The raft race is all set to launch

The Oban Times - - NEWS - KAY MCDONALD edi­tor@oban­

Time for the Great Oban Raft Race at last.

It’s one of my favourite events of the sum­mer and this year prom­ises to be a good one with a very in­ter­est­ing raf­fle courtesy of Au­to­glass they haven’t told us what it is yet but it must be good to top last year’s di­nosaur.

The ef­fort every­one puts into their rafts and their out­fits is in­cred­i­ble. I still gig­gle about a pink raft a few years ago which spent the whole race try­ing to get every­one aboard at the same time – I don’t think they made it off the shore un­til af­ter the win­ner was in.

Please come along and show your sup­port. The Oban and Lorn Li­ons put a lot of time and ef­fort into or­gan­is­ing the race and the cheers from the shore help to spur the rafts around the course.

The Lego Club in Rock­field is also cel­e­brat­ing the raft race on Satur­day, mak­ing rafts from Lego and see­ing how well they sail, so it should be lots of fun.

Satur­day is go­ing to be a busy day in the town cen­tre, with the Cadet Cen­tre – just up from the beach on Tweedale Street – hold­ing a die cast model show for the Air Train­ing Corps. It’s on for Satur­day and Sun­day from 10am un­til 4pm and cel­e­brates 100 years of the Royal Air Force.

If you fancy a wee bit of cul­ture this weekend, then St John’s Cathe­dral on Sun­day is where you should be for the celebrity opera gala, part of the Lorn Live Cham­ber Mu­sic Fes­ti­val. It be­gins at 3pm and in­cludes much-loved favourites from the worlds of opera and mu­si­cal the­atre.

The pho­to­graph last week pic­tured above the door in the Mu­nic­i­pal Build­ing on Al­bany Street. It’s beau­ti­ful and I’ve walked un­der­neath it for years and not no­ticed. This week’s is per­haps not as pretty but from one of the older parts of Oban.

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