At Random, with Martin Laing -28.4.22

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Positively inspiring

Hmm. Where to start?

I found my spirits lifted significantly while reading last week’s Oban Times, such was the level of positivity being reported from across our communities.

There was a story detailing Oban’s promotion at no less than New York’s famous Tartan Day Parade as Roddy McCuish, his family and sundry other Obanites on holiday in the city bore the town’s banner through the streets.

In sport, there was the astonishing finish to the rugby season by Oban Lorne men’s team, who rattled in no fewer than 101 points as they thrashed Uddingston in the league.

Oban Saints’ second string also notched up a win, and Taynuilt motor racer Jodie Sloss continued to make progress. And Oban’s very successful Parkrun was in the news again as North Connel’s Liz Parkes ran her 150th event.

Perhaps most inspiringly for me personally, however, was a piece about local radio station Oban FM moving to its new home in the town’s refurbished Rockfield Centre. This is, after all, a good news story on more than one level.

Rather obviously, it is great that Oban FM has a new base in the town centre, making it easily accessible for everyone.

On a more general note, though, it is brilliant news for the unbelievably hard-working team of people responsible for the renaissance of the Rockfield.

Until fairly recent times, the former school was falling into decrepitude, and may well have faced demolition. As many of you will know, however, an amazing campaign was begun to restore and renovate the kenspeckle building and make it once again an integral centrepoint of the town. The new accommodation of Oban FM into the premises is well deserved endorsement of that endeavour and ambition.

Finally, and perhaps on one level least, was the news of resurfacing work on the A85 west of Tyndrum and due to finish tomorrow (Friday). This week will be frustrating for drivers but the road is in poor condition and these improvements will be most welcome and worth the temporary disruption,

What a week!

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