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Win­ter Queen adds magic to town’s fes­ti­val

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Oban’s ninth win­ter fes­ti­val got un­der way this week­end, with or­gan­is­ers say­ing the town is buzzing.

For the first time in its history, the fes­ti­val started with a pa­rade, this year on the theme of fan­tasy, frost and fairy tales. The Win­ter Queen trav­elled through town on her uni­corn, per­form­ing magic and cast­ing spells as shop win­dows lit up in her wake.

How­ever, uni­corns have not dis­placed the tra­di­tional rein­deer pa­rade and Christ­mas lights switch-on, which takes place next week­end.

For the sec­ond year, a fes­ti­val highlight is Win­ter Woods, a night­time walk­ing event in the walled garden and grounds of Glen­cruit­ten, just out­side the town, boast­ing sto­ries, per­for­mances, chal­lenges and a light show.

Pamela Lock­hart, chair­woman of Oban Win­ter Fes­ti­val, said: “This year it’s big­ger, and all three nights sold out im­me­di­ately.” Mrs Lock­hart said the next big ex­cite­ment is the Hag­gis and Whisky Fes­ti­val next week­end.

She said: “Eigh­teen butch­ers from across Scot­land are com­pet­ing for the Golden Hag­gis.

“There will be the Great Hag­gis Hunt and pa­rade as chil­dren dress up and hunt for hag­gises around the town, while Oban Dis­tillery is open for tast­ings and talks.”

 ??  ?? Sarah Jane Hughes and Mark Lock­hart take their daugh­ter Ferne to see Win­ter Queen Dorothy Simp­son
Sarah Jane Hughes and Mark Lock­hart take their daugh­ter Ferne to see Win­ter Queen Dorothy Simp­son

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