At random with Martin Laing 05.09.19

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Community hero

I know he will be embarrassed but I want to sing the praises of one Oban businessman.

Paddy Lafferty, who runs D&K Lafferty, the Oban-based firm of contractors, is ever affable when I meet him and always good company.

However, for those who don’t know him, he is also a major supporter financially of many causes in the area, though he will probably be horrified that I am flagging this up.

Among the principal beneficiaries are Oban Saints FC, who Paddy has sponsored for a long time and at many levels, including sponsoring of the annual D&K Lafferty Cup, the pre-season tournament which draws professional team to Mossfield.

Some of you out there will also be aware that Paddy’s firm pays for all new S1 pupils at Oban High School to receive reuseable water bottles.

Among his other admirers is Nick Wesley from Oban’s Atlantis Leisure. Nick recently wrote in The Oban Times: ‘We’re so grateful to D&K Lafferty who have created a wonderful new pavement for us. Lafferty continue to be a fantastic support to the centre and it was great to work with them on another project here – thanks as ever to Paddy and Co.’

Paddy is rooted in this community and gives a great deal to its benefit. He’s a real community hero, though he will hate me for saying so.

In the pink

We carried a report last week on the sponsored walk in aid of Pink Ladies Day, an annual pampering event for Argyll women who  have experienced breast cancer.

More than 40 ladies – and a dog –  turned up to join a sponsored four-mile Twilight Walk from the Victory Hall in Benderloch on Friday August 16.

Organiser Nicky Murphy said the walk had brought in more than £1,000 to go towards the £5,000 cost of of the day.

Cancer touches so many of us and this excellent event is worthy of support. For more information on the charity email or to donate use the go fund me link

What do you think?

Write to me at or The Oban Times, Crannog Lane, Oban, PA34 4HB, or call 01631 568021.