Local News for Monday 17th October 2016
Joyous start to Western Isles Mòd
Over a thousand people celebrated a joyous start to the Western Isles Mòd over the weekend, with a torchlight procession, concerts and praise services. Lewis Sports Centre was packed to capacity on Saturday night as 200 musicians, singers and dancers displayed a Hebridean showcase of talent, premiering new work by the specially convened Western Isles Traditional Orchestra, while offering a chance for the audience to enjoy old favourites by choirs, pipe bands and musicians of all kinds. Western Isles competitors did well in Saturday’s opening competitions in Stornoway and Linaclete, with some of the prizewinners performing as part of Saturday’s concert.
Sporting contests as part of the Mòd fringe saw Skye crowned winners of the Mòd shinty cup over Lewis, with a final score of 3-0. A Lewis and Harris Select football team took on Glasgow Island AFC, with Glasgow walking away winners 3-1 on penalties, after a 2-2 draw.
Read more: Local News for Monday 17th October 2016
Local News for Friday 14th October 2016
Mòd begins in blaze of torchlight
After three years of hard work and planning, the 113th Royal National Mòd begins tonight in a blaze of torchlight on the streets of Stornoway. The torchlight procession, heralding the start of nine days of competitions, events and performances, sets off this evening from Stornoway Town Hall at 6.45pm, led by the Lewis Pipe Band and following a route up Francis Street, along Matheson Road and Sandwick Road and into the Lewis Sports Centre Car park. The opening ceremony will later be held inside the sports centre, with music from Daimh and Mischa Macpherson. Competitions begin tomorrow morning at 9am in An Lanntair and Stornoway Town Hall, and at 10.30am in Sgoil Lionacleit, with musical instruments including pipes, chanters, fiddles and melodeons put through their paces by young competitors.
Read more: Local News for Friday 14th October 2016