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TV celebrity Lorraine Kelly is backing a community appeal to replace musical instruments lost in a fire.

The ITV breakfast star donated £400 to the Fèis Eilean na Hearadh fundraising drive, topping the tally over its £4000 target.

Fèis equipment was destroyed by a fierce blaze which ripped through the Scalpay factory over a week ago. Items stored in the building were wrecked.

Lorraine Kelly  donated to the appeal while on a weekend break in Harris with her TV cameraman husband, Steve Smith.

They were staying in a Tarbert hotel and heard the skirl of bagpipes heralding a Highland dancing display in aid of the fèis.

The 57-year-old was enchanted by the kilted youngsters performing at the ferry pier and said she was “very happy to help” the appeal.

The 57-year-old was enchanted by the kilted dancers and said she was “very happy to help” the appeal.

She said: “Heard about this when fab dancers were doing fund raising show at Tarbert ferry terminal. Good luck.”

The couple are great fans of the Hebrides, visiting the islands on a number of occasions.


They toured the stunning beaches, enjoying the glorious sunshine during their stay.


One highlight was a boat trip with Harris-based Kilda Cruises to St Kilda where she said they had an “incredible day.” The couple previously visited St Kilda in 2013 during a Barra to Lewis tour while researching for her book about Scotland’s most loveliest places. Her husband photographed stunning views of the Western Isles with a picture of St Kilda chosen for the front cover.


The Fèis Eilean na Hearadh - a hugely popular children’s Gaelic culture summer school annually attended by up to 100 participants - lost accordians, guitars, keyboards and chanters. Shinty sticks and Harris Tweed crafts items were also damaged.


The fèis group set up a crowdfunding appeal to buy replacements and also asked people to donate or lend unused instruments.



Lorraine Kelly was delighted to help the fèis

TV celebrity, Lorraine Kelly, backs fèis appeal

9 May 2017