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North coast singer (9) wins medal at her first ever National Mod

By Caroline McMorran

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A YOUNG north coast competitor has won a silver medal after performing at her first ever National Mod.

Nine-year-old Esther Spratt of Strathy came second in the P4-5 learners solo singing section at the Royal National Mod which was held this year in Paisley.

Esther Spratt won a silver medal at her first National Mod.
Esther Spratt won a silver medal at her first National Mod.

Esther sang “Air an Traigh” and only one point separated her from the competition winner.

The youngster, who also excelled at the Caithness and Sutherland Provincial Mod in June, attends traditional music lessons run weekly by Fèis air an Oir in Strathy Hall.

Her tutor, Catriona MacLeod of Strathnaver, commented: “We are all so delighted for Esther. She is a natural performer and did us all proud.

“She carried her success in her first local Mod all the way to competing and doing so well at national level. She is a great ambassador for the area.”

The Royal National Mod ran from October 13-21.

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