Thank you to the S2 and S3 pupils of Tiree High School
for such a polished, professional tour of the island
on a day of rather inclement weather.
Mr Derek Campbell provided a warm welcome.
The first of the pupils gave his well researched presentation.
His theme was the British Minesweeping Trawler ‘HMS Tiree’.
Pupils and guests then boarded the coach heading for the island’s airport.
A memorial was erected on the 16th August 2014 at Tiree Airport
in memory of those who lost their lives in a tragic accident
which occurred over the airport on that day in 1944.
This was the theme of the presentation.
Now on towards An Talla.
‘An Talla’, the island’s community hall, was the venue for the next presentation.
Here we learnt something of Tiree’s proud musical tradition.
It is a tradition that continues to this very day.
The school has many talented musicians.
There was a short musical interlude.
Led by Mr Campbell there was a rendition of ‘Happy Birthday’.
The whole coach joined in singing to the birthday boy ‘John Bottomley’.
Then it was off to Scarinish.
The coach stopped in the marshalling lanes at the pier.
The theme of the presentation here was the MV Loch Seaforth.
The said vessel struck rocks in the Gunna Sound and sank at the pier.
Thankfully there was no loss of life but the pier was blocked for a number of months.
The MV Loch Seaforth at Kyle of Lochalsh
The coach next stopped at Tiree’s memorial in Pier Road.
Here the presentation was on the history of the memorial.
In Scarinish Old Harbour lie the remains of the ‘Mary Stewart’.
This sailing ship was the theme of the next presentation.
Yet another well researched contribution.
It was lunch time.
After lunch the coach headed for Balephetrish.
Here the presentation was on Tiree’s famous ‘Ringing Stone’.
As we could not get close the presenters held up a photograph of the stone.
The weather at the start of the tour was inclement.
No matter! One tourist came dressed for the occasion!
Although there are plenty of beaches there was no sunshine.
The final stop was at the Hynish Centre.
Here there were two excellent presentations.
The first was on the subject of the ‘Hynish Museum’.
The second was on the subject of ‘Skerryvore Lighthouse’.
Thank you to all involved in a great afternoon out.
Staff, pupils and coach driver all deserve a round of applause.
Our visitors were impressed by the work the pupils had put into their project.
This is ‘Life on Tiree’.