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A major venue in Oban is appealing for people to support it by purchasing an online round of drinks.
The View on George Street has added its name to ‘Save Pub Life’ – an online campaign to help the licensed trade.
It allows pub-goers to purchase between £10 to £100 worth of drinks and receive a ‘virtual gift card’ to redeem them over the bar when the coronavirus restrictions are lifted.
The scheme was set up by Budweiser and however much a customer spends online, the beer giants will ‘double the money’ for the local business.
Pubs, clubs and venues have no income coming in after having to shut their doors to the public.
It also gives loyal regulars a chance to support their town’s favourite nightspots and ensure they are still standing once the pandemic has passed.
The View, formerly Skippinish, can cater for more than 500 people and usually has a busy calendar of live music, bingo events, weddings and meetings.
It has also proved a staunch supporter of ceilidhs and Scottish traditional music, along with local charities.
The nightspot was taken over nearly two years ago by directors Drew Walker, aged 42, Andrew Buchanan and Daniel MacIntyre, both 38.
The trio told The Oban Times: ‘We’re the new kids on the block, so we’re having to think of new ways to help our venue and Oban’s entire night-time economy to thrive.
‘We’ve had six local people purchase gift cards to a total of £150 but that is doubled to £300.
‘Our very popular fundraising bingo nights, have highlighted Oban’s great community spirit and we’re sure plenty of people will help each other out at this time.’
Like many others, the three directors have families and the sudden closure of the business has come as a major strain as well as having to reluctantly furlough their ‘excellent staff’.
The trio had been working up plans to significantly invest in the venue which they regard as ‘unique’ to both Oban and Scotland’s west coast.
In the event the lockdown continues, the three businessmen are developing plans for a ‘click and collect service’ and hope the community will get in a few rounds at The View via the ‘Save Pub Life’ initiative.
To buy a virtual round for The View, please visit https://savepublife.com/collections/scotland/products/the-view-oban-pa34-5nl