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PICTURES: Flood-hit Loch Ness hotel stays buoyant for monster Christmas event

By Alasdair Fraser

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It might have been a complete wash-out, but instead it was a splash hit!

Staff at a Loch Ness-side hotel decided the show must go on after a nearby burn burst its banks and the ground floor foyer and gift shop were devastated by a deluge of dirty water.

A valiant hands-on effort ensured the Monster Christmas Fair at the Loch Ness Clansman Hotel near Abriachan went ahead last weekend, with around 20 stallholders helping raise £750 for MFR Cash for Kids.

“On Tuesday, we really were unsure if we could go ahead,” hotel general manager Adam McMaster admitted.

“But we realised the vendors and crafters hadn’t really had many bookings this year with the pandemic. It would have been a complete shame to give up on it.

“As a staff, we decided to go for it and our insurers were excellent – within the hour, they sent a disaster restoration team and they were like a whirlwind. We wouldn’t have got there in the end without them, our staff and lots of locals mucking in.

“We managed to get the place fit and safe for the public and it was a great success.”

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