McCaig’s Tower blue as lights fail to go green

© Phil Hatfield

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Technical problems halted last night’s plan to turn the lights green at McCaig’s Tower.

The landmark had been planned to change colour on the last day of March after a staggering month of fundraising by around 40 members of staff from CalMac.

However, despite repeated attempts to fix the problem last night and experts being called out, issues with the electricity supply to the lights and the lights themselves, thwarted the spectacle.

Sadly, the tower was reduced to what one onlooker described as a ‘bluey floodlit tinge.’

The spectacle had been planned to recognise both the colour of the ribbon for mental health and Megan Baillie, a 22-year-old CalMac employee, who continues to recover at a specialist hospital and inspired the ‘Megan’s Miles’ fundraising challenge.

Colleagues had gathered at the tower and down in Stafford Street hoping for the switch on, which is now expected to be rearranged for a later date.

Overnight, the appeal launched on Just Giving by Oban’s Nicola MacKechnie, of Calmac, to raise money for the Scottish Association for Mental Health, broke through the £11,000 barrier after an original target of just £2,500.

The appeal remains open at

And to show how McCaig’s Tower could have looked last night, Philip Hatfield, an Oban resident and retired professional photographer who had gone along with wife Anna, kindly provided these artist’s impressions!

© Philip Hatfield
© Philip Hatfield
Anna Hatfield at McCaig’s Tower.
© Philip Hatfield