The entertainment just keeps coming in Oban

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We have another music festival coming up this weekend and although it may not be quite as big as Oban Live, I’m sure the music will be just as good, writes Bid4Oban ambassador Kay MacDonald.
Markie Dan’s annual music festival begins on Friday and continues through the weekend … if your feet have recovered and you’re raring to go.
If you fancy something a wee bit quieter, then Oban Phoenix Cinema honestly has something for everyone just now and it’s such a worthwhile venture to support. I don’t want us to become complacent and forget what it was like when we didn’t have the cinema – the town was much poorer without it.
It’s quite nice to have it a wee bit quieter after the buzz of Charities Day and Oban Live the weekend before. I like a bit of calm before we head back into another hectic weekend on June 24 and 25 with the Bid4Oban local market in Station Square on the Saturday and the Lorne Games on the Sunday at Mossfield.
Don’t forget your entries for the produce and crafts tent. Schedules are available online or in the Bid4Oban office on Stevenson Street.
We also have a small cruise ship in the bay on the day of the games. Called the Star Pride, it’s her first visit to Oban, so let’s pray for a lovely sunny June weekend.
Although it’s been a bit of a dreich start to June, we’ve been incredibly lucky for the events so far as the sun has come out just in time, although for the Rainbows in the parade on Saturday it wouldn’t have mattered as the girls had lovely jellyfish umbrellas to keep them dry.
The parade was great, as always. What a lot of effort went into the outfits, it’s a credit to all the charities that took part and the commitment of the people involved. I do miss the floats though. Oban is so generous to the charities it supports and Charities Day just shows and shares the love.
Don’t forget that you can let me know if you have any events coming up that you want to add to Oban What’s On. We’re also happy to put up posters in the office window if we have room.
You can email me at, call 01631 659915, access Oban What’s On online, or you could just stop me in the street and tell me … I’ll be the one in turquoise with the big bag.
Which reminds me: I get asked a lot what I keep in my bag. Usually far too much, but it includes maps of the town, leaflets with things to do while you’re here, timetables for ferries, trains and buses, a notepad and pens, sunscreen, hankies, doggie poo bags (for the people who forget to carry their own), wipes, lip balm and a comb. That’s why it’s such a big bag, but it’s also useful for letting people know what I do and that they can ask for information and help.
I often see people reading the bag as they walk by and then turning to come back and ask me something.
Did you recognise last week’s photo? It was the Rowantree Hotel, with beautiful colours in the stone. This week is easy, but that may only be because I know where it is. See how you get on.