Chaotic weekend was such fun in Oban

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What a very busy weekend that was – I still don’t know if I’m coming or going.

From the very organised mayhem of the arrival of Ocean Majesty and her passengers to the chaos of the raft race, it was fantastic.

The sheer volume of people who came to watch the raft race was brilliant. A few more rafts would have been nice but the effort and enthusiasm of those who entered can’t be faulted. Well done to all of you for taking part and to George Street Fish Restaurant for sponsoring the race, and also a big thanks
to Autoglass who once again donated a fantastic raffle prize.

There is one other group who everyone using the beach at the weekend should also thank and that’s the amazing people from Hope Kitchen who turn out every Wednesday come rain or shine to clean the beach.

What a difference this has made to the centre of the town. As a local, I’m very grateful and I promise I will be back to help.

It was lovely to take off after such a hectic day and spend the evening in Kilmelford Church listening to music from Bruadar Duo on flute and guitar. I came away soothed and uplifted.

The range of music on offer over the weekend meant that I could also have seen Iron Maiden and Metallica tribute acts at the Corran Halls or a range of local bands around the town. It’s fantastic to have the choices we do.

The coming weekend promises to be a wee bit quieter, which wouldn’t be hard, but there are still plenty of things to do.

The Rockfield Centre has two excellent exhibitions on at the moment, Blur and Of The Land. I’ve already been once and I’m sure I’ll be back a few more times as there’s a lot to appreciate.

Artmap Argyll is also under way at the moment giving you a chance to visit artists and crafters in their own studios and environments, and it always amazes me how many talented people we have living in our area.

I would really recommend taking the chance to get out and about and visit as many places and people as you can, all signposted by a big red dot.

The photograph last week was of the memorial plaque on Stafford Street, you don’t have to travel too far for this week’s photo.