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With December now here and the clock ticking to Christmas, one lucky reader of The Oban Times has an extra reason to shop local.
Rosemary MacColl had the magic touch to win our £200 Love Oban voucher competition in association with BID4Oban, which ran in the paper for three weeks throughout November.
Her winning entry was drawn out of the hat and on Monday this week she attended the BID office to receive her handful of vouchers from chief executive Andy Spence and Nadine Ross-Fincher, our advertising sales supervisor.
To encourage local people to spend locally, BID4Oban introduced a ‘Love Oban’ voucher scheme which encourages local people to support local businesses.
Delighted winner Rosemary said: ‘It’s lovely, it’s just come at such a nice time as well, as we’re coming up to Christmas.’
Rosemary has made a start on her Christmas shopping but plans to make sure her two grandchildren in Paisley, John and Lucy, the children of daughter Jill Keenan, get a treat.
To help, the enterprising 12-year-old and eight-year-old have drawn up a wish list!
Hopefully, Santa may also have some room for Rosemary, too, who has set her heart on a handmade Harris Tweed Clock.
The importance of supporting local independent businesses is not lost on Rosemary, who works at Connel Surgery and is actively involved in the community, from Spotlight Musical Theatre Group, to Oban FM, music and dance, and the pipe band.
Rosemary said: ‘Especially at this time, and every other year, it’s lovely to support the shops to help ensure they stay open and they offer such a wide variety that you don’t really need to go anywhere else to do your shopping because we’ve got it all here.’
‘I love Oban, I would not live anywhere else’.
Mr Spence said: ‘We’re delighted to have been able to support the Oban Times with this initiative and Love Oban vouchers at this moment in time are critically important to the business community of Oban because it ensures that the Oban pound stays in Oban and is spent within Oban.’