Platinum Jubilee joy

Cheers to The Queen at Katrina Flannigan's family lunch

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Celebrations marking The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee spread across the district this weekend.

From street parties and afternoon teas, to lighting beacons and swimming in the sea wearing homemade crowns, Oban and outlying areas marked the occasion in a host of ways.

Oban and Ganavan Heritage Group organised try-a-crown fun out at Ganavan Sands
Oban High School’s Eco group tree planting ceremony for The Queen’s Canopy project
A lone beacon burns in Glen Lonan
Teresa Russell with the certificate she was awarded aged four at a Coronal street party in Wales
Tourists Sabine Weber and Konstantin Klein admire the Argyll Square latest postbox topper
Euan Gordon tries on treasures at Ganavan as part of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations organised by Oban and Ganavan Heritage Group

Oban High School’s Eco Committee were proud to take part in the Queen’s Green Canopy Project and invited special guest Jane MacLeod, The Lord Lieutenant of Argyll and Bute, to join them for a small tree planting ceremony. With help from Science Technician Lee Murray the group have already planted a number of fruit trees and decorative trees in the school grounds.

Out at Ganavan, youngsters were invited to try on all sorts of crowns from Robert The Bruce treasures to a Coronation crown and even a crown fit for a Queen Bee. The fun was the idea of Oban and Ganavan Heritage group who were also fundraising for the wartime mural in the main car park.

Teresa Russell on Nant Drive was happy to show the certificate she was presented as a four-year-old after attending a street part on the Queen’s Coronation back home in Wales.

She was Teresa Howell in those days and has treasured the parchment certificate all these years – but also remembers being in tears because they spelled her surname wrong, adding an ‘s’ to Howell.

Kirsty MacKenzie did the town proud with her fancy crocheted postbox topper in Argyll Square, winning lots of admiring glances from passers-by.

On the Isle of Seil, the community put on a feast in the island hall, lit a beacon on the beach and Bluetits of Dunearn sea swimmers went for a splash in the waves all wearing their hand-made crowns.

Out in Glen Lonan, a lone beacon shone out into the darkness.

Katrina Flannigan from Glencruitten Rose served up a special lunch for all her family who turned out in their best red, white and blue finery for the occasion.