The world comes to Oban

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It’s that time of year again when we lose many of our young people to colleges and universities in the cities as they go to pursue their education while, on the other hand, we also welcome students from all over the world to Oban to study at Argyll College UHI, SAMS and Ballet West.

I’m delighted to say that each year our welcome to them is growing and this year included a freshers’ event held in The View, where they were able to engage with lots of groups, businesses and people who can help them settle into their new home and integrate with the community.

It really adds to the thriving community we have here that it contains people from so many different places who all add their experiences, languages and cultures to create a town that’s hospitable and welcoming to everyone. It’s certainly something to encourage and be proud of in the times we’re in at the moment.

Speaking of languages and experiences, I went to see Frankie Boyle in the Corran Halls last week, not quite sure what I was letting myself in for and I’m delighted to say it was a fantastic evening and really well attended.

The Corran Halls has so much going on just now that I can’t go to everything I would like to. It’s fantastic to see the variety of entertainment being offered this year. There’s really something for everyone, from children’s shows to comedians, live bands, tribute acts, opera and ballet.

Between the Corran Halls, Oban Phoenix Cinema and all the live music and quizzes around the town, I could quite happily be out every night of the week but my stamina isn’t quite up to that any more so I have to pick
and choose – not an easy task.

Do remember to add any events to Oban Town Diary to let everyone
know what’s happening in Oban.

The photo last week was of the memorial plaque on Stafford Street and this week’s is also very centrally located, if you keep your eyes open.