The second annual Grace on the Green is all set to go ahead this evening (Thursday August 8th) despite some difficulties encountered along the way.
Maryanne Macleod from the organising committee said, “We had one or two hurdles to get over. The biggest was the need for a change of venue - we’re more Grace in the Glen than Grace on the Green this year’.
Following the discovery of issues with the Castle Green drainage system during preparations for HebCelt, the Stornoway Trust advised that Willowglen would be a suitable alternative site for Grace on the Green and Stramash, whose tent is used for both events.
Maryanne Macleod continued:“We’re grateful to Paul and the other Stramash organisers for the use of the tent and equipment. It’s really great that the two events can work jointly in this way”.
In fact, Grace on the Green is all about cooperation, with an organising committee comprised of people from different churches, and a billing which brings together worship leaders from various  denominations. Local input includes Calum Martin, and the HFC Praise Band, as well as Rev James Maciver, who will open the event - as he did last year - with a rendition of ‘Amazing Grace’.
Headlining the evening will be Edinburgh-based Celtic Worship. Maryanne Macleod said:  “We’re so pleased to have Celtic Worship with us. There was a moment, earlier in the week, when we thought they might not make it. Their singer, Steph Macleod is in hospital. Thankfully, he’s well on the mend, and his friend, Pete Crockett is coming in his place. It’ll be a slightly different sound, but still great’.
Pete Crockett usually sings with the New Scottish Hymn Band, and is looking forward to Grace on the Green very much.
Doors open at 7pm for a 7.30 start and parking is kindly provided by the Co-op, Lews Castle College and the Hub.
Those using the College carpark can use the free shuttle bus supplied by Tolsta Community Development.
‘It’s a real community event’, Maryanne Macleod  said, ‘with a lot of support from different local companies and groups, for which we are very thankful’.
The last few tickets are still available from ‘Influence’, and profits from the event go this year to two local charities: Bethesda Hospice, and Moldova & SERA Projects.