Twin Town Diary

A record of visits and other events arising from the twinning of Oban and Laurinburg.

1998

January 98

Karlynn Silkowski reaches Laurinburg and starts at SHS

First meeting for October - 13 students interested, plus two willing to host.

February 98

Two students drop out.

Gavin Donn asks to be considered for SHS in August. The request passed on by e.mail to John Batchelor, Henry Pankey, Beacham MacDougald, and Terry Parker.

April 6th

Plaid Day, in recognition of the role of Scots in the USA.

April 98

Private visits to Laurinburg

- Mr and Mrs T Laurenson

- Mr and Mrs J Still and daughter Mairi (going to see son Martin at SHS)

- Catherine MacGillivray, Oban Times

- Mrs Caroline Silkowski (to see daughter Karlynn at SHS)

- David Wright from Jura, and Patreena from Lochaline, stopping off on a round the world trip.

May 98

Sybil Sykes group arrives in Oban for an overnight stay in the Royal Hotel. This is a holiday group of 28 organised by Laurinburg Parks & Recreation Department. Their Scottish tour has been arranged to include Oban. Among the group are Anne Slaughter, Mayor of Laurinburg, and Sybil Sykes. A smal civic reception is arranged, and some of the group pack themselves into three cars for a whistle stop tour of Oban.

Private visit by Donnie MacDonald, and two friends

June 98

12 students from Scotland High arrive, with 3 accompanying teachers. A packed programme is enjoyed, but the trip is not without incident. One student is relocated at her own insistence.

August 98

Gavin Donn travels out to Laurinburg to spend a Senior year at Scotland High

Sept 98

David Durham arrives from Laurinburg, staying with the MacQueens

October 98

Oxland family visit USA, including Laurinburg. (A beach house made available to them by the Bullard family.)

Exchange group of 9 students, led by Mary MacLean, visit Laurinburg. The students are;

Simon

Cooper

Fiona

Dawson

Murray

Hamilton

Julie

MacLean

Stephen

Offord

Graeme

Parry

Kirsty

Waltho

Kwok Wai

Yip

Kirsty

Lamont

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