Lament for the Scalpay peat-cutters
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.