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2nd Anniversary Celebrations - La Paidheadh an Deich Ceud Mile

Well, its the day after Payback Day.  Heads are sore, legs are tired and we're all very, very happy.  The day was a resounding success, from Lesley Riddoch broadcasting her Radio Scotland lunchtime show live from Gigha, to the raising of the new flag, to the speeches and the ceilidh in the hall - we celebrated a truly remarkable achievement of paying back £1 million in two years.

They say a picture paints a thousand words, so here goes ...

Craft 1 Folk wandered around the new Gigha Heritage Craft Shop, painstakingly prepared by Nicola Macaulay Smith in the week before.  All the goods on sale are also available on this site ...  
  including the specially designed Gigha Tartan printed onto the superb Tain pottery. Craft 2
Lesley Riddoch 1 Lesley Riddoch presented her Radio scotland show live from Gigha.  She has a reputation as being a bit harsh on her interviewees, but the folk of Gigha gave as good as they got!  
  As this was taken, Lesley was in full flow, speaking straight form Gigha - LIVE!!!  How weird was that? Lesley Riddoch 2
Lesley Riddoch 3 The Gighachs were queueing up to join in the debate on community ownership.  John Martin, carpenter, listened intently and waited for his turn.  
  The 11:30 ferry was slightly delayed due to the number of people heading over to Gigha.  The ferry crew worked tirelessly all day to ensure a good service for the big day. Ferry
Speech 1 In true 15th of March fashion, it poured with rain just when the speeches started.  Lorna MacAlister introduced the speakers and everyone kept their speeches as short a spossible due to the driving rain ...  
  everyone apart from Alan Hobbett, who in traditional style spoke for 14 hours!!  Not true, he gave a lovely speech, highlighting the success of the Gigha community over the past two years and looking forward to the future. Speech 3
Speech 4 Neil Campbell CBE, Chair of the Scottish Land Fund thanks us all for the repayment of the £1 million and pledged to pass the money on to other communities to assist them in emulating the success of Gigha.  
  And then the newly commissioned Gigha Flag was raised - celebrating for all to see the payback of the £1 million.  Obvioulsy the school children lent Archie a helping hand. Flag 1
Drinks And so its time for a toast - you needed a good dram to keep the chill away.  Archie, again, provided a magnificant drinks service - and never touched a drop himself!  
  And then to the Hotel, to sample a superb buffet provided by the staff at the Gigha Hotel and take a few more drams, just to toast the successful day you understand.  All in all, a fantastic day.  Hotel
Children At the ceilidh in the evening the children of the Gigha Primary School sang some beautifulsongs.  The banner hanging behind then was created by Keith Helm, ably assisted by Lorna Andrew  

Unfortunately, no pictures of the evening ceilidh apart from the one above.  I could make lots of excuses but the truth is lack of batteries in the camera and excessive liquor in the head!  Anyone with pictures of the night could contact me and we'll get them on as soon as possible.  Just click here.



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