Let the festive season begin in earnest

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What a hectic weekend that was! After Saturday and the Reindeer Parade, I think my legs are two inches shorter.

It was a wonderful day which began with a visit by Santa and the reindeer to Eadar Glinn where the residents who were able to went outside to meet the reindeer and receive their gift from Santa and then Santa visited those who couldn’t make it outside.

We’d like to say a huge thank you to the staff and residents at Eadar Glinn for allowing us to visit and also to Santa and his reindeer for making it such a memorable experience.

Then it was down to Station Square to get ready for the main event, which was a huge collaboration of people helping to set up stalls and road signs and, of course, a pen for the reindeer when they arrived.

Oban Rotary Club, Police Scotland, Oban and Lorn Lions, Stewart’s Amusements, Oban Electic Services, Oban FM and numerous others all deserve huge thanks for bringing it together it time for 5pm when the main man  – Santa – followed Oban Pipe Band down George Street to Station Square.

A big thank you to Oban Pipe Band, too, as the Reindeer Parade would not be complete without everyone in the square straining to hear the pipes announcing Santa’s approach.

I can honestly say that this was one of the biggest turnouts for the Reindeer Parade that I’ve seen, and it was fantastic watching everyone pouring down the street with smiling faces, adults and children alike. In fact, some of the adults were as excited as the children.

So that’s the Christmas season started for me. I like to wait until the lights are on and Santa’s visited for the first time and now I can think about writing cards and getting the decorations down from the loft.

The photo last week was of the old wall that was between the old high school and the hill behind it. This week it’s slightly more up to date.