Bespoke window art helps highlight Tesco competition

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Anyone who has visited Tesco Oban in the last week would have been greeted by two brilliant pieces of artwork at the front door.

In a bid to highlight the store’s Bags For Help scheme, a talented member of staff has painted pictures of McCaig’s Tower and Tobermory Bay onto the glass.

The scheme sees each customer being handed a blue token at the checkout and they vote for their chosen charity. Four times a year, three charities are selected and each receives money for their cause. To date, the Oban store has donated £165,000 to local good causes.

Store manager, Robert McIntyre said: ‘So far, from Tesco Oban, we have donated to 51 projects since it started, excluding this round, and we have donated £165,734. We have given the second highest amount in the whole of the UK.

‘What we award depends on what groups ask for. They can ask for up to £25,000 and they have to tell us what they would spend the money on.

‘The stand is at the front door for people to vote and we asked Ann to do two pictures at the door as a focal point as we want to highlight it.’

Ann Buchanan, who has been creating art since she was eight, said: ‘The two pictures are of two of the areas that we cover. I could not do them all, so I picked Oban’s McCaig’s Tower and Tobermory Bay.’

The former Glasgow School of Art student added: ‘It is something that people really appreciate. When I have been painting, people have been asking what it is about, so they are getting the message.’

The paintings tie in with a refurbishment that has been taking place in the store.

‘We have spent over £1 million since November refurbishing the store,’ Mr McIntyre said. ‘There is still work to be done. A lot of it has been maintenance.’

Mr McIntyre joked: ‘Someone asked me if we were getting a royal visit.’