The Neil Martin Memorial Trophy is awarded annually to a young person from Harris who has brought special credit to themselves or to the island.
The worthy recipient of this year’s award is talented young musician Corina Macinnes. Although only 15, multi-instrumentalist Corina – she plays guitar, harp, banjo, ukulele and is currently taking chanter lessons with a view to taking up bagpipes – already has an impressive range of musical credits.
Corina manages to balance her musical interests with her school work and consistently achieves quality grades. It is also worth mentioning that Corina has excelled at Highland dancing and has a large collection of medals and trophies to prove it!
At a small gathering of family and friends at the Harris Hotel, John Murdo Morrison sketched in the historical background to the trophy and entertained everyone with a variety of amusing anecdotes from the early history of HMIA, before presenting the trophy to a slightly bemused Corina, who had been led to believe she was going to the hotel for a family meal! Congratulations Corina – the best wishes of the whole community accompany you to Plockton!