Dunvegan and Plockton lit up by fireworks

Fireworks displays in Dunvegan and Plockton were among those lighting up the sky this month, as communities marked Bonfire Night.

Plockton saw a record crowd for its display last Wednesday, with over 400 people attending.

Organised by the Plockton Small Boat Sailing Club this year, the club received a share of proceeds with the remainder going to the fund for next year’s display. Plockton and District Community Council chair Charlie MacRae said: “It was a lovely night, the bonfire and fireworks were tremendous.”

Meanwhile, the recent bonfire night in Dunvegan has raised over £2,000 for local charities.

Held at Dunvegan Castle and Gardens at the beginning of the month, the night (pictured) saw hundreds of people turn out to enjoy a spectacular display as over £1,500 of fireworks – donated by the estate – were set off.
Refreshments were served in the café, which was decorated with posters made by Dunvegan Primary School pupils, who also made the Guys for the bonfire, and they also led a lantern parade to the bonfire, piped along the way by the Isle of Skye Pipe Band.

Thanks are extended to the local businesses, including Atholl Service Station, Dunvegan Bakery, Stein Inn, Tables Hotel and Isle of Skye Fudge, who, along with suppliers, helped to raise over £2,000 for Skye-based charities. Among those to benefit will be the Skye Mountain Rescue, Skye and Lochalsh Disabled Ramblers and Community Nurses. A full list will be published and displayed in the Dunvegan Post Office.
Janet Clarke, executive director of the MacLeod Estate, said: “This is one of my favourite community events, because we are able to support local causes and there is a great atmosphere, with everyone pitching in to help. It is a timely reason to once again thank the whole team for their hard work and for giving up their free time to support this event.”

Photo by Robert Bozic