Mystery donor hands Oban a £1,000 Valentine’s Day gift

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A mystery benefactor has swooped in on Valentine’s Day to share some love with the town of Oban.

‘Yorkshire Lassie’ went online on Sunday and handed over a whopping £1,000 towards a £2,500 appeal to pay for a new webcam at the Northern Lighthouse Board Pier – signing off with a kiss.

She wrote: ‘Missing this webcam. I need my morning and evening fix until we are all able to come back to visit and stay in your beautiful town. Hope this helps to get things up and running quickly x.’

The generous pledge along with other vital donations on Valentine’s Day of £10, £20 and £40 has now pushed the appeal to within £75 of its target, as of Monday, after less than a month of fundraising, with a total of 56 people contributing to the pot.

The appeal has been organised by Linda Battison, marketing director of the Oban and Lorn and Tourism Alliance (OLTA).

She commented: ‘My goodness I was not expecting such generosity – we are nearly there! Yorkshire Lassie will be very welcome in Oban – I hope she let’s us know when she’s visiting.’

Andrew Spence, BID4Oban’s chief executive, also declared the £1,000 pledge as amazing.

The webcam appeal is to provide the sophisticated equipment needed to show live streams of Oban’s beautiful seafront, which is visited by thousands of people every year on its website

The appeal to raise funds for the Northern Lighthouse Board Pier camera is on the JustGiving page at