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OAP ‘vigilantes’ patrol Oban's streets for illegal parking

parking on street oban wardensA group of elderly parking ‘vigilantes’ are helping traffic wardens in Oban by pointing out cars with no tickets,in order that no one gets away ‘Scot free’.

The plucky  pensioners said they were working to ‘clear up the town of bad parking’ and patrol the street,pointing out where drivers have not paid their fee by putting hand written notes on the cars or phoning the police.

The unappointed wardens have also been seen making sure up-to-date information about fines appear on signs in the town’s car

Read more in The Oban Times, Febrauary 26 2015,also available online.

Fort man to set sail on gruelling charity rowing challenge

Fort William Atlantic rowing teamA Fort William man is set to row across the Atlantic Ocean in less than 50 days to raise thousands of pounds for charity.

Liam Browning,30,and three friends,will  complete the 3,000-mile challenge in December in aid of Unicef,the Cystic Fibrosis Trust and the Royal National Lifeboat Institution.

Read the full story in The Oban Times,February 26 2015,also online.

Glenorchy bows out of shinty's National Division

GlenorchyWith the shinty season starting in less then two weeks,the Camanachd Association has accepted an appeal from Glenorchy Camanachd to drop down a league following a mass exodus of players pre-season.

The Dalmally-based club,which marks its 50th anniversary this year,made the 11th hour plea after confirming six of its first team players had ruled themselves out of contention through injury and work commitments.

The move means the sport’s Marine Harvest National Division,the game’s second tier,will go ahead with just seven teams,instead of the planned eight.

For the full story and three pages of sport from the West Highlands,see The Oban Times,February 26. Also available online.

Maternity scanning to be made available

maternity scanningMaternity scanning will be re-instated at Lorn and Islands hospital after health bosses agreed to train midwifery staff to operate machinery.

While NHS Highland claims this is a new facility for pregnant women in Oban,a former fundraiser says this is ‘nonsense’ and the health board has had staff and machinery since she,and her sister,raised the cash in 1981.

Find out more about how and when scanning will be available in Oban and Lorn in The Oban Times,February 26 2015,also available online.

Oban chef argues for more training on the menu

Alex Needham and Chloe CampbellMore should be done to encourage school leavers to embark upon careers in Oban’s hospitality sector.

That’s the opinion of Alex Needham,who has been a chef for 30 years and is a partner in the town’s Waterfront restaurant,YuWu Chinese restaurant and the Ranald hotel.

He raised the issue at the recent open meeting of Oban,Lorn and the Isles area committee of Argyll and Bute Council.

Read more in The Oban Times,February 26 2015. Also available online.


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