Speeches at the Ceremony
It was wet and windy but most people were smiling. The money was
being handed back to the Scottish Land Fund! There were speeches,
of course! Mrs Lorna MacAlister, Secretary to the Trust Board, welcomed
everyone to The Ceremony. Alan Hobbett, Development Manager, made
a compelling case for the success of the community buy-out. He pointed
out many of the things that have and are about to happen during
the last two years, things that would not have taken place if we
had not bought our Island. Other speeches were made by:-
George Lyon, our MSP, who brought greetings from Baroness Michie,
our former MP, who has been very supportive of our efforts from
the start, as has George himself.
David Campbell CBE, Chairman of the Scottish Land Fund spoke briefly
on how well Gigha had progresses and how the £1 million could
go to assisting other communities in other regions of Scotland.
Brian Wilson MP spoke of his pride at seeing an institution he
helped create, the Community Fund, blossom into the body capable
of helping Gigha achieve its independence.
William McSporran, Chairman of the Isle of Gigha Heritage Trust,
who handed over a suitcase, full of money, to David Campbell while
asking for a discount for cash!
Finally, the children from the Primary School, ably assisted by
Archie MacAlister raised a new flag with £1000000 paid back
written on it in Gaelic and English.