People in Oban remember loved ones

Members of the board and friends of Oban Hospice gather to greet those who have lost someone special in their lives around the book of remembrance service at the Corran Halls in Oban. Picture: Kevin McGlynn

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The illuminated tree outside the Corran Halls. NO_T51_Lightupalife_pic Kevin McGlynn
The illuminated tree outside the Corran Halls. Photograph: Kevin McGlynn

The Corran Halls were illuminated on Tuesday night as people remembered loved ones they had lost.

Oban Hospice’s annual Light Up A Life event allowed people the chance to remember someone special by sponsoring a light on the tree outside the venue.

During the ceremony, piper Ryan MacInnes played Highland Cathedral while the audience each lit up a small light.

Taynuilt Gaelic Choir then entertained the packed hall with two songs they performed at this year’s Mòd.

Iain MacIntyre from the Rotary Club also gave a reading and the Rev James Beaton said a prayer reflecting on Jesus saying: ‘I am the light.’

David Entwistle, chairman of Oban Hospice, thanked Oban Electrical Services Ltd for putting up the lights free of charge. He went on to thank the local community for their generosity over the years which had led to the opening of the Dove Centre in Stevenson Street.

The Dove is a ‘mini Maggie’s Centre’ and offers advice and therapies to people with life-limiting illnesses such as cancer.

Chairwoman of the Friends of Oban Hospice, its fundraising arm, Margaret MacLean, thanked the board members for organising the event, and she mentioned former members such as Joan MacGill, Maureen Munro and the late Betty Dunlop, who would be proud their efforts had been carried on to the extent that Oban and district now had its own centre for assisting locals with cancer and other long-term illnesses.

Oban Hospice will be ‘stepping up’ its fundraiser efforts in order to keep the Dove Centre going for years to come.

The commemorative book where people can enter the names of their loved ones will be on display in the centre.

People can still sponsor a light and add their name to the book, which is available to view during normal office hours.