At random with Martin Laing 25.04.19

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Looking far better

Isn’t the stretch of George Street around the bay starting to look splendid again?

After weeks of builders busily beavering behind barriers (that’s quite enough alliteration – Ed) in a number of premises at the heart of the town, an end seems to be in sight.

The scaffolding around The View and the new Fatface and other shop below has gone, the barriers out in front of the Gelato Burger restaurant have been removed and the whole street has been tidied up.

Indeed, Fatface and Gelato Burger are now open and make very welcome additions to the town’s retail provision.

Argyll Street, on the other hand, is somewhat different, with a crowd of commercial bins often overflowing and spilled paint and other detritus blighting what is a main thoroughfare in the heart of Oban’s tourist area.

And, yes, there is still that often mentioned unsightly discharge flowing across the pavement from the doorway to Spice World.

The ‘garden’ entrance, for want of a better phrase, to the former Rockport Hotel, now back in operation as The Whisky Vaults, is still a bit of a mess, though the business is at least open again.

If someone could see their way to addressing these issues, the town centre would be much improved for it.

Deserved winner

Competition was fierce for the coveted Oban Live Unsigned but I was delighted that Argyll Ceilidh Trail came out on top.

It is a brilliant opportunity for a little known act to perform at a major festival in front of thousands of music fans.

I was also lucky enough to be a guest last Thursday evening at The View for a preview of the hopeful acts in the local category of the Scottish Sea Farms Unsigned Oban Live Shortlist Night.

It was a great evening of fantastic music hosted by the delightful Pauline Clifford from Oban Live and the ever affable K9 Kev, the rapper who won the inaugural Unsigned gig back in 2017 with fellow rapper Rory O’B.

What do you think?

Write to me at or The Oban Times, Crannog Lane, Oban, PA34 4HB, or call 01631 568021.