Fire­works are a real blast...

The Oban Times - - NEWS - By David McPhee dm­cphee@oban­times.co.uk

Bon­fire and fire­work events in Oban and Lorn were un­for­get­table this year for many rea­sons.

Dun­beg held its ‘best one yet’, Taynuilt hosted its first com­mu­nity bon­fire in al­most two decades, and Oban’s fire­works dis­play was one of the ‘big­gest and best’ the town has seen – not in­clud­ing ‘Obang’.

Andrew Spence, from BID4Oban, said: ‘This was one of the big­gest and best dis­plays Oban has ever seen. Our thanks go to our key spon­sor Scot­tish Sea Farms with­out whose gen­er­ous fund­ing this event would not have been as spec­tac­u­lar.’

Fire­works il­lu­mi­nated Oban Bay on Mon­day night and spec­ta­tors lined the streets in their hun­dreds to watch the dis­play.

‘BID4Oban would like to make this event even big­ger next year and are open to ideas from any in­ter­ested par­ties,’ Mr Spence added.

‘The best in­di­ca­tion of the suc­cess of the event was see­ing the amount of cars and grid­lock af­ter the event. It is ob­vi­ous many peo­ple had trav­elled into town to watch the dis­play.’

Dun­beg’s com­mu­nity bon­fire and fire­works night on Satur­day was just as memorable. The event raised money for three-year-old Har­ris McGougan, who has leukemia.

Har­ris re­ceived a spe­cial es­cort to the bon­fire, thanks to char­ac­ters from his favourite tele­vi­sion show, Paw Pa­trol, and Oban po­lice. A video was posted on­line of Har­ris be­fore he was picked up.

Or­gan­iser James Mac­Don­ald said: ‘He was in the kitchen cov­er­ing his eyes. And then he opened the door and Paw Pa­trol was there. He ran out cud­dling and hi-fiv­ing them.

‘See­ing that made it worth every sin­gle minute. A lot of time was spent putting it to­gether, but it was bril­liant. It was the best one yet. There are too many peo­ple to thank. Any­one I asked, noth­ing was too much trou­ble.’

And Taynuilt’s com­mu­nity bon­fire was back af­ter al­most two decades.

There was so much in­ter­est about an event this year that the com­mu­nity coun­cil helped make it hap­pen.

Ad­mis­sion to Mon­day’s event at the sports­field was free and so were the sparklers. To help fund the event, a ‘guy’ did the rounds in the vil­lage at the week­end.

A 10-minute fire­works dis­play was planned with peo­ple’s pets in mind and plenty of no­tice.

Eilidh Liv­ing­stone snapped th­ese great pho­to­graphs at the Taynuilt bon­fire night.

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Retno and Gre­gor McGre­gor and their son Bara.

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Rory Mac­Far­lane and Katie Smith, with Corey and Jamie.

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Jade Lilly Munro, Mar­shall, and Chloe Black.

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This fam­ily were en­joy­ing the spec­ta­cle in Oban.

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Vol­un­teer Blair Ste­wart re­ceived a 40th birth­day cake.

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Nicky, Scott and Lilly had a great time.

Left to right, Hanna, Skyla, Keara and Ari­anna In Oban. 15_T45_Oban fire­works_09

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