Jubilant plans for platinum party time

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Platinum jubilee celebrations will be partying across the district next month.

Here is a taste of just some of what is planned so far.

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With Oban Charities Day returning for the first time since the pandemic, this year’s theme on Saturday June 4 will be all things and anything linked to the Queen’s milestone occasion.

Best stall and best in parade will be rewarded with prizes; everyone is encouraged to dress up if they can to join the procession starting from the Corran Halls at 1pm on the day.

Oban and Lorn Lions Club is also looking for volunteers to give its members a hand.

Oban Pipe Band will lead the parade and organisers want to hear from any groups, clubs or organisations which still want to take part in the procession or have a stall.

Email obanandlornlionsclub@gmail.com for an application form or directly message its Facebook page. Paper copies can also be picked up from the BID4Oban office in Stevenson Street, Monday to Friday 9am to 1pm.

More than 40 organisations from the town set up a marketplace and paraded through the streets on the last charities day in 2019, raising money for their own causes with some making more than £300 each.

Lions club president Jim Edge said: ‘For many groups and smaller charities local to our area this is their biggest fundraiser of the year, so let’s make it a great day.’

Easdale Primary School is having a garden party on June 1 inviting people to turn up wearing red, white and blue.

Plenty of fun and games, stalls and a royal photo trail are among attractions. Funds raised will go to the parent council’s school residential visit fund. A donation will also go to Seil Hall for the upkeep of the play park.

In Appin, the Airds Hotel is teaming up with the community to put on a garden party in aid of the Willie MacCorquodale Playing Field and the Port Appin Play Park.

The fun starts at 2pm, says Kelsey Johnstone, who is the hotel’s commercial and marketing manager.

‘The little park is somewhere all of our children play daily and feel safe, it is somewhere that we host our children’s birthday parties, kids have taken their first steps and friendships are made.

‘The playing field is named in memory of a local gent to the community and somewhere that we all gather for bonfire night and summer barbecues and hopefully for football matches in the future,’ added Kelsey.

Cullipool Village hall on Luing is hosting a Queen’s Jubilee afternoon tea from 3pm to 4.30pm on Sunday June 5; entry is by donation. There will also be a raffle.