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Successful Caithness Mòd

Issued: 28 Oct 2010

At the start of The Highland Council meeting today, Convener of The Highland Council, Sandy Park congratulated the Royal National Mòd organisers for a very successful event held in Caithness from 8 - 16 October.

He said: "I had the privilege, on behalf of The Highland Council, of welcoming the 1st ever National Mòd to the County of Caithness and attending the opening concert. The talent of all the performers was exceptional and there was a very vibrant atmosphere.

Locals and visitors took the opportunity to visit more than one hundred events and competitions throughout the week, and entertainers and competitors from solo musicians to pipe bands, local schools and community groups made the 107th Royal National Mòd a memorable occasion for Caithness."

Chairman of the Gaelic Committee, Councillor Hamish Fraser paid tribute to the work of everyone involved. He said: "Credit must go to the Local Mòd Organising Committee for hosting an outstanding event and our thanks to everyone involved for making it so memorable. The feedback from visitors, performers and organisers has been very positive, with all agreeing that this years event was a resounding success. Very positive comments have been made about the welcoming and friendly reception that the people of Caithness extended and this certainly was reflected in the festival atmosphere everyone was able to enjoy. I certainly provided a welcomed boost to local businesses at a traditionally quiet end of season time."

The Under 13 Folk Group Competition which was supported by both the Council and Fujitu, was won by Fèis Ghallaibh (Caithness) Junior Folk Group, and 3rd prize was awarded to Bun Sgoil Gàidhlig Inbhir Nis (Inverness Gaelic Primary School).

Vice Chairman of the Gaelic Committee, Councillor Isabelle Campbell echoed the praise of the hard work of everyone involved and gave her congratulations to all the performers. She said: "I was fortunate to be able to attend many of the competitions and fringe events and the standard of the performers was outstanding. I particularly found the Gaelic Church Service held in Pultneytown Church very moving and it was wonderful to see it so well attended. I was also pleased that Highland performers of all ages did so well and having HRH Prince Charles come to share the celebrations made it an extra special week. A high standard has been set for the next Highland Mòd which will take place in Inverness in 2014."

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