Oban Mòd and Charities Day – it is great to be back

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Oban will be buzzing this weekend when it hosts two of the year’s biggest events on the town’s calendar.

Charities Day and the Oban Mòd will take over the town with junior Mod competitions starting tomorrow, Friday June 3.

Ann Ferguson said the number of entries show competitors have missed performing live at the Mòd and it is great to be back.

‘Having had to hold virtual Mòds, Comunn Gàidhealach an Òbain is delighted to be looking forward to seeing competitors in a normal Mòd setting and if the numbers of entries indicates anything, it shows that young Mòd goers have missed the opportunity to get together and are keen to be performing again.

‘Competitors are coming from the Oban area, Mid Argyll, Appin, Fort William, Lismore, Mull and from as far away as Crieff – and that is just for the Junior section on Friday,’ she said.

All junior competitions are being held in the Corran Halls, Cathedral Halls and Scout Hall, with competitions starting at 9.30am.

The Mòd Committee will be welcoming upwards of 130 competitors to enjoy conversation, poetry, story telling, singing and taking part  in chanter, piping, fiddle and accordion competitions and all of this against a backdrop of posters designed by local schools and Gaelic prose written by young people in the area.

‘As expressed by so many of the children and adults – it’s great to be back,’ added Mrs Ferguson.

Saturday’s adult competitions will be at Oban High School.

Mrs Ferguson said: ‘It is very encouraging to see that 10 soloists have entered plus three choirs. The spoken word competitions run alongside the singing, with adults entering conversation, poetry and prose competitions.

‘Competitors are coming from Oban and surrounding  areas of Argyll plus Dunoon, Mid Argyll , Mull, Glasgow, Edinburgh and other parts of Scotland.

‘It makes for a very enjoyable day and the committee welcome everyone who has made the effort to come.’

Saturday’s competitions start at 9.30am with parking  available at the high school.

Charities day also returns this Saturday with a street fair and parade from noon until 4pm.

The theme for this year is the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, with the parade leaving Corran Halls at 1pm.

BBC Scotland presenter Joy Dunlop, from Connel, will also be putting in an appearance on the day.

Prizes will be presented to the best in parade and to the best-dressed stall.