Medal joy reward for night in car

Eilidh Allen spent the night with her mum in their car after getting lost while searching for Laxdale Caravan Park on Friday night.
Eilidh Allen spent the night with her mum in their car after getting lost while searching for Laxdale Caravan Park on Friday night.
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EILIDH ALLEN admits she would go to almost any lengths to participate at the Mod but sleeping overnight in a car next to a lighthouse is more extreme than most.

The teenager who is a student at Lews Castle College’s North Uist campus, got lost in the darkness with her mum Fiona as they searched for their campsite.

After a fruitless search, the fading light and tiredness after their long journey got the better of them and they bedded down for the night by the side of the road.

The very next day Eilidh was on stage at the Nicolson Institute to take part in the 13 to 18 years Fiddle Music Section where her epic journey and determination paid off as she clinched the bronze badge.

Eilidh laughed: “We were meant to be camping at the camp site but after coming over we couldn’t find it. We were so tired at that stage too as we had travelled up from North Uist and we decided to give up looking, park the car at the side of the road and sleep there.

“I don’t even know exactly where we were but we were next to a lighthouse so we decided to stop there.

“It was just me and my mum who were in the car. I think we passed the camp site today (Saturday) but it was so warm in the car we’ve decided to stay in it again tonight.

“It was warm, much more so than a tent, and it wasn’t the first time I’ve slept in a car so it was no problem. It is always interesting.

“I love the Mod. I took part in the local Mod’s before and this is my second national Mod.”