Charitable group aim to give town event to be proud of

Oban Pride 2020 is all set to be bigger and better than ever.

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Now with its newly acquired charitable status, Oban Pride is all set to deliver an assortment of events to boost funding ahead of this year’s big day.

Headed up by chairman Phill Dexter, the organisation will be hosting its second Pride event on Saturday May 30 and is looking to make it even bigger than last year’s festivities.

‘We are delighted to be back with our second event this year and the team are working hard to make sure it will be as successful and popular as the last one,’ said Phill.

‘We were overwhelmed by the support we received for our inaugural event last year, from everyone who attended to all the local businesses that decorated windows and the many organisations which helped us get up and running.

‘We are also thrilled with all the support we have received so far for Oban Pride 2020 when we are planning a bigger event in our new venue at the Corran Halls.’

As a result of the charitable status, Oban Pride has received some of its funding for this year’s event through the Lottery Community Fund, with other grant applications still being processed.

However, as the group is completely run by volunteers, more help is needed both in the run up and on the day itself.

‘We have some events and meetings coming up soon so why not come along and support your local Pride?’ urged Phill.

‘There are plenty of ways people can help out. We would urge members of the community or further afield interested in Pride to attend any of the events and get involved by joining our friendly pro active team.’

The events are:

Rocky Horror fundraiser night – Saturday February 29 at Oban Phoenix Cinema followed at Pride party at the Lorne Bar – 7.30pm showing of The Rocky Horror Picture Show, fancy dress highly recommended, but not compulsory. Oban Pride will be selling prop bags to help raise funds and raffle tickets for a raffle drawn at the Pride party at the Lorne Bar with DJ and Dragoake with Crystal from 10pm till late.

Volunteer meeting – Thursday March 12 at St John’s Cathedral, 7pm. Anyone interested in volunteering to help with Oban Pride in any way please come along to the meeting to find out more.

Business and community meeting – Thursday March 19 at St John’s Cathedral, 7pm. Anyone who runs or is involved in a business or organisation within Oban and the surrounding areas who would like to help support Oban Pride please come along to the business and community meeting.

Contact the group via Facebook @ObanPride or email for any more information about anything Oban Pride is doing.