Caol pulls out all the stops for platinum Jubilee party

Anyone for balloons? Fun and sunshine for the Caol community party on Saturday. Photograph: Iain Ferguson, alba.photos NO-F23-Caol-Community-party-14-
Anyone for balloons? Fun and sunshine for the Caol community party on Saturday. Photograph: Iain Ferguson, alba.photos NO-F23-Caol-Community-party-14-

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Glorious sunshine was the order of the day for Lochaber on Saturday and nowhere made better use of the glorious weather than the Caol residents who staged what must have been one of the region’s best attended platinum jubilee events.

The event was arranged by Caol Locality Plan partners to bring the community together and showcase what local groups have on offer at a fun-filled family day.

The main organisers were Karin Mckay from Highland Council Tenant Participation Team; Jane Young, Highland Council Community Support Engagement Officer; Rachael Chalmers from Highlife Youth Development Team; Kirsty Kyle, Caol Community Council; Linda Campbell from Caol Regeneration; as well as support from the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, Police Scotland, Caol Community Council and the newly-formed Caol Resident Group.

The Caol Resident Group raised approximately £777 and received a donation of £250 from MOWI. The group is raising funds for a light-up Caol for Christmas project. Members want to get new lights and put up lots of Christmas trees in the area.

Young people at the event raised more than £450 from their raffles and tombola to put towards youth projects and Caol Regeneration raised £203.90.

Ms MacKay commented: ‘What an absolute fantastic day. It was great to see so many people enjoying themselves and catching up with folk they had not seen in years.

‘The Highland dancing finished the busy ceilidh off nicely. What an excellent show they put on. Well done to Jane Douglas. Your dancers are stars in the making. Nevis Radio kept everyone entertained and Gary Innes, when I managed to drag him away from chatting, played awesome tunes.

‘The fire, police, all the stall holders, bouncy castles, Segways and Maddie and the High Life youth team did a fab job of entertaining the youngsters.

‘The Free Church volunteers were amazing at the tea bar and Alister and Sandra from Caol Community Centre kept everyone fed and refreshed.

‘Linda Campbell and Jo Cowan’s ceilidh was a hit with Archie the piper opening the day – fantastic. Thank you to everyone involved, especially the team of volunteers and all the partners from the Caol Locality plan for making the day happen.

‘I’m sure I have forgotten to thank someone. If I have, thanks too, it really was the best day.

‘Planning is under way for next year’s gala day in Caol. Let’s hope it’s a sunny day for that.’

CAPTION: Anyone for balloons? Fun and sunshine for the Caol community party on Saturday. Photograph: Iain Ferguson, alba.photos NO-F23-Caol-Community-party-14-

Extra pics:

Piper Archie Campbell led the march to officially start the celebrations with Karin MacKay who helped organise the project and special guest Gary Innes. Photograph: Iain Ferguson, alba.photos NO F23 Caol Community party 01

Bouncy castles are always popular with youngsters. Photograph: Iain Ferguson, alba.photos NO F23 Caol Community party 02

Free turns on the Segway were popular throughout the day. Photograph: Iain Ferguson, alba.photos NO F23 Caol Community party 03

A cooling spray on a sunny day, courtesy of the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service. Photograph: Iain Ferguson, alba.photos NO F23 Caol Community party 04

Lochaber Strathspey and Reel Society ceilidh. Photograph: Iain Ferguson, alba.photos NO F23 Caol Community party 05

A well-stocked kitchen was provided by Kilmallie Free Church. Photograph: Iain Ferguson, alba.photos NO F23 Caol Community party 07

Line dancing was a popular in the hall. Photograph: Iain Ferguson, alba.photos NO F23 Caol Community party 08

A tasty and colourful cake stall. Photograph: Iain Ferguson, alba.photos NO F23 Caol Community party 09

Children line up for a picture with ‘The Queen’. Photograph: Iain Ferguson, alba.photos NO F23 Caol Community party 10

Face painting is always a popular stall with children. Photograph: Iain Ferguson, alba.photos NO F23 Caol Community party 11

Gary Innes entertained in the beer garden. Photograph: Iain Ferguson, alba.photos NO F23 Caol Community party 12