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Western Isles Lottery say they were delighted to be able to support Comann na Mara 2022 to put on their weekend of community activities for the St Kilda Yacht Race weekend in Lochmaddy in June.

“The weather didn't dampen the enthusiasm of their fantastic volunteers!

“They have also created a thoroughly interesting exhibition on the history of the Lochmaddy Herring Girls which has been on display in the Old Lochmaddy School and has now gone on tour to Ceann na h-Airigh, so be sure to have a visit,” say the Lottery. The support totalled £700.  

Ceann na h-Àirigh is the former Grimsay Free Church, acquired by the Grimsay Community Association and renovated in 2016-17. It includes the Grimsay Post Office, cafe, heritage collection, weekly produce and craft markets, exhibitions, talks, and workshops as well as being a venue for community events.

The St Kilda Yacht Race weekend started on Thursday 9 June. It included a Herring Girls Walk - a detailed walk around Lochmaddy identifying key sites from the Herring Girls exhibition

There were also music events and a dance.

Pictured above are Stella Evans and Barbara Jameson, members of Comann na Mara and curators of the Herring Girls exhibition.