Fort gets set for Rotary Christmas Festival

ROTARY POETRY Judges from Ferguson Transport, Jodie Ferguson (left) and Mairi Sandison. Picture Iain Ferguson,

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With only two days until the 11th annual Rotary Club of Lochaber Christmas Festival opens its doors at 9.30am in the Nevis Centre, the club has announced the winners of its ‘Little Elves’ competition and the names of the acts performing at the all-day Buskers’ Corner.

Topping the Lochaber Times’ Christmas Card message competition are six-year-old Aine MacPhie from Mallaig Primary, and David Rodgers, nine, from the Gaelic Primary in Caol.

David’s teacher John Joe MacNeil described David’s win as ‘fantastic news’ and Aine’s Mum Dawn said that her daughter was ‘over the moon and so excited’.

David and Aine will ride on Santa’s sleigh, pulled by the Cairngorm reindeer, from Cameron Square to the Nevis Centre, leaving at 11am.

The winners were selected by Jodie Ferguson and Mairi Sandison of Ferguson Transport & Shipping, which funded the entire cost of bringing the reindeer and sleigh to Fort William.

A packed programme of performances by local musicians has also been arranged. Acts include the Tulloch Bellringers, Kilmallie Singers, Community Wind Band, Kinlochleven  RocksKool, the Ancient Mariners, the Great Glen Swing Band, the D-Mac joint choir and Gaelic Primary school choir.

Rotary past president David Thomson, a musician himself, has co-ordinated the event. He told us: ‘It is a good, varied and very entertaining line-up. It will add to the range of activities at the festival making for a great family day out.’



Rotary poetry judges were from Ferguson Transport – Jodie Ferguson (left) and Mairi Sandison. Picture Iain Ferguson,

NO F47 Rotary Poetry competition