Former Moderator regales Oban audience

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The Rotary Club of Oban held its 69th annual charter dinner at the Perle Hotel on Friday November 23, the charter having been granted on November 25, 1949.

The principal guest and speaker was the Very Rev Dr Angus Morrison, who was the Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland for 2015/16 and is now minister of the Orwell and Portmoak parish in Kinross.

Dr Morrison, who is also honorary chaplain to the Queen, served as a minister in Oban from 1979 to 1986 and he regaled his audience with reminiscences of his time growing up in Oban, where his father was a captain of the Northern Lighthouse ships, and then university life and the ministry, culminating in his year of high office.

Rotary president Iain MacIntyre paid fulsome tribute to Dr Morrison’s many scholastic and humanitarian achievements despite being ‘just a wee boy from Oban’ and it was generally agreed that this was one of the best charter nights in that it appealed to the mood of the audience.

A raffle was held which raised £265 for Hope Kitchen, the Oban-based  charity.

The audience was entertained by Emma Hill from the Oban High School Pipe Band and Neil McCracken, also from OHS, on the piano who was the Rotary Club’s Young Musician of the Year.

Dr Morrison and Iain came together again on the following Sunday when Iain and his wife Jane attended the Gaelic service and communion at the  Old Parish Church in Glencruitten Road. The service was conducted by Dr Morrison as a tribute to the much-loved  Rev Dr Roddy MacLeod MBE who, until recently, continued to take the monthly Gaelic service despite retiring as a minister in 2011.