Grateful thanks to organisers of a great festival

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What a weekend we had for the bank holiday and, more importantly, the Highlands and Islands Music and Dance Festival, which was a huge success as always.

The people who put so much time and effort into organising it must be thanked. They are the real stars of the weekend because without them nothing would happen and the dancers and musicians would not have this amazing event to showcase their talents.

The amount of work it takes to organise an event of this size and complexity is huge and all these volunteers do it willingly and with love. So on behalf of everyone in Oban, a huge, big thank you to everyone involved in the Highlands and Islands Music and Dance Festival. You are a
credit to the town.

What next? Well, in the run-up to Oban Live, which is now only four weeks away, we still have one or two things to look forward to.

On Tuesday May 14, a slightly more serious event is the Oban Phoenix Cinema Live Screening of All My Sons by Arthur Miller from the Old Vic in London. It has a fabulous cast with Sally Fields and Bill Pullman, two of my favourite actors.

To crown it all, on Saturday May 18 we have two major events on the same day with cruise ship Costa Mediterranea arriving in the morning to deliver about 2,000 people into the town just in time for Oban Pride, which takes place the same day and sounds as if it will be a fabulous event. More details on both these events next week.

Last week’s photograph was of a sandcastle at Ganavan, which I just couldn’t resist. I still love building sandcastles. This week’s photograph will require a bit more effort to identify, including a walk up a steep hill.