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VIDEO: L'Arche Highland hopes it has a viral hit on its hand

By Louise Glen

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A group of Inverness singers were pipped at the post in a lip-sync battle after competing with others from across the globe.

Residents, volunteers and staff at L'Arche Highland took part in Battle of the Fans an international music video competition.

L'Arche Highland is a Christian community house for adults with learning disabilities who live alongside carers, known as assistants.

Choosing to compete in the competition with 'I Just Can't Wait to be King' from the Disney animation The Lion King, the group looked to be having great fun around Inverness.

Using the city and its snow capped hills as a backdrop for its video, singers and people using sign language in an array of fancy dress costumes mouth along to the song.

A wee pug-like dog plays the role of Simba and even some Highland cows get in on the action.

While they did not win the competition in the final battle between Inverness and Manchester - the troupe are undeterred, believing their video will be a viral hit.

Ishbel Barr, L'Arche Inverness support and development manager said: "The video that we have entered into the UK final of Battle of the Fans -which was run by L’Arche Canada -as an international lip sync battle for people with learning disabilities.

"The people in our community here in Inverness helped to choose, plan, film and star in the videos that we have done – and were incredibly proudof the video they made for the final.

"During the competition we knocked out Edinburgh, and Liverpool but Manchester pipped us at the final competition. We had more likes, but they managed to get more votes.

"Undeterred we would now like to take our video viral so as many shares and likes we can get would be great."

Ms Barr continued: "The competition was a fundraiser and project organised for the people we support, the upheaval of the pandemic on our normal routines and families not being able to see loved ones as often has been challenging but the people we work with are amazingly positive and so kind -that our assistant’s are constantly uplifted by their joy and spirit!"

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