Around Oban with Andrew Spence – February 4

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It’s good to have had some reasonable weather over the last week to enable people to get out walking round the town.

And there is more good news on the horizon this week, with the news that Ganavan Toilets are reopening from this weekend.

Thanks to the powers of Facebook, a group of volunteers have come forward to open and close the toilets at weekends. A great indication of what can happen in a community when likeminded individuals come together.

As I write this piece, I have received a telephone call from a local resident, who wished to remain anonymous, offering a donation of £300 to cover the users agreement between BID4Oban and Argyll and Bute Council. It is incredible the generosity of some people.

Also encouraging is seeing the Friends of Ganavan group achieve more than 3,000 followers on Facebook, which indicates the passion there is locally to see Ganavan used and maintained for not only the residents of Oban but all our visitors throughout the year.

It is still strange to walk through the town and pass all the shops and businesses locked up. We need to ensure that when the time comes, we are all there for them and make sure we are shopping locally.

As always there are businesses operating under various lockdown conditions and remaining open. Hats off to you all. We greatly appreciate what you are doing.

Last week’s was taken in Gibraltar Street. This week’s is fairly easy!