Feel­ing fes­tive

The Oban Times - - DISTRICT NEWS -

I am usu­ally tempted to join the bah hum­bug brigade when it comes to men­tion­ing Christ­mas be­fore De­cem­ber.

Yet I find my­self feel­ing cu­ri­ously fes­tive, even though we are barely into the month.

This is, I sus­pect, be­cause the won­der­ful Oban Win­ter Fes­ti­val lifts every­one’s spir­its and is rapidly fol­lowed by a num­ber of fes­tive events across the Oban area.

Among them, as we re­port this week, is the splen­did St Co­nan’s Christ­mas tree fes­ti­val at Lochawe, which the or­gan­is­ers think is now the largest of its kind in Scot­land. Mind you, I was a bit dis­ap­pointed that The Oban Times en­try wasn’t among the prize-win­ners de­spite all the ef­fort put in by our Kathie and Louises. Bet­ter luck next year.

The feel­good fac­tor was also en­hanced by a num­ber of Christ­mas fairs and mar­kets over the week­end, which were well sup­ported and much en­joyed. Well done to every­one in­volved in putting on these events. You’ve made one old grump feel bet­ter.

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