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Inverness Gaelic talent shines at Royal National Mod in Glasgow

By Gregor White

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Jessica Hanvidge with her silver medal. Picture: Graham Hood Photography.
Jessica Hanvidge with her silver medal. Picture: Graham Hood Photography.

Talented youngsters from Inverness have been performing well at Scotland’s biggest celebration of Gaelic culture.

Several city pupils have picked up medals at this year’s Royal National Mod which kicked off in Glasgow last Friday and runs until tomorrow.

Inverness Royal Academy student Jessica Hanvidge (15) won the silver medal for fluent solo singers aged 13 to 15 at the festival on Tuesday.

“I am very happy as it is so unexpected,” she said. “I have been practising since last year, but properly got into the swing of it a couple of months ago, and it’s just hard work and going over it and practising.”

Archie Drennan from Drumnadrochit was first in the hornpipe and jig competition and Maili Maclennan from Inverness Gaelic Primary School won the chanter march competitions for under 13s.

Eilidh Morag Nic a’Phi from Inverness won in the piobaireachd and vocal solo competitions (girls 16-18) and Finlay MacLennan from IRA was first in the conversation competition for fluent speakers aged 13 to 15.

Councillor John Finlayson, chairman of Highland Council’s care, learning and housing committee said: "Well done to all the young people from the Highlands who took part in competitions this week at the Mod.

"There were over 50 young people from Highland who won more than 80 prizes."

The Mod will be staged in Inverness next year and Depute Provost of Inverness Councillor Graham Ross will receive the Mod flag on behalf of Highland Council on Saturday at the official flag handover.

Councillor Alister Mackinnon, chairman of the council’s Gaelic Strategy Implementation Group said: “The Royal National Mod is a fantastic showcase event for Gaelic culture.

"We look forward to working with the local Mod Committee over the next year to ensure another successful event in the Highlands."

Full competition results are on the Royal National Mod website at: https://enter.ancomunn.co.uk/competitions/winners/event_id:8

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