2019 Oban Winter Festival closes with a bang

Abbi Ferguson, Aimee Greenlaw, and Ella Mackechnie produced over 50 flavoured lollypops for the Junior Entrepreneurs Market on Saturday.

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Oban Winter Festival 2019 came to a thrilling climax on Saturday night when a special St Andrew’s Day firework finale lit the sky above the town.

A saltire created by spotlights could be seen from as far away as Benderloch while crowds gathered along the esplanade to witness the spectacle.

Organisers declared this year’s event, held from November 15-30 a huge success’

‘Many of the events were up, in terms of footfall, compared to last year and everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves,’ said an Oban Winter Festival organising committee spokesperson.

‘The St Andrew’s Day fireworks and Big St Andrew’s Bash were  both very well attended and provided a fitting finale for what has been a fantastic three weeks for all concerned.’

During the day on Saturday, Winter Festival entertainment continued with workshops and markets taking place throughout the town.

Artists of all ages gathered at the Rockfield Centre for Create and Make it for Christmas workshops led by Val Hamilton, Val Leckie (2 Vals Art Classes) and Elizabeth Stevenson of Art Explorers.

Families were invited to go join in the free sessions which saw everyone getting stuck into designing and making their own angels, and Christmas cards and decorations from recycled materials.

Along at The View a very special Local Heroes event, incorporating the Lighthouse Keepers Lunch, was taking place. Heroes of the sea, including Oban RNLI, Northern Lighthouse Board and Oban Sea Cadets were all on hand to meet and chat with members of the community.

Young entrepreneurs took over at the distillery and the Oban Chocolate Company, selling goods they had made themselves.

New this year was the Junior Entrepreneurs, for youngsters age 10-16 years, who set up stall at the chocolate shop between 4-6pm.

Saturday’s events rounded off a very busy three weeks in the town and organisers hope to build on this year’s success.

‘Our job isn’t finished yet as we now need to gather together all the impact reports to present to our funders,’ said the festival spokesperson.

‘We are thrilled about how things have gone this year and are overwhelmed with how the community has helped and supported us throughout.’

Earlier this week Winter Festival mascot Coolio handed over £50 worth of vouchers to Oban’s Agnes Ingram for submitting the most receipts from the the town’s late night shopping event, and presented a bottle of wine to Amore Hairdressing owner Rebecca Neilson with daughter Katie, one, for the best dressed window.