La­ment for the Scal­pay peat-cut­ters

The Oban Times - - Letters -

Sir, In re­cent months, far from be­ing the in­for­ma­tive and in­ter­est­ing news­pa­per it once was, The Oban Times has be­come a highly- coloured ad­ver­tis­ing ve­hi­cle for ev­ery mu­sic fes­ti­val in the High­lands, and a con­grat­u­la­tory broad­sheet for all the swim­mers, climbers, cy­clists, bungee jumpers (not so much of that th­ese days) and ab­seil­ers among us.

All very com­mend­able but not re­ally what I fork out my 85p for.

For years I kept a scrap­book of snip- pets from the pa­per, but alas it has had to be aban­doned. No more gems such as ‘the de­fence wit­ness said he would have no­ticed if his friend had a meat cleaver tucked into his trousers’ and ‘the high jump was can­celled be­cause cam­pers had in­ad­ver­tently burned the equip­ment’.

And as for the an­tics of the Rowan Club and the Scal­pay peat- cut­ters – how I miss them.

Yes, you still have a few crack­ing colum­nists, but oh for the days when dig­i­tal im­ages weren’t quite so easy to come by and the col­umns had to be filled with words.

Glimpse through some of th­ese won­der­ful old pa­pers that we had the plea­sure of read­ing on your 150th an­niver­sary and let’s have a bit more ef­fort at the con­tent. Tr­ish Hurst, Car­radale.

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