Oban pupils create ‘shop local’ video

Pupils from Oban High School get set to record their film.

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Senior pupils from Oban High School have created a new video to underline the importance of shopping locally.

Ten S6 students took part in the project which is being shared across social media channels to underline the value of shopping locally and how it helps keep jobs and vital retailers in Oban.

The cast and crew – all members of the school’s senior pupil leadership team – are part of a dedicated bubble which allowed them to safely work together.

The video tells the story of pupil Bethany collecting her wages from Jackson Brothers butchers in George Street and then preparing for a friend’s birthday dinner at Piazza on the North Pier.

Freya, left, and Bethany, right, appear in the video at The Sports Shop, Oban

It shows her journey as she uses local businesses, including The Sports Shop, Roxy’s Coffee and Tea House; Button Nose Boutique and Fat Face.

Pupils were accompanied during filming by Peter Bain, executive head teacher of the high school, and Alan Nicol, IT technician.

Mr Bain said the video aimed to promote not just those business directly featured but the ‘wealth’ of shopping opportunities Oban offered and its strong community spirit.

He said: ‘BID4Oban approached us and asked us if we would like to get involved in an initiative to promote locals keeping their business in the town and supporting local businesses, which in turn, helps to support the school and other community ventures.

‘We were obviously very keen to support BID4Oban because they are a keen supporter of the school itself. When we spend our money in the town, the local businesses obviously employ local people in the town, which is beneficial for the populace.’

Andy Spence, chief executive of BID4Oban, said: ‘It’s about raising awareness that if we don’t shop locally and support local services they may not be there in the future.’

Pupils involved in the project said they used a range of local shops to buy gifts at Christmas, as well as trying to support them at lunch times and when meeting up with their friends.

To watch the video head to www.facebook.com/loveoban/videos/2853522691572971

Or visit the school’s channel on YouTube: