The Oban Times - - DISTRICTS -

AR­GYLL and Bute MP Bren­dan O’Hara, with other guests in­clud­ing Deputy Lord Lieu­tenant Eric Thomp­son and rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the emer­gency ser­vices, joined peo­ple from He­lens­burgh and its twin town of Thouars in France to cel­e­brate Bastille Day at a spe­cial cer­e­mony in He­lens­burgh Parish Church on July 14.

For more than 30 years, the He­lens­burgh-Thouars Twin­ning As­so­ci­a­tion has been wel­com­ing each other to their re­spec­tive towns and this year He­lens­burgh played host to group of 50 visi­tors.

Mr O’Hara said af­ter the cer­e­mony: ‘I am hon­oured to be part of this year’s Bastille Day cel­e­bra­tions. They have been par­tic­u­larly poignant as we re­mem­ber those who lost their lives in the Nice ter­ror­ist at­tack and the peo­ple who have been af­fected by it. The cer­e­mony was beau­ti­ful, the choir was won­der­ful and my con­grat­u­la­tions go to ev­ery­one in­volved, par­tic­u­larly mem­bers of the twin­ning as­so­ci­a­tion who work so hard all year round rais­ing funds to make these vis­its hap­pen. I have met many peo­ple who have told me of the life­long friend­ships formed over the years, with fam­i­lies and young peo­ple set to con­tinue this link.’

THE NA­TIONAL Trust for Scot­land’s Hill House in He­lens­burgh pro­vided the back­drop to a stun­ning photo shoot by ac­claimed Scot­tish de­signer Christo­pher Kane last month.

Kane was launch­ing his Re­sort 2018 col­lec­tion which took its in­spi­ra­tion from Scot­land.

He ap­proached the Na­tional Trust for Scot­land about us­ing the Hill House as the lo­ca­tion for pho­to­graphs of the col­lec­tion as it was in­flu­enced by the work of Scot­tish de­sign­ers and artists, Charles Ren­nie Mack­in­tosh and Mar­garet MacDon­ald, who col­lab­o­rated on the He­lens­burgh home.

Christo­pher Kane said: ‘I came across a pho­to­graph of the Glas­gow Four and it got me think­ing about the works of Charles Ren­nie Mack­in­tosh and his wife Mar­garet MacDon­ald and how their work in­flu­enced mod­ern art and de­sign.

‘It also made me feel proud and pa­tri­otic of this highly im­por­tant move­ment which orig­i­nated in Scot­land and I wanted to cel­e­brate that. This col­lec­tion has sub­tle nods to this move­ment while also look­ing at my do­mes­tic work­ing class roots.’

The pho­to­graphs show­case the stun­ning and unique de­sign of the Hill House to a global au­di­ence.

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