Around Oban with Kay McDonald – week 26

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After all the weeks and months of preparation for Oban International Shanty Festival, it is now over and I’m already looking forward to next year. The music and people exceeded my expectations completely, I danced, laughed and cried, met some truly lovely people and discovered I know more Shanties than I thought I did.

If you didn’t make it along there’s always next year and fear not, we still have lots of things to look forward to in the meantime.

It wasn’t just the Shanty Festival that had Oban buzzing at the weekend, Markie Dans had its very successful annual music festival, with some excellent young bands, RNLI and Oban Airport also had their open days which attracted lots of people, and despite the forecast on Saturday it turned out to be a great day for attending all the events Oban had to offer.

Looking forward to July, we have lots on offer at the Corran Halls from Funbox, for the children, to Simon and Garfunkel – Through the Ages and Ireland! The Show.

There’s lots of good stuff coming to the cinema, too. I’m really looking forward to the new Minions film and Lightyear, the new Toy Story film. I’m a big kid at heart. For the more mature among you, I can recommend Jurassic World and after hearing how good Top Gun is I’ve been persuaded to see it, too, and I’m intrigued by a film called Seaweed Shrapnel, a sci-fi film which was filmed in this area.

Lots to keep us entertained, no matter the weather.

The photograph last week was of Joe, the other Town Ambassador, and this week, another familiar local face.