Tractor Ceilidh


Feet were tapping in Borve on Saturday when the Tractor Ceilidh, an event in aid of Enable Stornoway, raised over £600.00.

Roddy MacDonald from Plasterfield, parked up his tractor and stopped to play his melodeon at several stops in the village in the afternoon and Roddy’s CD Fasan a dh’ fhalbh was launched at a ceilidh in the Clan MacQuarrie Hall later that evening.

Roddy said: “I have always wanted to raise money for Enable, they have a very dedicated committee and work quietly in the background, providing activities and outings and helping the less able to get out and about in the community.

“I wanted to do a sponsored tractor run to Ness at first, but then I realised that a CD would be a good way to share the old style Danns’ a Rathaid melodeon tunes, which I was privileged to have learned from friends and neighbours in the 1980s.

“The Tractor Ceilidh took me to the village Fank and around some of the houses in Borve, with some very old melodeons dusted down for a tune. Then in the evening some of the Westside tractor enthusiasts took their vintage tractors along.

“I’d like to thank everyone who supported in the making of the CD and all those who came along to support the fundraising ceilidh in the Clan MacQuarrie Hall.”

A spokesperson for Enable Stornoway said: “The local Enable group was established thirty seven years ago and we currently have between sixty and seventy members and the group meets monthly in Ardsheileach Day Centre.

“We are very grateful to Roddy MacDonald for this donation as we are currently fund raising for a trip to Blairgowrie in 2013.”

Roddy MacDonald’s CD Fasan a dh’ fhalbh is available from the Stornoway Trust Office and The Woodlands Centre priced £10.00.