Homecoming News: Oban Hogmanay

Item Posted: Saturday 27th December, 2008


Argyll and Bute’s Official Start:

A ‘Chilli’ night in Oban

Every reader will have their own idea of the ideal Hogmanay celebration: a dinner with family and friends; watching Hogmanay Hoot on BBC with Jackie Bird, Phil and Aly; going to the Village Hall Ceilidh; or a local hotel venue may grab your fancy.

But if ‘big is beautiful’ is your idea of fun you should think about joining Argyll’s biggest street party of the year. Argyll and Bute’s official opening of Homecoming Scotland 2009 starts a few hours before 2009’s kick off with a massive celebration in Oban.

The Oban Hogmanay Homecoming Street Party, where 8000 locals and visitors are planned for, is organised by the volunteers of Oban’s enthusiastic Community Group, led by Event Director and Councillor Neil Mackay, with help from many local organisations and individuals.

Booking the Red Hot Chilli Pipers, against stiff opposition from many main urban areas is likely to be a feather in Argyll and Bute’s cap and a big draw for the crowds. Since forming the RHCP have played in Dunoon at the Cowal Gathering, and most recently at the St. Andrews Day Tourism Awards run by the Dunoon and Cowal Marketing Group. If you missed these Cowal events, or want to see them again, Oban is the place to be on 31st December!

The RHCP, winners of Live Act of the Year 2007 at the Scots Traditional Music Awards, are joined by Skerryvore from Tiree, who blend traditional Scottish music with kicking rhythms of guitar, bass and drums. Just as entertaining will be the Oban Homecoming Gaelic Choir formed by members of Oban High School, Taynuilt and Oban Gaelic Choirs.

There will, of course, be a mesmerising fireworks display - by the Oban Fireworks Team - that will bring in the New Year at the stroke of midnight.

Event Director & local Councillor Neil Mackay clearly wants everyone to enjoy themselves: “Last year’s inaugural Oban Hogmanay was an amazing success and Oban is delighted to be joined by such wonderful acts at this year’s event. As the event will launch the Argyll & Bute Year of Homecoming Scotland 2009, we invite Scots & ex-pats from all over the UK and the world to come home to Oban to join in the Hogmanay celebrations.”

If you haven’t booked your Hogmanay Celebrations yet you should check this event out. More info on www.obanhogmanay.co.uk

Mark Morpurgo

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