Nicolson fashions enjoyed by full house

Dolina MacLennan and Ruairaidh MacIver in the No Mo Chuid Aodaich drama written by Alexander J MacLeod, Leurbost.
Dolina MacLennan and Ruairaidh MacIver in the No Mo Chuid Aodaich drama written by Alexander J MacLeod, Leurbost.

A FULL House, plenty of laughter and a substantial sum raised for local charity Crossroads Care was the result of the hugely successful Proiseact nan Ealan (PnE) and The Nicolson Institute school finale fashion show.

Na Mo Chuid Aodraich – the dual national awarding winning community show – presented the history of The Nicolson Institute and retained the project’s ethos of the training and engaging of young, talented locals.

A ne script was commissioned and debuted for the evening and actors and a director sourced from a pool of gifted islanders.

Alexander MacLeod of Lochs wrote the new script under the guidance of Chrisella Ross and Jayne MacLeod of Ness then went onto direct the play with the support and advice of Donald ‘Ryno’ Morrison, an old hand when it comes to staged Gaelic drama.

Over and above this were the young models who volunteered their services, mainly Nicolson Institute pupils who showed they were game for a laugh in their willingness to show off the clothing which had come in from the town and surrounding areas – something they did with poise and notable dedication.

PnE have had numerous letters and very positive feedback from the community regarding the involvement of the school pupils whose enthusiastic involvement were a credit not only to themselves but to their families, their school and their island.

The fabulous array of styles and history that was exhibited through the clothing, drama and community spirit made the evening a delight.

A heavy emphasis was placed on the history of the school in what was a joint project to commemorate a major chapter in it’s story: one set of doors closing in order for a new set to open in the new term.

A scrutiny of over a hundred years of log-books revealed many fascinating facts and stories which were woven into the delivery of the show.

Working in partnership with Crossroads Lewis in this, their 25th year, it was the aim of the project to raise funds for the charity which provides respite care for carers in their own homes, a service used by many and which operates at the heart of the community.

Close to £3,000 was raised from donations and a raffle held during the show, a significant amount and demonstrative of the support of the community to the work Crossroads put in throughout the island.

This brings the cumulative total of monies raised with the Na Mo Chuid Aodaich project to over £24,000.