The celebration of the bicentennial of the arrival of the first European settlers in our community, was enjoyed by the folks who spent time with us during the afternoon and evening of October 17th.
Piper Sandra MacIssac welcomed visitors to the well attended barbecue that began the gathering. During the barbecue, Andrew Stalker, Dave Tellum, Garth Wilson and Campbell Calder entertained us as we enjoyed our hamburgers and hot dogs, and/or checked into if and how we are descended from the three original immigrant families of John “Red” Cameron, John “Squire” Cameron or Malcolm MacMillan.
Once darkness arrived we moved to the adjoining ball field where we were treated to a spectacular display of fireworks.
Following the fireworks we returned to the hall for a ceilidh where, in addition to more music from Andrew Stalker et al, fiddler Nicolle Clappison along with Isaac Fraser on the piano got our toes tapping to a variety of traditional Scottish tunes.
Bearing in mind the changes that have occurred over the past 200 years, it’s interesting to speculate as to what life will be like and how people might celebrate Lochaber’s quadricentennial 200 years from now.