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Oban Community Council has taken deliver of 850 masks specially made by volunteers to help keep the town safe from Covid.

If the masks, made with love by a team of 13-volunteers from Ardchattan, were laid edge to edge they would stretch the length of three football pitches.

In return for making the masks, the community council gave a donation of £1,550 to Ardchattan Centre’s plans to turn the now-shut Bonawe school into a thriving social hub.

Face masks made by the Ardchattan volunteers, if laid edge to edge, would cover the length of three football pitches.

Oban community council chairperson Marri Malloy said she was delighted with the masks that are available now with some already given to  North Argyll Carers Centre, the Dove Centre and hopefully soon to Hope in Soroba Road.

Some of the masks will also be sent out in food boxes being distributed in the Oban area. People in need of masks can also  contact marri-ian@hotmail.co.uk for more information.

The funding awarded through the community council to the Ardchattan Centre came via a Scottish and Southern Electricity grant to help support communities through the coronavirus outbreak.

Breege Smyth who co-ordinated the mask making said it had been a team-effort and thanked Benderloch-based Owen Sails for cutting out the material.

‘We would have struggled without them on this mammoth task that saw us use over 200 metres of elastic and, if the masks were all laid out edge to edge, would cover the entire length of three football pitches.’