Crowds turn out to party at Oban Charities Day

Bear hug at Spotlight Musical Theatre Group's Teddy Treasure Hunt stall. Princesses Lesley Duncan and Morven Wright take a break for the camera with Teddy, aka Steevie Day.

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Oban charities snatched a good weather window on Saturday  to take the town centre by storm, promoting their good causes and raising funds.

Crowds turned out to show their support and enjoy the carnival atmosphere as a pipe band led a colourful parade down George Street from the Corran Halls.

There were more than 40 stalls  making the most of this year’s charities day, one of the biggest highlights of their calendar year. Some of them raised more than £300.

The popular event is organised annually by Oban and Lorn Lions Club. It’s president David Coates said: ‘We hope everyone has enjoyed it as much as we have. It’s been a wonderful day. The stalls have been busy, making lots of money for their good work and letting everyone know what a big heart our town has. Thank you to everyone who has helped make it yet another success.’

Pleased to be there was Oban High School’s parent council who were face painting to help bolster an appeal to raise £30,000 needed for a new minibus for the support department.

Spotlight Musical Theatre group were also pulling in the punters at their Teddy treasure hunt and bottle stall, promoting their Camelot panto coming in December. Keeping in character, their fancy dress won them the trophy for the best dressed stall on the day.

Yardley School of Irish Dancing also got a prize for being the best-dressed group in the parade.

Oban Mountain Rescue kept everyone fed, flipping burgers, and Campbell Cameron from Oban FM was well tuned-in, entertaining the happy crowd with music and banter.

The youngest stallholder was seven-year-old Madison McCuish running a hook-a-teddy game with help from her grandma Sandra Coates.

Hardwork for Oban and Lorn Lions continues now Charities Day is over as members turn their thoughts to August’s raft race.

This year’s Great Oban Raft Race is set for Saturday August 24, pushing off  from the town centre beach.

Lions members are challenging budding sea farers to team up and have a go.

Not only is there a chance of winning the race title but also a prize for best-dressed raft – No one has managed to beat Autoglass yet.

‘Don’t forget all the money raised from the day goes to local causes via our Lions Charity Fund so the biggest trophy goes to the crew who raise the most money by getting sponsorship from their family and friends,’ said one of the organising members Jim Edge.

Anyone interested in entering should email

Also out on the water on August 24 will be the Round Kerrera Kayak Race.