Around Oban – 03.10.19

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I’d like to say a huge Thank You to the organisers of the Glitter Ball which took place on Saturday night. It is years since I’ve had the chance to wear a long dress and sparkly jewellery and they made a magnificent job of entertaining everyone.

Right enough it was a miracle that the dress fitted after all the cakes on Friday, with everyone doing their bit for McMillan Cancer Support. There was some fabulous homebaking around the town and who can resist that – especially the Lemon Drizzle cake provided by my boss Andy Spence?

It’s heading into that season now where the thought of tea and a nice bit of cake or a nice bowl of soup keeps you going. If that takes your fancy then head along to Glencruitten Church Centre this Saturday from noon to 2pm where Friends of Oban Hospice are having a soup lunch with home baking – a lovely way to start off a Saturday afternoon.

We’ve also come to the end of the cruise ship season with the visit of Seabourn Ovation last Thursday.

What a successful day it was. The mainly American passengers were delighted to be in Oban and even one or two wee showers did not put them off – I even got a hug from one couple as they made their way back to the ship, promising to return in the near future.

It’s been a great summer for the ships calling, I think Joe and I only end up like drowned rats twice as we stood at the pontoons welcoming everyone ashore, and the feedback from the ships and the companies that support them has been fantastic. The welcome they receive in Oban has certainly been noted and the fact that everything is right on the doorstep when they land is appreciated.

I’m looking forward to next season already as there are some beautiful new ships due in and some old favourites such as the Queen Mary II hopefully returning.

The photograph last week was of the lamp outside Julie’s Coffee Shop in Stafford Street – very pretty and welcoming.  This week’s means looking up as you walk about but try not to trip.