Dunvegan fireworks raise £2,500

Several hundred people turned out for the annual Dunvegan Castle fireworks spectacle – raising £2,500 for charity in the process.

Poor weather did little to dampen enthusiasm at the community charity event on Saturday 2nd November. The evening opened with a bang as two of the ancient cannons on the castle’s gun court were fired by Ben Miller from the Highland Ordnance Shop in Dunvegan, who also prepared the explosive for the cannon.

A Brownies lantern parade was piped down to the bonfire by the Isle of Skye Pipe Band before “oohs” and “aahs” welcomed the fireworks, which were launched by the MacLeod Estate’s building services team.

Hot food and drinks were served from the MacLeod Tables Café, providing a warm welcome and shelter after the event. All proceeds from the night go towards a range of local charities. The estate once again donated the costs of the fireworks, and donations were received from the Stein Inn; Skyeskyns; Isle of Skye Fudge; Fasgadh Stores; Atholl Filling Station; Caberfeidh Electrics; Tables Hotel; Potty Preserves; Giant MacAskill Museum; Scottish Fuels (Portree); MacLeod Fruiterers; Co-op (Portree); and Dunvegan Bakery.

Estate executive director Janet Wallwork Clarke said: “We were delighted that so many people turned out to support this event – the team’s favourite among the community charity events we host. I should like to thank all those who made donations and gave their time to help make it a success.”

A full list of the charities to benefit from the fundsraising event will be posted in the Dunvegan Post Office shortly, but it will include charities supporting the disabled and those living with cancer as well as local groups delivering benefits to young people through sports and music. Special thanks were extended to the Isle of Skye Pipe Band, Dunvegan Primary School and the Brownies.