At random with Martin Laing 05.12.19

Taps Aff perform in the Corran Halls as part of the Oban Winter Festival.
Taps Aff perform in the Corran Halls as part of the Oban Winter Festival.

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Hats off to Taps Aff

I may be a relative newcomer to the Oban area but already I have become a firm fan of the winter festival.

The team behind the November events do a brilliant job and the festival now draws people from near and far to the town.

Among the numerous attractions this year was a food and crafts market at the Corran Halls which I dropped into on the final Saturday.

There were lots of great items on offer on the many stalls but I was in for an unexpected treat with a dance performance on the main stage by a group calling themselves Taps Aff.

According to their Facebook page (tapsaffoban): ‘We are a self-taught dance troupe who met through our love of tap dancing. We have become firm friends on our journey. We love learning new routines and each one of us has some input into our performances.’

The half a dozen or so women and one guy put on a thoroughly entertaining couple of routines that were met with well-deserved warm applause.

Just one of the highlights for me of what was a splendid 10 days in Oban.

Let there be light

Following my grumbling last week about the poor state of street lighting in Oban town centre, I received an email on Thursday morning from Andy Spence, the estimable chief executive of BID4Oban.

Andy said: ‘I did report these faults to A&B last week. Thanks for highlighting the issue. I have followed up this morning and the lights have still not been inspected!!! Along with Argyll Square there are numerous faults across the town. I will raise more incidents in the hope some action will be taken.’

With the dark winter days, the lack of effective lighting is a public safety issue and needs to be addressed quickly, so come on, Argyll and Bute Council, and get a wriggle on.

What do you think?

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