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The reopening of public events was greeted with community-wide enthusiasm on Point yesterday (Saturday July 9) as hundreds of people turned out to enjoy the revived and rejuvenated event.

There was everything from a bouncy castle to the Lewis and Harris Youth Pipe Band; a road race and miniature go-kart track; all sorts of stalls - and the sheer unaccustomed excitement of waiting in queues for burgers!

Organisers admitted they had been caught out by the number of people arriving early or right at the start of the event.  Car parks were jammed and a line of cars stretched back down the main road. 

The official opening was performed by Councillor Domhnall MacSween, the famous 'Sweeny' from TV programmes about his croft work and crofting campaigning - who made the major admission that he had relatives among the Rudhachs some of whom were in the audience. He also explained that this was his first visit to the Point Show. 

Councillor MacSween said he was pleased to see so many people at the event after the years of Covid-19 restrictions. He mentioned that quite a few people had commented to him about his BBC Alba programmes - and a new series was just ordered. It was a shame it could not have started its filming at the Point Show. 

After the speech, as he explained, he had to head off to Harris for a football game. The game at Rally Park, Tarbert, was the Co-op Cup quarter-final of Ness FC against Harris FC. The score was Harris 1-6 Ness. 

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