Raasay pupils stage fairytale with a local twist

web-Raasay-Xmas-playRaasay Primary School held their Christmas play last week — a local twist on the well-known fairytale ‘Sleeping Beauty’.

In Raasay’s case it is ‘Mairi Bhreagha’ who on her birth is blessed with gifts. All is well in Brochel Castle until the appearance of ‘Malificent’, who casts a spell upon Mairi. Then all seems doomed — until the arrival of Prince Hector of Staffin. web-Raasay-xmas-play-3-(1)

Head teacher Wilma Duncan said: “The children staged a fantastic performance in the hall last Friday evening and the free event was thoroughly enjoyed by the community of Raasay. This was a way of thanking our wonderful island community for their continuous support, not least at our annual fundraising coffee day.

“I would like to extend thanks to the parents and parent council for providing the refreshments and for supporting the school in the preparations for the event. We would like to thank Anne Martin of the Youth Music Initiative, who worked with the children on their Gaelic singing in order to produce some original lyrics to traditional well-known Gaelic songs. Also, thanks to Calum Gillies for sourcing and producing the sounds, Lyn and Freya for hair and make-up, David Carslaw for stage lighting and Santa who made a special appearance.

“Finally, special thanks to all the school staff and other individuals for giving of their time and all their hard work behind the scenes. It was very much appreciated and made for a night to remember.”

The winner of the top raffle prize — a year’s subscription to the West Highland Free Press — was John William Gillies from Holoman.