Excitement builds for Oban Games

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Prepare to be invaded, in the nicest possible way – games day is upon us.

It really brings a buzz to the town and my favourite bit is watching the march up to the field, as you see all of life before you, and the excitement on their faces as they get to parade behind the pipers is fantastic.

It is all part of the Scottish experience that people love being part of and we tend to take a bit for granted and be a bit blasé about but we are so lucky to have such a rich heritage and culture.

One of the best parts of being a town ambassador and walking tour guide is seeing how enthusiastic visitors are about things that to us are everyday. It does give me a new appreciation every time I get to share something that is new and exciting with other people.

Everyone sees and experiences things slightly differently so every time I speak to someone new it changes how I view things and I’m in the very fortunate position of appreciating where I live through someone else’s eyes on a daily basis.

It is an experience I would recommend to anyone and it is not too hard to do, as most visitors to our town are really happy to have someone to talk to and it is as simple as smiling and saying hello or offering directions if someone looks lost.

We are well known for being a friendly place and getting caught up in someone else’s enthusiasm makes it friendlier for everyone and does give you a fresh appreciation for what we have here.

Tomorrow (Friday August 24), we’ll all have the chance to put that into practice when Azamara sails into Oban with her passengers and crew of more than 1,000 aboard. Wouldn’t it be great if they left thinking Oban was the friendliest place they had ever visited?

Next Wednesday will also be a busy day with three ships visiting. Hebridean Sky is here to pick up new passengers for the next stage of her journey and is a familiar visitor to Oban but we also have Star Breeze and Astor who bring more than 1,000 people to the town between them.

It is all go at the moment and I love it all. No two days are the same and some days I don’t know if I’m coming or going so if you see me looking a bit dazed or confused, just sit me down with a cuppa and I’ll be fine.

Last week’s photo was of the dedication on the McKelvie Monument in the middle of Argyll Square. This week’s is a bit easier to get to and a bit more
obvious.