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Listeners tune in from Shetland to Skye for macular group's latest virtual ceilidh


By Alan Hendry

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Macular group chairman Eric Farquhar again hosted the virtual ceilidh from his kitchen in Wick.
Macular group chairman Eric Farquhar again hosted the virtual ceilidh from his kitchen in Wick.

Tighter Covid-19 rules may be in place, but Caithness Macular Society Support Group's fourth virtual ceilidh still proved to be a great success.

Group chairman Eric Farquhar hosted the hour-long session from his kitchen in Loch Street, Wick, on Thursday morning. Members and performers from as far afield as Shetland and Skye, as well as Wick, Halkirk, Watten, Helmsdale and Brora, joined in by telephone.

Piper Alistair Miller got the entertainment off to a flying start with Marie's Wedding and Highland Laddie. Angie Manson followed with a selection of tunes on the mouth organ.

Joining for the first time was Jenny Szyfelbain with several local fun-filled poems, including her own version of The Mouse.

Eric continued with a couple of Scots songs and Nancy Nicolson gave a rendition of The Wick Song.

Alasdair Miller pulled up his Jew's harp with a selection of melodies, followed by Willie Mackay tapping away on his spoons to The Barn Dance Reel.

Age-related macular degeneration is the biggest cause of sight loss in the UK, affecting more than 600,000 people. The Caithness support group is one of several hundred across the UK.

Willie Mackay, Highland Council's Caithness civic leader, said: "The macular group's monthly ceilidhs are going from strength to strength. It is absolutely brilliant to have members brought together from far and wide in these unprecedented and unpredictable times.

"There is a real sense of enjoyment from this non-stop hour which is crystal clear on the telephone line. New artists willing to take part are certainly welcome "

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Wick kitchen ceilidh brings cheer for macular support group members

Caithness macular group members tune in for third in series of kitchen ceilidhs



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