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Laughter, colour and torrential rain proved a winning combination in Stornoway on Saturday (5 August) as 270 people deliberately covered themselves, and everyone around them, with coloured paint.

Aided and supported by more than 30 volunteers, the hardy souls braved a two-mile loop around Lews Castle Grounds, ambushed along the way at paint stations where more and more colours were added to their clothes, hair and faces.

It was all part of a new charity event masterminded by Stornoway’s Shona Shields and dedicated to bringing in more money for the work of Rothesay-based charity Calum’s Cabin, which provides holiday homes in Argyll and Bute for children facing cancer.

Calum’s Cabin founders Duncan and Caroline Speirs were in Stornoway to see the army of participants off, on a day which started dry and ended as wet as anyone could remember.

But far from being put off by the rain, it seemed to add to the enjoyment – especially for the kids, who loved being given the licence to make an enormous mess of themselves for a good cause.

Shona thanked all participants, volunteers and supporting businesses and individuals for making the event such a success, saying: “Thank you to everyone who took part today – despite the downpour you all finished with a smile. You are all awesome!”

And Duncan and Caroline Speirs added their thanks, especially to Shona ‘for making yesterday such a success.’

The pictures show participants including Shona clearly enjoying their colourful experience (Scott Davidson/Colourrun Castle Grounds).