Around Oban with Andrew Spence – Thursday March 25

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Good news last week about the easing of lockdown.

In the coming weeks we will see a welcome return to some sort of normality.

From speaking to some of our local hairdressers, they are all getting booked up with lots of hair to cut, colour and trim after almost four months. It will be a much-deserved boost to our local economy.

We will then see a start to some non-essential retail and some hospitality opening up, and I am sure there will be huge pent-up trade. Most of the resumption to normal will not be until after Easter.

It is great to sees plans coming together for the Oban Spring Clean lead by Keep Oban Beautiful and supported by BID4Oban and Argyll and Bute Council. This campaign has been highly popular over the years and many people and communities have tidied up their own areas across the surrounding villages. It is amazing the amount of litter that accumulates and this spring clean goes some way to ensuring the area looks its best. A few hours of community working can make a huge difference. This is the second lockdown spring clean to take place so good luck to everyone.

If you have not ordered your afternoon teas for Easter weekend you had better get a move on! I see lots of the slots are booking up very quickly. Hopefully with some good weather these can be enjoyed alfresco.

Last week’s photograph was the exterior of Hamish Hoey and Sons Ltd on Stevenson Street. But what about this week’s?