Monday, November 18, 2019
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A "Heroes of the Hills" exhibition has opened in Portree.

Featuring three Cuillin pioneers, Danny Macaskill, Norman Collie and John Mackenzie, the exhibition links the past and present in a fascinating display.  

The exhibition also highlights a Skye Heritage group's campaign to build a sculpture of Norma Collie and John Mackenzie.  A metre high maquette of the proposed sculpture which was made by Skye artist and teacher, Steve Tinney, can be viewed at the exhibition.

Portree High School and Mount Boucherie Secondary School in Canada have collaborated to produce art work for the exhibition.

Morag Nicolson, Chair of the Collie Mackenzie Heritage Group, said: “If it hadn’t been for Collie and Mackenzie, Danny our modern day hero, wouldn’t have cycled along Collies ledge! Danny is admired all over the world and all three who feature in the exhibition are indeed our heroes of the hills!

"It’s wonderful to show the fusion of both of these worlds in this fantastic exhibition and tell the story through the amazing artwork of both schools.

"This project has been a bit like scaling a summit and we feel we are, step by step, getting nearer to the top. We have raised £42,000 so far and need to raise a further £75,000. Whether the money comes from Scotland, Canada, America, or wherever, we are confident that someone out there will help us raise the funds needed, and will be responsible for making the final commitment that helps us place both figures in the landscape, looking towards the Cuillin.”

The exhibition runs from the 4 to the 30 October in the Skye and Lochalsh Heritage Centre in Portree, Isle of Skye.

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