Community Rallies to Celebrate Special Occasions!

The community of Barvas has rallied around to give Sammy Macdonald a 70th Birthday, and Jackie and Chrissie Ann Smith a Golden Wedding Anniversary, which they will likely never forget.

With the current lockdown putting pay to the initial plans to mark both these significant milestones, the families and neighbours of Sammy, Chrissie Ann and Jackie, wanted to make a special effort to celebrate the occasion.

The incredible community effort swung into action on the Saturday morning, 25th April, with three pipers - Ashleigh Macdonald, Adam Macdonald and Alex Murray, playing a set of tunes which brought all nearby neighbours out to their gates – whilst observing physical distancing, of course - to sing, cheer and clap as the two significant milestones were marked in the most amazing act of kindness.

Mairi Helen Macdonald, Jackie and Chrissie Ann’s neighbour, Sammy’s daughter, Lorraine, and Ashleigh Macdonald, piping instructor, who were the key organisers, commented: “Sammy, Chrissie Ann and Jackie were completely overwhelmed, it was so emotional but so heart-warming.

“During this time of crisis, the level of community spirit has been quite amazing.

“We hope that everyone continues to stay safe and well and carry on taking care of one another – the Western Isles way!”