Army trucks on the move in Oban

This convoy of army trucks was spotted moving through Oban today

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A fleet of army trucks turned heads as they drove through the centre of Oban today.

A convoy was spotted in Shore Street shortly before lunchtime, with the usually busy streets largely deserted and tensions already high due to the national coronavirus lockdown which is now in day two.

But the appearance of the army driving through the streets of Oban may have a more innocent explanation.

Eyewitness Zac Thomson, aged 22, of Oban, saw it all happen.

He told us: ‘I was coming into work as I start at midday and as I reached the road up to Albany Street there were five or so big army jeeps with two guys in each which drove past and went up the front of town.

‘Following right behind was about the same number of big army trucks.’

‘They were coming almost from the ferry terminal and up town heading north.’

Another eyewitness said she too had heard about the movement of troops through the town centre.

‘I had heard they had been training in Tiree and were just passing through,’ she told The Oban Times.

The British Army in Scotland said today it has been preparing to help with the coronavirus effort as part of a national taskforce.

It also tweeted: ‘The vehicles you might see on the roads are delivering vital supplies to the NHS where they are most needed.’

The Ministry of Defence has also said recently that members of the armed forces are ‘already in many local communities’ helping local resilience forums and local councils on their coronavirus response plans.

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