A Visit to Balamory...

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  1. Photo4x4

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    Having visited Mull in May like most visitors to the island we ended up in Tobermory and stayed at Tobermory Campsite just outside the town.

    We liked Tobermory but were surprised to find that there was nothing made of the Balamory connection (Tobermory is where the children's TV programme Balamory was filmed for you without grandchildren or toddlers of your own) as we wanted to get some souvenirs for our grandchildren. Indeed there seemed to be no mention at all of Balamory which made us think that the town was missing out on a great promotional opportunity.

    With a lot of 'digging' we eventually found a small shop with some Balamory merchandise and having purchased a couple of things we enquired as to the paucity of such merchandise and lack of promotion of the Balamory connection.

    Here is what we were told.

    The BBC came along in 2002 - 2005 and filmed some outside scenes for a few weeks. They released associated merchandise for sale which local shops could stock. However some years ago the BBC decided that they would no longer licence such products so the supply dwindled and no more was available. The name Balamory is of course copyright and the BBBC will not sell licences for its use.

    So now that most of the old merchandise is sold and with the fact that the BBC will not licence any further use of the Balamory brand, that's it!

    I know that our grandchildren would love to visit 'Balamory' so I'm sure that there are thousands of others who would like to.

    The shop that still has some merchandise available is right at the end by the harbour but unfortunately I can't remember its name.

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    "What's the story in Balamory, would'nt you like to know" :)

    You can tell what I/my grandkids watched....
     
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    Now why didn't I think of that for the thread title? :D

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    PS... The shop was called "pockets and sweets" I think, well in the TV prog it was.. lol
     
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    Found it thanks to Google Maps Street View...

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    We've not been yet but it is on my places to visit list. A few friends had told me not to expect lots of hype. It's a shame the bbc are so strict with their licence as it could create so much money for the local community. Bloody minded jobsworth springs to mind!

    Lovely photo by the way
     
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    Another nice thing about Tobermory is that they will let you stay overnight in the car park and there are showers and washing machines as well. When we mentioned the "no camping" signs to the local tourist board information point (also in the car park) they just said "Och, ignore the blessed thing".

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    We had a Guest House in Oban when the show was being shown. It is correct that the BBC Would not grant licences for shops to sell merchandise. One young girl was so upset when the family returned, I went in to town, bought a white T shirt and coloured felt pens and did my own version of a Balamory shirt. It was worth it just to stop her crying, also lovely to see her smile.
    The BBC were so short sighted with regards to making money from the merchandise, this nonsense has been going on for years.
     
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