District News: Butt to Barra 02.01.14

Katie Ann with Rev Calum Iain Macleod, Back

Katie Ann with Rev Calum Iain Macleod, Back

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100th Birthday celebrations for Katie Ann Macleod

There were celebrations recently at Dun Eisdean care home on Lewis where family and friends gathered to celebrate the 100th birthday of Katie Ann Macleod.

Katie Ann was converted and became a member at Back Free Church before the Second World War.

Minister Rev. Calum Iain Macleod was among those assembled tomark the special occasion.

Rev.Macleod said: “What a wonderful privilege to gather with Katie Ann, her relatives, friends, fellow residents and staff.

“Katie Ann is a bright Christian lady with a razor sharp memory.

“She always likes to be kept informed about happenings and developments in our congregation and denomination.

“We warmly congratulate Katie Ann on reaching such a marvellous milestone and wish her the Lord’s richest blessing.

“Special thanks to all staff at Dun Eisdeann for their generous hospitality.”

Following a short celebratory service of thanksgiving, gifts were presented to Katie Ann on behalf of the Back congregation.

Everyone then sang a hearty rendering of happy birthday before Katie Ann cut her birthday cake.

Refreshments were served and a lovely time of fellowship and banter was had by all.

NYOS call for Island lads

Violinist Alasdair Marnoch (16) and his brother Gavin (13), who plays the viola, were recently told they had been successful in their auditions for the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland.

Alasdair has been invited to join NYOS Senior Orchestra and Gavin the Junior Orchestra. Alasdair will be performing in concerts in Ayr and Edinburgh, Gavin’s will be in Glasgow and Perth.

Competition for places in the orchestras has been particularly fierce this year as they will be involved in a range of events in the run in to The Commonwealth Games. Gavin will take part in the World Premier of ‘Ludi’ – a celebration of the Commonwealth Games by Scottish Composer Peter Longworth. Alasdair will be taking part in the biggest event of the Commonwealth cultural celebrations in a work which los involves street theatre and acrobatics.

Neil Johnstone who has taught both boys said: “The boys being selected is a tribute to all their hard work. They each played demanding concerto movements for their auditions and it will be good for them to get the opportunity to play with other talented youngsters.”