Poppy tribute has it covered at Ganavan

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Organisers of a remembrance tribute at Ganavan are inviting people to come and help cover a World War II slipway with poppies.

Oban and Ganavan Heritage Group swept the slipway clear off seaweed and laid their own giant poppy to start it off just before today’s minute of silence.

Everyone is welcome to go and lay down their own bio-degradable poppies anytime from now until the end of Remembrance week, says organiser Jane Terris.

The high tideline has been marked out so poppies won’t be washed away.

‘We’re hoping people will secure their poppies with a stone so they don’t blow away and we’re asking that they are made of paper or cardboard and not plastic. At the end of the week people can come and collect them or I will remove any that are left and dispose of them responsibly,’ added Jane.

This Saturday November 13 two members of Oban Wild Swimmers will collect  Oban and Ganavan Heritage group’s wreath from a boat out in the bay and bring it back to shore where waiting youngsters will take it to the war memorial near the white houses.

‘The slipway at Ganavan was the gateway to the Battle of the Atlantic during World War II, flying boats would come in and out – although some never returned, explained Jane.

At that time, the whole area of the car park was a RAF base for the repair and maintenance of the flying boats.

‘It’s a very important site. It was a direct line from Oban to the Battle of The Atlantic,’ said Jane.

The flying boats were huge craft, the heritage group plans to eventually put a life-size outline of one of the craft on the surface of the car park to show people just how big they were.

‘It would be a fantastic tribute to what happened here in World War II,’ she said.

From 10am on Saturday families are also being asked to come and help draw poppies on top of the slipway and its walls with red chalk.

The plan is to take aerial photos as a keepsake, says Jane.

Archie and Mo Dudgeon will be taking to the air in their red Waco biplane from North Connel to perform a flypast as part of the commemoration event.

To find out more, go to Oban and Ganavan Heritage facebook page


Caption: Poppy tribute at the World War II Ganavan slipway with Oban and Ganavan Heritage Group membersjane Terris, Neil Owen, Archie and Mo Dudgeon.