Double celebration turned McCaig’s Tower brilliant blue for Mary’s Meals

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McCaig’s Tower was lit Mary’s Meals blue on Saturday night in a double celebration for the Dalmally-based charity.

The illumination marked last month’s announcement that Mary’s Meals is feeding two million children in 19 countries around the world every school day, and proclaimed the start of World Porridge Day – an annual event raising awareness about the charity’s work.

Local volunteers gathered to watch as blue lights lit up the Oban landmark just after sunset, and enjoyed oaty flapjacks, a nod to the fact that porridge is the food served to children at many of Mary’s Meals’ global projects.

The themed lighting of the Oban tower – from Saturday evening until the early hours of Sunday morning – also became the first UK event on this year’s World Porridge Day, which takes place annually on October 10.

Other supporters, including TV star Ferne McCann, marked the occasion by sharing photographs of their porridge-themed creations on social media, and decorating their breakfast with a ‘porridge smile’ to reflect the impact Mary’s Meals can have on children’s lives.

‘In Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe, the children at Mary’s Meals’ projects are normally served steaming mugs of porridge enriched with vitamins to help them learn and grow. That’s why we celebrate World Porridge Day – we know porridge has the power to change lives,’ said John Peterson, who organised the Oban event.

‘We were delighted to see the tower turn beautiful blue in support of Mary’s Meals – it looked wonderful – and the fact that the town put on a show to coincide with the start of World Porridge Day, made it all the more magical.’