Oban fireworks will still be a blast – Covid depending

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Oban’s Hogmanay fireworks will still go with a bang, say organisers BID4Oban.

Despite tougher restrictions limiting all outdoor events to 500 people from December 26, the Oban light show will go ahead because of its spread-out spectators with many traditionally watching the event from their own gardens and doorsteps.

‘We’ve decided we will go ahead as things stand at the moment. We will stick to current guidance and if that changes then we will have to change our plans too,’ say Bid’s Kay MacDonald.

Last year’s fireworks were called off due to Covid restrictions so BID4Oban is keeping fingers-crossed the town’s end of year celebration will be a safe, socially-distanced blast. The organisation is footing this year’s fireworks bill itself and a lot of hard work has gone on behind the scenes.

‘There are people who turn out from the pubs on the front to watch the fireworks but it is not big numbers and lots of people stay at home to watch them from their own gardens so it is not a gathering of 500 people or more.

‘Of course we’d ask any one on the Esplanade to stay safe and socially-distanced,’ added Kay.