Oban’s Burns Club Supper is off the menu

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A lack of helpers despite a last-ditch appeal means Oban’s 2020 Burns Supper is cancelled.

Oban Burns Club hoped a plea for help in The Oban Times would save the January event but no one has come forward.

The club, which has run for more than 80 years, will continue but a shortage of volunteers to sit on its committee means next year’s Burns Supper is off the event list.

Difficulty in getting speakers to make the toasts at the Burns Supper was also becoming a problem for organisers, said former club chairman John MacLean, adding that cancelling the 2020 supper was ‘a great regret’.

No one responded to the club’s appeal for a special rallying meeting to give support on Thursday June 27 at the Royal Hotel.

The club, one of Oban’s last male bastions, had offered to open up membership to women in the hope they could help save the day.

Caption: The top table of Oban Burns Club at the 2018 supper.