September saw the very first WHT Crofter’s Ceilidh in Leverburgh Village Hall. This event was a combined celebration of Hebridean traditions, the crofting way of life and also the centenary of the Harris Tweed orb.
Picture the scene... an accordionist and band surrounded by bales of hay playing three hours of toe-tapping music, black and white photographs depicting days gone by, Harris Tweed, a spinning wheel, creels, wellies, good craic, strip the willow, a highland schottische, a reel and a wee dram. Projected on a wall and adding to the ambience are beautiful images which capture the link our island landscape has with the colours and patterns of Harris Tweed from Ian Lawson’s ‘Bhon chroit, an clò’. Half way through the evening some delicious oatcakes, pancakes, fudge and clootie dumpling are produced, all adding to the charm.
This evening was a great success and we would like to thank; Stuart Taylor and Catch 22 who kept everyone in high spirits throughout, all those who kindly donated raffle prizes, our own WHT committee and the social team for not letting a bit of rain and wind in July stop the momentum, and all those who helped and came to support the event making it so enjoyable. Also, a very special thank you to Kenny, who gave up his spare time on more than one occasion to support us. Tapadh leibh uile.