Nos­tal­gic birth­day bash in Moidart

The Oban Times - - News -

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.

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