Oban Lifeboat responds to dive emergency

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Oban Lifeboat responds to dive emergency in the Sound of Mull


At 10:39am on Saturday April 23, Stornoway Coastguard requested the launch of Oban RNLI Lifeboat Mora Edith MacDonald to respond to divers suspected of having decompression sickness known as the bends near Salen in the Sound of Mull.

The divers had been diving on the wreck of the Rondo which sank in January 1935 afters it’s anchor chain snapped during a storm which drove the ship onto

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Bespoke Furniture building success

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After spending 15 years studying and working in Glasgow as a Cabinet Maker, Michael Acey decided to return home to Oban and set up his own company specialising in bespoke furniture and interiors.

Formed over a year ago, Michael Acey Furniture and Bespoke Interiors creates quality custom designed high-end products from individual pieces of freestanding furniture, to built in interiors such as staircases, kitchens and doors.

Michael works with both

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Oban Maritime Quarter – site investigation work to start on Tuesday March 29


Oban Maritime Quarter – site investigation work to start on Tuesday March 29

Argyll and Bute Council’s development of Oban’s North Pier took another step forward this week as a contract worth around £90,000 was awarded to drilling firm Holequest to carry out investigation work on the seabed.

This work will inform the design work for the development of transit berthing facility and the expansion of the North Pier.

A small drilling rig (around the size of two cars) will be installed on

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Debut performance for island school


Tobermory High School Pipe Band made their debut at the Scottish Schools Pipe Band Championships at Broughton High School on Sunday March 13 and came third out of ten schools in their category.

This is an excellent achievement for a band that have only been together for a short time.

‘Kilmartin Museum can no longer be Argyll’s hidden gem.’



‘Kilmartin Museum can no longer be Argyll’s hidden gem.

‘It is world-class museum which is deserving of international recognition’, so said Argyll and Bute MP, Brendan O’Hara during a reception last week in the Palace of Westminster.

The event was set to raise awareness of Kilmartin Museum and its current multi-million redevelopment project.

An impressive array of business people mingled with MPs and Peers from across Scotland while Dr Sharon Webb MBE, curator of the museum outlined their

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Funding boost for Gaelic media service


Funding boost for Gaelic media service

GAELIC broadcaster MG ALBA will receive an additional £1million investment this year.

Minister for Scotland’s languages Alasdair Allan announced the media service will receive the funding following the UK Government’s plan to withdraw all funding to Gaelic broadcasting in Scotland.

MG ALBA is a public body that works in partnership with BBC Scotland to produce BBC Alba.

Since moving to Freeview in 2011, the channel viewing figures have increased

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Police – help solve a crime


POLICE are appealing for witnesses after a close on Alma Crescent was sprayed with graffiti between 6pm on Wednesday March 9 and 6pm the following day. Anyone with any information is urged to call 101 and ask for PC Masterson at Oban Police Office.

Police Scotland warning after terrorist attacks


Communities to  be vigilant in wake of terrorist attacks

In response to the events in Belgium today, Scottish Assistant Chief Constable (ACC) Ruaraidh Nicolson has asked communities to remain vigilant and has provided reassurance about public safety in Scotland.

ACC Nicolson, Police Scotland lead officer for Organised Crime, Counter Terrorism and Safer Communities, said:

‘Following the tragic events in the Belgian capital earlier today, Police Scotland has reviewed security and safety

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Cinema Listings in Oban

For the only place to see the full cinema listings in one place – read the Oban Times out every Thursday .

This weeks films include

ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS: THE ROAD CHIP | U | 112 MIN Through a series of misunderstandings, Alvin, Simon and Theodore come to believe that Dave is going to propose to his new girlfriend in New York City – and dump them. They have three days to get to him and stop the proposal. DEADPOOL | 15 | 128 MIN Based upon Marvel Comics most unconventional

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Pop Idol’s greatest gift

Michelle’s show to raise cash for annual young person’s trip to Lourdes

POP idol winner Michelle McManus is starring in a one-woman show in the Corran Halls on February 26, starting at 8pm. Michelle, who was crowned in 2003, is raising money to help charity, Hosanna House and Children’s Pilgrimage Trust (HCPT), fund a trip for 43 young people from Argyll to Lourdes. Michelle told The Oban Times said: ‘A lot of HCPT members are based in Oban, so I said I would bring the

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