Nostalgic birthday bash in Moidart
NOSTALGIA was in the air at a special birthday celebration in Moidart last month.
Maureen MacDonald’s 65th birthday was marked at a gathering in Mingarry Hall on April 22, which was also held in recognition of her input to the community over many decades.
Building the Clanranald Hotel from scratch in 1978, Maureen ran the business for more than 30 years up to her retirement.
Apart from supporting the tourism industry, the Clanranald was recognised as a hub of traditional music and culture with ceilidhs, dances, bingo, weddings, concerts and many other community activities held there. Maureen did all this while looking after her family.
A family friend said: ‘The question asked is, how on earth did she cope? Throw husband Fergie into the equation and the problem really gets complicated!
‘Maureen featured ‘ big time’ in the world of sport. She represented Scotland ladies clay target shooting team at international level in the mid- eighties and recorded a score of 295 from 300 – a brilliant score for a lady shooter.
‘The celebration in Mingarry Hall, was nostalgic to say the least. It was a ‘throw back’ to social nights in the hall in days gone by.
‘Addie Harper’s band from Wick were outstanding. Well done Maureen and congratulations.’
Maureen MacDonald celebrated her 65 birthday with family and friends on Saturday April 22.