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Lochaber’s Margaret Mackay won the John D Gillies Memorial Trophy, for her performance of a Skye or Sutherland song.
Margaret was born and bred in Caol near Fort William but now lives in A’ Mhealbhaich (Melvich) near Thurso. ‘This is unbelievable,’ said Margaret. ‘I am in shock. I was not sure I was going to do it, but my friends encouraged me. It was a last minute choice of song.’
Margaret chose ‘Eilean a’ cheo’, a song of reflection and change on the Isle of Skye, by Mairi Mhor nam Oran (Mary MacPherson).
‘This is the first time I have competed solo in the National Mòd in more than 20 years. I had lost my nerve. Joining the [Melvich Gaelic] choir gave me the confidence again.’
Margaret, who helps her husband George on their croft, said her parents Alistair and Mary MacPherson, who still live in Lochaber, would also be delighted by her win. 15_SN_ModWed_01