Around Oban with Kay McDonald – Thursday September 16

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Autumn is definitely in the air now but thankfully we had a last blast of summer on Thursday when we welcomed the cruise ship Silver Spirit to Oban.

What a fabulous day it was, the weather seemed to have been laid on specially and everyone who came ashore was delighted to be here – as delighted as we were to welcome the first ship in a very long time.

Although things were a little more socially distanced than usual, it was so nice to be able to say ‘Welcome to Oban’ to people again. My directing skills weren’t as rusty as I feared they might be. I still knew my left from my right and managed to get people to Glencruitten Golf Club and on the road up to the tower. I’m looking forward to the next two visits before the season ends and just hope the weather holds out a while longer.

We’ve other things to look forward to this autumn, the Corran Halls is busy almost every weekend with shows and concerts. Personally, I can’t wait to see Peat & Diesel and Del Amitri, fingers and toes are crossed that we don’t have any more cancellations.

Oban Phoenix Cinema also has a full schedule for this month, including a showing of National Theatre’s Romeo and Juliet. They will also be one of the venues for this year’s Oban Pride, which is taking place on the 25th of this month in four separate venues around the town.

They’re asking shops and businesses to decorate their windows and premises again this year and I’m really looking forward to the splash of colour it brings to Oban just at a time when it’s starting to get darker.

The photograph last week was of the distillery. This week, who knows, sometimes not even me!