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.