Laurinburg items in Oban.
In October 1995, the Oban group visiting Laurinburg were presented with a flag. It is the flag of North Carolina, and we were asked to accept it on behalf of 'the city of Oban'. That flag has bow been handed over to Argyll & Bute Council, and is in Albany Chambers (the old Town hall) in Albany Street. The flag is flown when groups of Laurinburg visitors (for example the Scotland High School exchange group) are known to be in Oban.
There are three other items in Albany Chambers.
One is a flag of Scotland County (of which Laurinburg is the County seat).
The second is a glass suncatcher which shows the linked rings emblem of the Oban - Laurinburg link. It hangs in a first floor window and can be seen from the other side of the road.
The third item is a picture of the State Capitol building in Raleigh, provided and presented by Representative Doug Youngue, with the wish that it be placed 'where it can be seen by the people of Oban'.
In October 96,Laurinburg's Veterans of Foreign Wars presented a friendship plaque, which commemorates the hospitality shown by he people of Oban to US servicemen during World War 2. It was stressed that this should be placed 'where young people may have the opportunity to see it, and be reminded of the need to avoid future wars'. The plaque is therefore displayed in Oban High School during the winter months, and forms part of the 'Oban at War and Peace' exhibition during the summer.
Oban and Laurinburg Rotary clubs were instrumental in forging the link between the two communities. Each club has a momento of their efforts. Oban Rotary presented Laurinburg Rotary with a large photograph of Oban, which hangs in the foyer of the hotel where Laurinburg Rotary meet. In return, Oban Rotary were presented with a framed picture representing Scotland County, which now hangs in the McCaig room of Oban's Regent Hotel.
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