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One of my favourite things when trawling the internet is coming across old photographs and videos of Oban – ones from the late 1800s to those from the 1980s, which doesn’t seem that long ago until I look at the photographs and see the fashions.
So much of the town has remained unchanged, with our beautiful Victorian villas and grand hotels topped by the crown of McCaig’s Tower. It’s a shame that the old railway station is no longer here. In my memories it was filled with light and flowers, but despite its loss Oban is still a well preserved Victorian town with lots of new features to enhance the old.
I love that Oban has embraced café culture in such a big way, with the improvements to Stafford Street meaning so many more people can make use of it and enjoy the fantastic views. Apparently that area of Stafford Street used to be called George Square, perhaps it would be nice to go back to the original name now that it’s not really a street anymore.
Speaking of old Oban, I’m delighted to see Chalmers reopened with some of the same lovely ladies and a few new friendly faces. Although not the same business it’s still called Chalmers and I thoroughly enjoyed my wee browse round and the nice welcome we got – always the most important thing when you go into a business.
The photograph last week was of the top of the entrance to the Whisky Vaults beer garden, which I really like. This week it’s one of my favourite things to watch.