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Sleeper boss says services should come to Oban

Peter StrachanA sleeper service between Oban and London is on track after the Caledonian Sleeper boss said ‘it just makes  sense to link up Oban and the islands with London’.

The service could be under way as early as 2018,if a £100 million train investment can be made to ‘fit the line’.

Speaking at a meeting of Friends of the West Highland Line (FotWHL) in Oban last weekend,Peter Strachan,managing director of the Caledonian Sleeper service,gave a commitment to support a direct route between Oban and London.

For the full story,see the Oban Times,May 21 2015,also available online.


Lochaber social landlord launches inquiry after 10 found living in 3-bed flat

Lochaber housingAt least 10 men have been living in a Lochaber housing association flat in Fort William under the name of a  national company,despite it only being let to one tenant.

The eastern Europeans,who have been working with Concordia construction on an Eon energy wall insulation project in Upper Achintore and Caol for more than a year,have been living in the three-bedroom property in Moray place,also Upper Achintore,for a year.

For the full story,see the Oban Times,May 21 2015,also available online.

The shed in Dalmally that fed one million children

Magnus MacFarlane-BarrowDalmally-based charity Mary’s Meals has reached the remarkable milestone of feeding one million of the  world’s poorest children every day.

Mary’s Meals,which began in Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow’s tin shed in Dalmally,was feeding just 200 children in Malawi in 2002,but reached the staggering one million mark on  Tuesday,May 19 2015.

To read our interview with the modest founder of the charity,see the Oban Times,May 21 2015,also available online.

No silverware for Oban Saints

Oban saints vs St josephsSaints relinquished their grip on the Scottish Amateur Football League Jimmy Marshall Trophy at bogey  ground Millburn Park,Alexandria on Wednesday May 13.

Despite a change of dressing room and warm-up end,a sluggish opening 20 minutes denied Saints a third consecutive cup final appearance and confirmed a  trophy-less end to the season for the Oban men.

Injury and holidays ruled out Dougal Graham and Scott  Maitland respectively,however,Jamie Graham returned to take Dougal’s place in defence.

Read the full report and that of Saints weekend league match in the Oban Times,May 21 2015,also available online.

Cost cutting ideas put forward at Corran ferry meeting

Corran ferryTrying to make small savings on the Corran ferry is like ‘rearranging deckchairs on the Titanic’,a regular user has said.

The statement was made at a meeting between the public,Highland council officials and elected  councillors on Monday night,in a bid to cut costs on the ferry connecting the Ardnamurchan peninsula to mainland Lochaber.

Read the full story in the Oban Times, May 21 2015,also available online.

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