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Oban turns out in force to celebrate Charities Day and Queen’s 90th birthday

SATURDAY’S packed street party blending Oban Charities Day and the Queen’s official 90th birthday celebrations has been hailed as a great success, writes Sandy Neil.

Lord Lieutenant Patrick Stewart presented the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service to the Oban Winter Festival Committee. From left to right: Karen Mackie, David Smith, Pamela Lockhart, David Finlayson, Eleanor MacKinnon. The other members, not present, were Louis Barrow, Tara Coggins and Kyle Lockhart.

John Lloyd of Oban Lions Club, which organises Oban Charities Day, said many of the 46 charities present had reported their highest takings ever at the annual event.

Fundraising fun included a pirate treasure map from Spotlight MTG, splat the rat from Hope 2 Oban, Rotary of Oban’s spin the wheel, a tombola from Rockfield Centre masked as senior Royals, clowning around by the Royal Voluntary Service, and even crazy socks from the North Argyll Carers Centre. St Columba’s Primary School, dressed as Queen Elizabeth II and crew aboard the Royal Yacht Britannia, won best stall, followed by the Africa-inspired Pelandaba Orphan Fund, and the MS Therapy Centre.

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