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School nativities may have been cancelled again this Christmas due to the covid pandemic – see page 10 – but Oban’s Winter Festival brought festive cheer to the town last Friday,

The weekend saw the start of a 10-day programme of fun events culminating with a Tartan Dash, Haggis Hurling, Reindeer Parade and much, much more this weekend.

Last Saturday, in Oban’s recently opened £3 million Rockfield Centre, from left to right, St Columba’s Primary School pupil Abdul Riaz, who celebrates his seventh birthday soon, and seven year-old Robert Hodge, a pupil at Rockfield Primary School, crafted Christmas wreaths at the Art Explorers Oban group, which offers creative art sessions for children throughout the year.

Tonight (Thursday November 25) sees late night shopping for buying presents, followed by food and craft markets on Saturday, before choirs and candles in Glencruitten Church on Sunday.

Around sunset on St Andrews Day, Tuesday November 30, a Saltire will be seen high above Oban Bay, with McCaig’s Tower and the town  – or maybe a city by next year? – adding to the spectacular sky-scape.

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Caption: Left to right: Abdul Riaz and Robert Hodge made these beautiful Christmas wreaths in Oban’s revamped Rockfield Centre at the start of the Winter Festival, which runs until Sunday November 28.