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Why can’t this event be given more advance …

Comment posted 2012 Scottish Islands Peaks Race Oban to Troon – just finished by Norman Martin.

Why can’t this event be given more advance publicity to promote public interest? The start from Oban is always worth watching, even without the Pharos!

Norman Martin also commented

  • It looks as if the Oban Times has applied the telescope to the blind eye because I see no report of this major event whatsover in today’s issue.
    Well done For Argyll for your excellent coverage.

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    ‘We will be announcing our plans for the procurement of the next contract soon and we can assure local communities, ferry users and the service providers that, as well as Parliament, they will be among the first to be informed of our final decision.

    ‘By the end of this, we will fulfil our promise to publish the Final Ferries Plan and this provide a blueprint for improvements to ferry services across the country. This plan will set down the foundation for a programme of investments that clearly demonstrates our commitment to our island communities and to the ferries serving them.’ This is entirely consistent with this week’s announcement, so I don’t understand what you are asking me to account for.

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