Mull and Iona Glas­gow As­so­ci­a­tion Ceilidh and Dance was huge suc­cess

The Oban Times - - Leisure -

It was the new era of the Mull and Iona Glas­gow As­so­ci­a­tion ceilidh and dance last Fri­day night when young­ster Ross Wil­son from Bunes­san and his team pre­sented the new com­mit­tee's first event – and what a night it was.

Prov­ing that the old and the new were still very much sup­port­ive of the event, for­mer chair­man Char­lie Kirk­patrick was MC for this event, the 151st Mull and Iona an­nual gath­er­ing.

At at 2am, when folks were mak­ing their way home, they were still laugh­ing at his su­perb an­tics as MC.

The event was filled with good friends and new char­ac­ters to meet.

The line-up of the more tra­di­tional con­cert saw su­perb per­for­mances from Mull and Iona Pipers, a well-suited Robert Robert­son, gold medal­list Carol MacLean, Man­ran's won­der­ful Ewen Hen­der­son, Hec­tor Mack­ech­nie (a gold medal­list from Locha­line) and win­ner of the Royal Na­tional Mòd song com­pe­ti­tion Anne Ben­nett from Dundee. At the end of the ceilidh, the large crowd sang

An t-Eilean Muileach and So­raidh Leibh is Oid­hche Mhath Leibh be­fore turn­ing the room around for the an­nual dance.

This year Scot­tish dance band of the year, Trail West, were head­lin­ing, and what a party was cre­ated.

Chair­man Ross Wil­son thanked ev­ery­one for the tremen­dous sup­port for the event, and for the mem­bers of all the other as­so­ci­a­tions who were in at­ten­dance at the event.

Ross said: ' We’re hope­fully go­ing to make more of a fea­ture of the Royal Na­tional Mòd song at gath­er­ings to come although the win­ner of this com­pe­ti­tion has al­ways been in­vited to sing their win­ning song at the gath­er­ing.

'Many thanks also go to our spon­sors In­ver­lussa Marine Ser­vices, a lo­cal busi­ness run by Ben Wil­son, and to those many peo­ple who do­nated raf­fle prizes from Mull, Iona and Glas­gow.

'Char­lie was pres­i­dent of the as­so­ci­a­tion for 11 years un­til he stepped down at the pre­vi­ous AGM. Char­lie is from Iona. He’s lived in Glas­gow for many years – worked in the po­lice in Glas­gow for more than 40 years – and is a well-known three row but­ton ac­cor­dion player.

' Known for his great jokes and MC ca­pa­bil­i­ties. He ded­i­cated a lot of his time to the as­so­ci­a­tion as pres­i­dent and still re­mains on the com­mit­tee to help steer it.

'A spe­cial men­tion was also made at the con­cert to all the other com­mit­tee mem­bers who stepped down at the AGM, in par­tic­u­lar the past of­fice bear­ers Hugh Len­nie (trea­surer) and El­iz­a­beth Gra­ham (sec­re­tary) for all their pro­fes­sion­al­ism, ded­i­ca­tion and hard work en­sur­ing a smooth tran­si­tion with their suc­ces­sors Alas­dair Mackel­lar (trea­surer from Bunes­san) and Ca­tri­ona Cur­rie (new sec­re­tary from Tober­mory with strong fam­ily con­nec­tions to Iona). 'Char­lie also made ref­er­ence at the con­cert to a num­ber of projects that Mull and Iona took in­ter­est in and do­nated to over the years, namely – the Ulva Ferry and Iona hous­ing projects.'

Ross con­cluded that this year was one of the busiest yet. He said: ' Thanks to the great at­ten­dance and raf­fle, we made a healthy profit this year which we will use to make more no­table do­na­tions to lo­cal char­i­ties and groups back on Mull and Iona. ' We are look­ing for­ward to next year al

ready.'

The dance floor in Glas­gow Univer­sity Union was full.

Ewen Hen­der­son, Maria MacInnes, John Robert­son, Amy Mac­don­ald and Iain MacMaster.

Carolyn Mac­Don­ald, Char­lie Kirk­patrick and Karen Gar­cia Lup­ton.

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