At random with Martin Laing 27.02.20

Andrew Spence and Kay McDonald from BID4Oban do excellent work, including the Love Oban vouchers.

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Doing the business

I wrote two weeks ago about a number of retail premises in central Oban that have closed or are about to and mentioned that I was sure BID4Oban would be on the case trying to market the premises.

Andy Spence, the estimable chief executive of BID4Oban, was way ahead of me, and, as you will read elsewhere in this week’s Oban Times, has been proactive in making sure these units are filled as quickly as possible.

The good news is that apparently the Fonehouse in Argyll Square has been sold and I’ve seen lights on behind the painted windows of Abbies Cafe in Argyll Street as someone beavers away.

A wee birdie also tweets to me that Nancy Black’s, also in Argyll Square, and which seems to have been vacant for ages, could soon be re-opening in a new guise.

This is excellent news and much of it is down to Andy and his colleagues, who deserve a pat on the back for efforts which often go unremarked.

And it just goes to show that Oban remains a vibrant centre economically. Well done to the BID4Oban team.

Getting the message

Oban’s favourite son, golfer Bob MacIntyre, is making the news this week but not for the usual reasons.

Bob has come in for praise for taking to the fairways with a logo prominent on his golf bag for Martyn’s Monday Club, the Oban charity which helps people with mental health problems.

From small beginnings as a men’s self-help group, Martyn’s Monday Club has grown considerably and now also includes a women’s section.

It is a fantastic club doing remarkable things, and Bob deserves praise for flagging up its campaigning work.

For those who don’t know, the men’s group meets every Monday between 7pm and 9pm at Hope Kitchen on Soroba Road. The ladies’ section meets at the same times and place but on Tuesdays.

And everyone is welcome to go along to the appropriate club.

What do you think?

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