At Random with Martin Laing – 19.11.20

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Positively inspiring

When I picked up last week’s Oban Times, I was instantly struck by the wonderful sense of community togetherness across the town.

While there were the usual hard news stories from court and about Covid, there were so many articles chronicling the superb efforts by countless people in our area.

In no particular order or degree of importance, and with apologies to anyone I miss out, it was heartwarming to read of the £7,000 raised in memory of Brian MacDonald for Motor Neurone Disease, of the efforts by Oban’s Salvation Army to gather gifts in its annual Christmas appeal to help disadvantaged children and of the linking up of Royal Mail with Hope Kitchen to do likewise.

Then there is the role of BID4Oban – yes, I mentioned it and its estimable chief executive Andy Spence last week – in organising the festive window dressing competition for businesses.

What a shame the splendid Oban Winter Festival cannot go ahead this year. It’s a real blow for organiser Pamela Lockhart and her colleagues, though she will hate me for singling her out.

There was also the tale of the Oban Access Panel, which is striving to improve the lives of our neighbours living with disabilities. And there are many more.

Well done to everyone who gives so selflessly to make the Oban area such a great place to live and work.

Fairway to heaven!

It would be remiss of me to pen this week’s ramblings without giving a nod to the fantastic success story that is Bob MacIntyre.

Young Bob set the heather alight last year when he won the Rookie of the Year gong on golf’s European Tour and he followed that up this month with his inaugural title win and held aloft the handsome tCyprus Challenge tournament trophy.

It was a landmark achievement for the Oban sports star and will, I am sure, be just the first of many more to come.

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