Lilies light up remembrance project

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Lilies will be lighting up in Oban this weekend as part of a special festival remembering absent friends.

People wanting to celebrate the lives of lost loved ones were invited to write a message on a lily petal that will make up a beautiful light display.

Letters were sent out to 110 bereaved carers in the area giving them the opportunity to join in the remembrance project.

The display of illuminated petals will go on show through the window of North Argyll Carers Centre in Albany Street this Sunday, November 1.

‘We have had to think outside the box this year to create something that should be both moving and memorable for everyone involved,’ said Mairi Fleck, who is the Learning &  Development Coordinator at the North Argyll Carers Centre.

‘Everyone will be able to view our lilies and enjoy the display from outside the Carers Centre,’ added Mairi who was inspired by a  Light Up Lilies event run by the University of Dundee last year.

People keeping a safe social distance can watch the official unveiling of the display at 7pm on Sunday, the lilies will stay lit for about one hour.

The University of Dundee gifted glow sticks to help light up the petals and funding was received from the To Absent Friends’ festival organisers to pay for the postage to send out the lily petals to carers with return stamped addressed envelopes enclosed.

Mairi wanted to pay particular thanks to Mayra Crowe at the University of Dundee’s School of Humanities Languages and to Rebecca Patterson of Palliative Care Scotland for their help.

After the Sunday switch on, the display will next shine out again from 5pm on Friday November 6 for as long as the batteries last, said Mairi.

To Absent Friends gives people across Scotland an excuse to remember, to tell stories, to celebrate and to reminisce about people they love who have died. It is a people’s festival of storytelling and remembrance is an opportunity to revive lost traditions and create new ones.

To find out more about the annual Scotland-wide festival go to