Royal National Mod pumps £3m into economy

Kilmuir and Staffin Primary Schools won the Gold Medal in 'Song at this year's Mod

Kilmuir and Staffin Primary Schools won the Gold Medal in 'Song at this year's Mod

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This year’s Royal National Mod in Oban is estimated to have brought more than £3 million to the local economy.

The nine-day festival, which celebrates Gaelic culture, officially ended on Saturday with a massed choir procession through the town. Organisers said about 8,000 people from across the UK and abroad attended.

It featured 200 competitions, including traditional singing, Highland dancing, literature and piping.

John Morrison, chief executive of organisers An Comunn Gaidhealach, said: “The feedback from those who attended and competed has been excellent.” I’m very proud as to how much people have enjoyed this year’s Mod. We’ve seen a lot of new faces competing this year, and we hope they’ll be joining us in the Western Isles next year.”

The 2016 Mod will be mainly based in Stornoway next October.

The gathering was first held in Oban in 1892.

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