Oban Charities Day, June 8 2013,organised by Oban and Lorn Lions Club,was blessed with glorious sunshine and saw a large crowd of people perusing the stalls in Station Square selling everything from cupcakes to plants,with food stalls and games. Oban Pipe Band paraded from the Corran Halls to Station Square,along with Oban’s sea and air cadets and toddler groups.
Dingwall and Highland Marts Ltd sold 25 young farmers’ over-wintered cattle at their annual show and sale on April 9-10 2013.
The judge,Jean Mackay,Harelaw Farm,Barrhead,Glasgow,chose as her Home Farms Overall Supreme Champion,the haltered champion and first prize haltered bullock,a 12-month-old 510kg Limousin cross,brought out by Paul Wilson,Wester Cairnglass,Gollanfield,bred by Mr J Smith,The Rowans,Brora,and purchased at Dingwall in October. The champion was sold for £1,200 gross to Messrs G &S McConachie,Berrybrae,Wardhouse,Insch.
The Isle of Mull ferry manoeuvres to avoid the sperm whale. Photo courtesy of Stephen Lawson.
On Monday April 8 2013,after being in Oban Bay for 10 days,Oban’s sperm whale left through the north channel and the hopes were that he would find his way back to open sea and deeper waters unharmed,despite having an altercation with a moored barge earlier in the day.
Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SSPCA) Senior Inspector John McAvoy,who is based in Argyll,spoke to The Oban Times about the efforts to track the young male whale and keep it safe.
Easterly winds and heavy snow falls have brought chaos to Argyll’s roads as well as large scale power failures.
The A828 Connel-Ballachulish road was closed at Barcaldine for around 18 hours after several trees came down over the road on Friday evening,March 22 (see video).
The A83 at Clachan,between Tarbert and Campbeltown has been closed since 7am on Friday because it has been blocked with deep drifting snow while power failures have hit homes in Kintyre,Islay,Jura and Gigha as well as Appin,Barcaldine and Lismore.
Trees also came down on the Glen Salach road between Bonawe and Barcaldine and on the A85 in Connel. Driving conditions have been hazardous because of snow and the high winds,with a number of minor road traffic incidents.
Argll and Bute Council has warned that schools in the Knapdale,Kintyre and the Isles area –Tarbert to Campbeltown and Islay and Gigha are unlikely to open on Monday March 25 unless electricity supplies in the area are restore –and this could extend into Tuesday and Wednesday.