Shinty Memories Fort William and Shinty's extraordinary sacrifice

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Shinty Memories Fort William and Shinty's extraordinary sacrifice

Illustrated talks by Hugh Dan MacLennan

Nevis Centre Fort William 7.30pm, Friday September 13 

Admission (at the door) £5 donation to Shinty Memories 

Shinty fans can get in form for the Tulloch Homes Camanachd Cup Final in Fort William through a special event being planned for the Nevis Centre on the Friday night, the evening before the final.

In a specially created two-part illustrated talk with film and images, Hugh Dan MacLennan  will be reminiscing on Shinty Memories in Fort William, with special guest Deek Cameron, the man who scored the fastest ever Camanachd Cup Final goal, when Fort William won the trophy in 1992.  Hugh Dan will also be showing some rarely seen footage of shinty matches including the 1992 final and images from a range of other finals.

In a separate part of the evening, Hugh Dan will examine how communities in the Highlands and Islands made an extraordinary sacrifice in the Great War of 1914-1918, the casualties per head of population more than double the average for Britain as a whole – and the impact that had on shinty.

As the material in this presentation shows, evidence carried within the family context, not available in any public repository, can provide the researcher with insights which are immediate and intimate, which have the capacity illuminate the impact which events which are part of the  large panorama of history have had on local communities, homes, families and individuals.    Anniversaries are often the triggers for the gathering of such material and the WW1 period enabled  splendid projects which honour and remember those who fell in or were affected by the First World War.

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