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Last weekend showcased a huge amount of the talent we have in this wee town – from all the talented musicians who played around the town, including those playing at Markie’s Music Festival to our very own Oban High School Pipe Band who are now European Champions.
There was also a great result for one of our local shinty teams with Oban Camanachd winning the Celtic Society Cup in an exciting match at Taynuilt.
I admit bias in boasting about this as one of my two sports-daft nephews was playing. I’m a very proud auntie.
Oban also punches above its weight on the international sporting scene, with lots of our young people taking their sport to an even higher level. We have golfer Robert MacIntyre who is doing great things on the European Tour, and John MacPhee who is competing in the Moto3 World Championship. In rugby, too, we have competitors playing at international level for both the men and women, with Abi Evans, Magnus Bradbury and in the under-20s Lomond MacPherson. They are all a credit to Oban.
There are probably lots more I haven’t mentioned and my apologies for that. We have writers, TV presenters and people who have excelled in many different fields who have their roots in Oban and have travelled the world.
With all the credit they deserve, so too do the people at home who have trained them, pushed and encouraged them and enabled them to be among the best in what they do. If it wasn’t for the people behind the scenes, teachers, trainers, parents and family members, then these achievements may not have happened or would not have gone so well.
So to all the background heroes that make things possible for our young people, often at a cost to their own purses and social and family lives, well done and thank you.
The photograph last week was of Oban Stove and Heating Company, tucked in beside Stoddart’s. This week you need to take a wee walk from the town centre.