Around Oban with Kay McDonald

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Two of my favourite places have just reopened or are in the process of opening this week and I’m delighted.

Oban Phoenix Cinema reopened on Friday May 21 and tomorrow, Friday May 28, Oban War and Peace Museum opens again.  I’m so glad the museum is back – I thoroughly enjoy a wee tour round the museum every couple of months because there’s always something I never noticed before.

It’s starting to feel much more normal around the town with the traffic building up again. I never thought I would be happy about that but I am. The streets are starting to fill up as visitors return and very welcome they are too.  We also have two new businesses to welcome to the town, with the opening of Sapphire Hairdressers on Albany Street and Highland Fold Ice-Cream in Gibraltar Street. It’s inspiring to have so many businesses opening or set to open after the dreadful year so many people have had.  Good luck to them all. It’s up to us to make sure that they have plenty of support as they open along with all our usual fabulous shops, cafes and restaurants.

A wee reminder about Oban International Shanty Festival on June 5. This year’s online event is a precursor to the live event which is already being planned for next year.  Tickets for this year are available at Eventbrite and the links are on the LoveOban Facebook page and Oban Town Diary Facebook page. It’s going to be a great night and a fabulous event next year.

If you need a taste of sea shanties look for a film called Fisherman’s Friend, it will have you hooked.

Last week’s photograph was of the pirate onboard the Purple Heather and this week’s is also sea related.