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Caithness & Sutherland Provincial Mod

Published: 14 Mar 2012

AN COMUNN GAIDHEALACH - MEUR GHALLAIBH - CAITHNESS BRANCH

The Caithness Branch of An Comunn Gaidhealach has started their programme of events to raise funds for the Provincial Mod which will return to Caithness in summer this year.

The Provincial Mod is a regional version of the National Mod which took place for the very first time in the history of An Comunn Gaidhealach in October 2010. The Regional Mod has not been held in Wick since 1999 and only once since in the County of Caithness in Thurso in 2007.

Following on from the success of the National Mod in 2010, the joint area committees of the Provincial Mod agreed last year to have the regional event hosted every two years in Caithness boosting the local economy in each area where it will be hosted - Halkirk, Lybster and Castletown among places expected to host the festival in the future as well as the county towns of Wick and Thurso.

The event will take place on the first weekend of June with the main events, competitions and concerts taking place on Saturday 2nd June. The events will be hosted in a number of venues and a programme will be available well before the event takes place. The syllabus will be available shortly and requests for a copy should be made to cameronatcroick@tiscali.co.uk

Competitions cover a host of disciplines including accordion, piping, fiddle playing, highland dancing, group and solo events. There will be something for everyone and a series of workshops will be hosted in the near future. Feis Ghallaibh, which was set up to prepare and allow local young people to participate at the National Mod in 2010 continues to provide the same opportunity and will be represented at this years Provincial Mod.

Raymond Bremner, Chairman of the Local Branch Committee said “We are delighted to be hosting the Provincial Mod and it’s great that it will be hosted in Wick where the National Mod started in 2010 with a huge outdoor presence on the opening weekend. We have already had more area choirs showing an interest in attending than at previous Provincial Mods and I believe that is due to the wonderful time they experienced in the county back in 2010. I am sure the local branch and community will work hard to deliver the same level of friendliness and warmth provided to the county’s visitors in 2010.”

A series of events have been organised in Wick, Halladale, Clyth and Thrumster already to raise the profile of the Provincial Mod, to raise funds and to provide evenings of entertainment in the local communities in the lead-up to the event.

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