At random with Martin Laing 19.09.19

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Great sports

We at The Oban Times have, perfectly understandably, given comsiderable space to the brilliant golfing exploits of Oban’s Bob MacIntyre in his rookie season on the European Tour.

I know personally a number of Bob’s many fans in the town who have travelled to various golf courses to cheer on the Glencruitten club youngster, particularly here in Scotland.

But the Lorne pub’s landlord Declan Curran and a friend took it to a whole new level by flying out to Hamburg in Germany for the final round of Porsche European Open at Green Eagle Golf Courses.

Declan and his chum Brian left Oban at 4am to catch a flight to Hamburg and arrived at the course just in time to see Bob tee-off as he started his final round. As you will know, Bob came tantalisingly close to his maiden tour victory.

Bob took the time to meet his fellow Obanites and shake hands with them. You can see footage online as a short film was made of the guys’ flying visit to support Bob.

Better informed

I wrote last week lamenting the eyesore gap site in Stevenson Street following the demolition of a building between the Salvation Army premises and the Dove Centre.

I admitted that I could not recollect what was there previously so I am indebted to Kay McDonald for her assistance.

Kay, as many people will know, is an Oban town ambassador who works for the excellent BID4Oban company, whose offices are also in Stevenson Street.

Kay tells me: ‘That space you were asking about in Stevenson Street used to be D Crawford and Sons, Plumbers. My dad was a partner in the firm many years ago but both partners have passed away and it was left to the sons of Charlie MacInnes. I’m not sure what the plans are but I had heard flats mentioned.’

Anyone know more details of any proposed development?

What do you think?

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