois­dale.

Then area man­ager Mr John Macken­zie wrote to the cou­ple apol­o­gis­ing for the can­cel­la­tion but invit­ing them to take the day trip as guests of the com­pany next time they were in the area.

The Gul­lons kept the let­ter as a me­mento for nearly 40 years un­til Mrs Gul­lon, who was a plan­ning a trip to Oban, con­tacted CalMac to see if the of­fer would still be hon­oured.

Robert Mor­ri­son, CalMac’s head of ser­vice de­liv­ery north, said even though it was now a dif­fer­ent com­pany ‘ we were de­lighted to be able to hon­our this 40-year- old com­mit­ment, and have booked Mrs Gul­lon and a friend, as her hus­band sadly can­not make the trip due to ill health, onto the pop­u­lar ‘Three Isles Tour’ which we op­er­ate jointly with West Coast Mo­tors and Staffa Tours.

‘I am sure that Mrs Gul­lon will find the 40-year wait was worth it and that the trip is ev­ery bit as en­joy­able as it would have been

Mar­lene Gul­lon and Colin Macpher­son on Mull. Pho­to­graphs: Moira Kerr

Mar­lene Gul­lon.

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