South Uist

The Oban Times - - Districts -

CEÒLAS Uib­hist is ap­peal­ing for votes as it strives for na­tion­wide ac­claim on BBC One in this year’s Na­tional Lot­tery Awards.

The project beat off com­pe­ti­tion from more than 600 or­gan­i­sa­tions to reach the pub­lic vot­ing stage in this year’s awards which is search­ing for the UK’s favourite lot­tery-funded projects.

South Uist-based Ceòlas is com­pet­ing against six other projects to be crowned the win­ner of the Her­itage cat­e­gory.

The win­ner of the cat­e­gory re­ceives a £ 3,000 cash prize to spend on their project, as well as a na­tional lot­tery tro­phy and the chance to at­tend a star-stud­ded awards cer­e­mony in Lon­don, which is broad­cast on BBC One in Septem­ber.

Ceòlas Uib­hist is an an­nual week-long mu­sic and dance school which cel­e­brates Gaelic her­itage in South Uist.

Mary Sch­moller, from Ceòlas, said: ‘We have ap­plied for the lot­tery fund sev­eral times and haven’t been suc­cess­ful, but this year we hit a pos­i­tive.

‘If we get the money it would help to im­prove the qual­ity of what we of­fer on our sum­mer course. We would like for a pro­fes­sional to run our sound sys­tem for the week and have more money to ad­ver­tise what we do. We are up against se­ri­ous com­pe­ti­tion but they are all very dif­fer­ent to us, so we are hop­ing we can win it.’

Iain Mac­Don­ald, artis­tic di­rec­tor of Ceòlas Uib­hist, added: ‘ We’re de­lighted to have reached the fi­nals of the na­tional lot­tery awards. Lot­tery money has re­ally helped us to run our sum­mer school each July. It’s easy to vote, so we’re hop­ing peo­ple sup­port us.’

Vot­ing closed yes­ter­day, July 20, and Ms Sch­moller said they should hear in Au­gust if they have won.

CEÒLAS Uib­hist’s an­nual sym­po­sium cel­e­brat­ing sig­nif­i­cant South Uist peo­ple, places, events and tra­di­tions will take place at the end of the month. This year’s event, Tìr tha

Tait­neach, will run from July 24-26 and will fo­cus on the vil­lages of How­beg, How­more and Snishival.

There will be a whole host of ac­tiv­i­ties and events such as walks, talks, con­certs and ceilidhs, spin­ning demon­stra­tion and song classes.

Those who at­tended a Ceòlas sum­mer school en­ter­tained with a mu­si­cal con­cert.

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