LOVAT AND TULLIBARDINE & MARGRAT DUNCAN TROPHIES
Written by Archie Fergusson on 21/10/2016
We have so quickly come to the final day of competitions for this year, the area choirs will compete in the highly anticipated Lovat and Tullibardine Trophy and Margrat Duncan Memorial Trophy at the Lewis Sports Centre. Stornoway Town Hall will hold the ladies area choir competition and the Nicolson Institute will host the men’s competition.
The Fringe nears its end today as ‘Dol Fodha Na Grèine’ (The Going Down of the Sun) in Stornoway Town Hall looks at the triumphs and sorrows of the First World War. The presentation is delivered through the writings, photographs and artefacts of communities across the Isle of Lewis, from Ness in the North, to Ballantrushal further South. Leading Gaelic singers such as, Iain MacKay, Linda MacLeod and Arthur Cormack will perform songs from their home islands in a ‘Place of My Heart’ at An Lanntair. In the evening, festival goers will have the opportunity to dance the last night away at the Mòd Closing Ceilidh, taking place in An Lanntair, Stornoway.
The Massed Choir will assemble at Stornoway Town Hall tomorrow morning, before making its way to the Nicolson Institute for a final sing-a-long, before Mòd goers make for their flights and ferries home.
CalMac have also put on additional ferry crossings from Lewis on Saturday to accommodate the volume of traffic leaving Stornoway from the Royal National Mòd. Customers are advised to visit www.calmac.co.uk for more details.
John Morrison, Chief Executive of An Comunn Gàidhealach said:
“As we almost reach the end of our time here in the Western Isles, we can’t thank the Western Isles and the local organising committee enough for their hospitality. The level of competition across all age groups has been outstanding and I’m sure we’ll be seeing many familiar faces in Lochaber next year. It gives us great pleasure to finally be announcing a return to Inverness for 2020’s festival.”