Lights out at McCaig’s Tower in Oban

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Works have begun to repair McCaig Tower’s broken £50,000 lighting system.

Oban became less bright and colourful earlier this year when the landmark’s spectacular lights failed due to water damage, plunging the skyline into darkness.

The upgrade to the amphitheatre’s lights cost £50,000 four years ago, funded as part of Argyll and Bute Council’s CHORD project.

Since then McCaig’s Tower has joined other national monuments in lighting up in different colours to mark special days, such as purple for the Epilepsy Society’s Purple Day, blue for Dyslexia Awareness Week, blue and yellow for World Down’s Syndrome Day, and the tricolour following the Paris terrorist attacks.

A council spokesperson said: ‘Work started last week to clear shrubbery at the base of the tower to allow workers to safely install new lights. The installation of the lights began this week and is expected to take three weeks to complete.’

It is hoped they will be fixed in time to light up poppy red as a mark of respect for Remembrance Sunday on November 11.