Video could replace this year’s Remembrance Parade

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A decision will be taken in the next couple of weeks on the fate of this year’s Remembrance Parade.

Councillor Jim Lynch said there would not be a full parade as in previous years but there might be a possibility of one reduced in size.

Even a smaller parade could still attract people wanting to watch it and social distancing could be compromised. Safety has to take priority, added Councillor Lynch.

However, there are plans to work on a video that could be  released as part of a Plan B, marking the important commemoration.

‘We are going ahead with doing all the paperwork and putting in requests to the council for the parade but at the moment processions are all banned. It might change with the First Minister’s announcement on October 15 but  timing will be getting tight,’ said Councillor Lynch.

Last year, Oban’s Remembrance Day parade and poppy appeal was saved thanks to Oban Sea Cadets and Councillor Lynch who took it on.

Previously organised by the Oban branch of the Royal British Legion Scotland (RBLS), the traditional Armistice Day events, held to remember members of the armed forces who died in the line of duty, were put in jeopardy after the local RBLS officially closed its doors in February 2019.

About 400 people turned out to join in and watch last year’s remembrance parade along the esplanade from the Corran Halls to the war memorial where wreaths were laid.

Oban Community Council members also heard at their meeting on September 24 than on advice from Argyll and Bute Council’s environmental health department there would be no fireworks in November or at Hogmanay, no reindeer parade or Christmas lights switch on.

The meeting was told the decision had not been taken lightly but was reassured the town will still be lit up for the festive season and there will be Christmas trees.