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September issue 2019

Bunessan Show

Bunessan Show goes from strength to strength, and this year’s Show was better than ever, with a large number of entries, especially in the sheep section – in the Cheviot ewe lamb class alone we counted 22 entries! The weather on the day could not have been better – warm but dull for most of the day, so not too hot for the animals, with the sun breaking through later in the afternoon.
One of the delights was the welcome return of Mark Wylie and his ‘Drakes of Hazard’ – otherwise known as the Duck Show. Mark and his Indian Runner Ducks delighted the audience with their antics, aided by young Flash the collie, who was evidently in his element. Mark truly has the gift of the gab and his commentary had the audience in stitches. He let us into a wee secret – it seems of all the 60-odd shows he does every year, Bunessan Show is among his top 3, and it’s all down to the friendly atmosphere... more in the full issue

Photo: Best Sheep and Champion of Champions; a 2-shear Texel tup shown by Angus MacColl of Fanmore.

Salen Show 2019

Unusually the only complaint about the weather at this year’s Salen Show on 8th August was that it was too hot for some! The horse & pony competitors in particular felt the heat, wearing tweed jackets as they were, and some of the animals were becoming warm, so it was a relief when the sky clouded over shortly after midday.
This was truly a Show with something for everybody – from the bouncy castle, through the cadets’ laser shooting gallery and the many stalls to the competitions themselves, there was plenty to see and do ... more in the full issue

Photo: Best Sheep and Supreme Champion: Emma MacDougall of Tobermory with her 2-shear homebred Cheviot ewe

Tobermory Lifeboat Day

The annual Tobermory Lifeboat Day on 11th August was a somewhat damp affair but busy nevertheless. Proceedings began with the Tobermory lifeboat Elizabeth Fairlie Ramsey being piped across the bay to the pontoons, where local fisherman and Fishing News ‘Shellfish Fisherman of the Year’ Alasdair ‘Steptoe’ Maclean cut the ribbon declaring the new section of pontoon officially open. Brian Swinbanks of THA gave a short speech thanking all those concerned in this part of the harbour development and also unveiled an anchor dedicated to Anne (Cookie) Flavell, who died earlier this year. He then handed over to the RNLI and the festivities could begin... more in the full issue

Photo:Tobermory Womble leads the Seahawks along Main Street after their performance