At random with Martin Laing 06.06.19

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Brilliant festival

Thousands of lucky people will be at Mossfield tomorrow and Saturday for this year’s Oban Live.

Sadly, because of other circumstances beyond my control, I will not be among them.

I say ‘sadly’ because I have been to the previous two years of the biggest music fest in Argyll and have had a fantastic time. After all, what’s not to like about it? The music has been brilliant and the weather for the past two events has been glorious.

There is a very special atmosphere at Oban Live, which draws people from all over the country and further afield back time and again.

The festival is also a major contributor to the area’s economy, as just about every hotel room in the town is booked, and the shops, cafes and pubs do a roaring trade.

I truly wish I could be there again this weekend but will have to console myself with the invitation I have received to attend the launch party tonight (Thursday) at Oban Distillery.

As well as food and drink, there will be performances from The Lush Puppies, Blue Moon Travellers and Creel. I am very much looking forward to it. Thanks, Pauline, for including me on the guest list.

Blocking the view

I am indebted to Roddy-Joe for highlighting to me what he considers to be an issue which needs to be addressed.

The genial Aulay’s bar regular button-holed me recently to say that some of the trees around McCaig’s Tower have grown to proportions which are now blocking the usually spectacular views of the town, bay and beyond.

I have to confess that I have not been up to the tower in recent days to see for myself but if Roddy-Joe is correct, it would be a shame for those people who have made the effort to visit the iconic tower.

Perhaps the trees should be trimmed back a touch.

What do you think?

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