Street festival in Oban a success

Andy Laird (left) with some of those who took part in the Oban Street Festival on Saturday.

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A pop-up Oban Street Festival took place on Saturday and drew nearly 20 local vendors, music and fast cars to the town’s Bridge Cafe.

Oban’s Andy Laird, of 112 Events and 97p Productions, which organised the independent event, declared it a success.

Andy, 35, said: ‘It has taken about a month of preparation and the idea stemmed from coming out of lockdown and supporting businesses that are struggling, that can only have two or three people on their premises at any one time, and providing an environment for safe social distancing.’

Vendors Tobermory Bakery rapidly sold out its entire stock of 350 doughnuts. Owner Claire Noble said: ‘We could easily have sold more. A lot of people came down, the weather was good and if they do it again, we’d definitely come back.’

New independent streetwear business No 9 Clothing out of Prestonpans, also travelled across from Edinburgh to launch a new range. Co-owners Daniel Hogg and Tony Ip said the festival was ‘brilliant’.

Daniel said: ‘It was about getting our name out there and we can’t thank Andy enough for the opportunity in such a beautiful place as Oban on such a beautiful day.’

Among those taking part were Oban’s DJ Paul Harv3y, who provided the music, and local car valeters, Detailing on Wheels. A string of high-performance modified cars, drawn from Falkirk, Kilmarnock, Inverness and Fort William, also turned heads.

The street festival was also an opportunity to buy tickets for the upcoming Oban Comedy Festival in June, which has been organised by 112 Events.