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There was further Mòd success for the islands yesterday (Tuesday 12 October) during the live competitions held as part of the Royal National Mòd in Inverness.

Two of the most prestigious prizes in the youth categories are coming home to Harris and Lewis.

Ellie Ceit Johnson, aged 15, from the Isle of Harris, won the solo-singing for girls aged 13-15 and fluent in Gaelic, carrying off the An Comunn Gàidhealach Silver Pendant.

She said: "I prepared for today with lots and lots of practising and it feels amazing to have won – all the hard work has paid off, it's great.

“I've been competing since I was in primary 2 and it was such a strange feeling not to have the Mòd in October last year, but I'm glad I'm back."

Sharing her feelings about the return of the Mòd was Innes John Begg, aged 15 and from Lewis, who attends The Nicolson Institute. He won the solo-singing for 13-15-year-old boys fluent in Gaelic, and was awarded the Traditional Silver Kilt Pin. 

He said: "It very good to come back to the Mòd and compete again after not having much of it at all, I've missed it.

“Repetition was key, learning the song and then just singing it again and again. I tried to keep it as simple as I could. I've sung from the age of five at the Mòd – as soon as I could – and I'm looking forward to next year’s competition already."

Today (Wednesday) the focus moves to adult competitions, with qualifying rounds for the coveted gold medal and silver pendant for adult solo singers in the morning and the silver pendant finals in the afternoon.

This evening will see the prestigious gold medal finals in the Empire Theatre at Eden Court from 7.30pm.

Pictures of Ellie Ceit Johnson and Innes John Begg are from the Royal National Mòd.