Around Oban with Kay McDonald – 10.6.21

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By the time you read this Oban should be awash with colour and beauty as our flower baskets and troughs will be going up.

I always look forward to seeing them and this year is no exception – they cheer everything up, adding to the holiday and summer atmosphere of the town. This year the flowers in the troughs have been planted by the students at Argyll College, which we’re very grateful for.

It all adds to Oban looking really good at the moment, thanks to the wonderful volunteers from Keep Oban Beautiful who ensured we were ready for summer with their spring clean and planting at the Corran Halls.

Hope Kitchen also deserve a huge vote of thanks from all of us as every week volunteers are out cleaning the beaches or other parts of the town that need it. More bins have also been put up and hopefully this will encourage everyone to be more considerate with their rubbish.

Before Covid, I was always picking up rubbish as I passed it and putting it in the bin but I must admit that because of the pandemic I’m afraid to do that now and it kills me having to walk past litter.

This week in the office we’ve been talking about something else to make Oban look good, Christmas lights, and I must admit I’m very excited. I love everything about Christmas but especially the lights, which for the last few years have been underwhelming to say the least. But this year everything will be bigger, better and sparklier – something to look forward to.

The photograph last week was of what used to be a fountain in the monument in Argyll Square, this week’s is of something new.