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Donations have started to roll in to fund a new £2,500 webcam for the Northern Lighthouse Board Pier at Oban.
It follows an appeal last summer to raise funds to replace the camera on the opposite North Pier, which was put into position in November.
An appeal to raise funds for the NLBP camera is now being run on a JustGiving page at www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/obanwebcam
So far, £360 has been raised with positive comments about Oban having poured in from those contributing to the fundraiser.
Linda Battison, marketing director of the Oban and Lorn and Tourism Alliance (OLTA), said the live streams showing Oban’s beautiful seafront are visited by thousands of people every year on its website www.oban.org.uk
‘The webcams are always the most visited pages on the website – they really help to drive traffic,’ said Linda.
She said the difference in quality between the new and old camera is plain to see, while the ongoing costs of providing the service also included broadband and streaming.
The new North Pier camera provides views around the bay including Mull, the Cathedral, Lismore, the Esplanade, and the Calmac Ferry Terminal, and has had more than 107,000 views – a massive rise.
Linda said: ‘The new camera went live in November and there has been a good increase in traffic with folk clearly enjoying the fabulous clarity and new views. Fingers crossed that our virtual visitors will dig deep once again.
‘Certainly the comments are very encouraging and I am confident we will reach the £2,500 target.’
Contributors have said: ‘These views make me smile with memories of amazing holidays and the hopes of more to come.’
Another added: ‘Love the Oban live cams. Such good quality. Thank you.’
Marcus and Anita of Bavaria, chipped in a generous donation of £50, saying: ‘We love Oban and the webcams. Hope we can go on vacation to Oban again soon. Keep up the good work and stay healthy.’