The Local Award Ceremony at Knockando Woolmill, Moray, Scotland (15th August 2016) gathered more than 70 people and was honoured by the presence of Lord Cameron of Lochbroom. Lord Cameron, Graham Blythe, Representative of the European Commission in Scoland, and Dr Peter Collins, Chairman of Europa Nostra UK, unanimously praised the remarkable restoration of the 18th-century woollen mill.
It was an enjoyable afternoon for all those who participated in the Local Award Ceremony at Knockando Woolmill, a winner of a 2016 EU Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Awards. Heritage and cultural professionals, volunteers and supporters and representatives from local Government gathered to celebrate this outstanding heritage achievement.
The Award was presented to the Woolmill by Lord Cameron of Lochbroom to Dr Jana Hutt, MBE, Project Director and current company director.
Tom Duff, Project Architect stated that the project is an ‘unqualified success in terms of the local community coming together to secure a future for the Woolmill and its associated craft skills, to generate employment opportunities, attract visitors and to produce high quality textiles to a growing global market.'
After the ceremony, guests were invited for a tour around the historic site, taking in the history and learning about the restoration, as well as seeing the current production processes in full swing.
More than 70 visitors including representatives from the Moray Council, Europa Nostra UK and the European Commission attended this Local Award Ceremony.
Come along to the Woolmill on the 22nd of July at 12 noon and listen to "traditional music from some of the best young musicians and singers from Fèis Spè."
"The Cairngorms Cèilidh Trail is one of seven Cèilidh Trails organised by local Fèisean under the umbrella of Fèisean nan Gàidheal.
The first Cèilidh Trail project, established by Fèis Rois in 1999, was designed to help teenage musicians develop their performance skills and to create a vibrant traditional music entertainment programme in the Highlands and now beyond. Over the last eleven years, the project has been replicated in other areas and has proved to be an over - whelming success.
The Cairngorms Cèilidh Trail, now in its tenth year, offers training and performance opportunities to musicians aged 16 to 22yrs. Some of them may be considering a career in traditional music and the tour gives them a supported taste of life on the road at the same time as sharing their skills and enthusiasm with a wide audience. Working with local businesses and promoters to develop cultural tourism throughout the National Park, the Cèilidh Trail offers a unique experience.
As CCT is a developmental project, to ensure maximum benefit to participants, two years is the maximum ‘stay’ in the band.
The band tours the National Park and surrounding area for two weeks in July then 4 days between Christmas and New Year. The tour is co-ordinated by Fèis Spè and the band is accompanied on tour by a Leader and a driver."