The Rotary Club of Oban in partnership with the Crerar Trust put on their annual Oban and Lorn District Seniors Citizens Christmas lunch ("OLDS") at the Oban Bay Hotel on Monday, 10th December and as usual a full house was in evidence.
The Oban Bay Hotel is part of the Crerar Hotels Group and the Trust fully fund the cost of the lunch with Oban Rotary having responsibility for organising the event which also includes individual Rotarians acting as taxi drivers taking attendees to and from the event. The lunch was compeered by Rotary President Iain Mac Intyre who, in his opening remarks, wished happy birthday to Betty Paxton who will be 106 on 30th December this year. Our first picture shows Betty with Santa Claus and the second a glimpse of the overall audience.
Entertainment was provided by Neil Mackay and Michael Garvin on drums and accordion respectively with Clair Jordan as their vocalist. Raffle prizes were provided by Ian (Gilla) MacInnes of D and A Munn and Tommy McQuade of Morham and Brochie, two well known local concerns.
Santa was once again in the disquished form of Phil White who gives unstintingly to local events at Christmas time.
It was generally agreed that a good time was had by all; indeed many saying on leaving that this was the most enjoyable with all concerned looking forward to next year. In his final remarks, President Iain paid tribute to the warmth shown by the management and staff at the Oban Bay Hotel towards this event along with recognising the contributions of veterans Graham MacQueen and Frank Walton, who as it happens are also Rotarians but have been involved with the "OLDs" for many a year.