The Rotary Club of Oban held it's annual Christmas Carol Concert at the Corran Halls on Sunday, 18th December and, as usual, a large audience was in attendance.
The cornerstone of the event was the local Bach Orchestra, under the leadership of Norman Nicholson, who led the community singing of several well known Christmas carols. The Oban Bach Orcherstra was supported by choirs from Lochnell, Dunbeg and Rockfield primary schools, who all performed unique renditions of the Christmas theme, as did The Sequence Choir, Oban Community Singers and indeed "The Spotlight Boogies" quartet who were the surprise package in what was altogether a great variety show. All concerned are to be complemented on the standard of their performances and the large audience expressed their appreciation of this in the usual way at the end of each act.
Opening and closing prayers were offered by Rev Dugald Cameron and readings were delivered by members of Oban Rotary and the "Head Boy" and "Head Girl" of Oban High School. Santa, who appeared at the end of the concert amid a "snow storm", was well received by the youngsters present. The concert was warmly chaired by Oban Rotary President Graham Fraser, who emphasised the importance of everyone working together.
It was generally agreed that this was one of the "best ever" Christmas carol concerts, emphasising as it did the value of community involvement.
Entry to the concert was by way of a donation and the sum of £652.70 was raised which is to be split equally between Children 1st and the Erskine Hospital.
Convener PP Iain MacKinnon with some of his "helpers" at the end of another successful Christmas Carol Concert.