Letters to the editor 09.01.20

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Appeal for help to find friends’ address

In the late 1970s, we lived in Oban on what was then the new Soroba estate. Joyce and Charlie Millar were our neighbours and our strength and help. As a young couple with two children and no work, they accepted us strangers and treated us as a family.

We moved from Oban after a couple of years and Joyce and Charlie moved to run Beechgrove Guest House on Croft Road in Oban.

We kept in touch and, while on a short trip to Norfolk, they visited me this year in Hethersett and left their new address, as they retired from the guest house. However, I lost the address so please, if you can, help me to get in touch with them again. They are very well known in Oban, so I am sure somebody will know their address.
Anna Harris, 14 Karen Close,
Hethersett, Norwich NR9 3DG.

Thanks for handing in my forgotten handbag

I would sincerely like to thank the lady who found my handbag in the trolley at Lidl in Oban on Saturday and handed it in to the store. I was completely panic-stricken when I realised what I had done. Also thank you to the gentlemen at Lidl who had tried their best to get in contact with me. There are still good and honest people about. A very grateful Jean.
Name and address supplied.

First Christmas tree festival success thanks to everyone

I would like to thank all those who contributed to the success of the island’s very first Christmas tree festival – it would not have been the stunning success it was without your imagination and flair.

For those who enjoyed taking part in the the People’s vote the results were; first The Heritage Centre with their St Moluag tree, Second the Primary School with their Tree of Friendship and third Hazel Mac Cormick with her Sheep tree. Joint fourth were the Badminton club and Sadie Gilchrist’s Nativity Tree.

Thanks to all and ‘See you next year?’
Rosemary Barry, Lismore.

Rugby legend calls runners to join the resolution

Rugby legend, TV pundit and stroke survivor Gareth Thomas is calling on people to sign up for the Edinburgh Resolution Run in aid of the Stroke Association at Glasgow Green, Glasgow, on Sunday March 15. Participants can choose their distance from 5k or 10k, helping to raise vital funds to help the Stroke Association provide specialist support and fund critical research.

Gareth himself had a stroke aged 28, and was ordered to rest for six months in order to recover. He says: ‘I had a stroke and know all too well that recovery is as individual as each survivor. That’s why the Stroke Association is encouraging people to join its Resolution Run and raise funds to help rebuild more lives after stroke.’

Kirsty Scott, fundraising manager at the Stroke Association in Scotland said: ‘Stroke recovery is a marathon not a sprint. Life after stroke is different for us all, but there is one way we can stand together. The Resolution Run is the perfect opportunity to mark a milestone in your own stroke recovery, show your support for a friend or family member affected by stroke, or in memory of a loved one. It’s more than a run, it’s a resolution to help rebuild lives after stroke across Scotland.’

To join the resolution, visit www.resolutionrun.org.uk, email resolution@stroke.org.uk or call 0300 330 0740.
Angie Macleod, Communications Manager Scotland at the Stroke Association