Unsung Heroes – John McNaught

The Shinty Ball last weekend in Portree was on so many levels, a terrific occasion. Food was great, turnout amazing and the hall transformed.

I thought it was great to see Player of the Year and DR MacDonald Award go to Lorna MacRae of the all-conquering ladies team. I haven’t managed to one of their games yet, but look forward to seeing them next season. I was told by one of the Dibble girls that it is much, much better than the men’s.

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Again, it was difficult not to be impressed by the work of volunteers – true unsung heroes. The work put in to the evening, whether organising the schedule or decorating the hall was remarkable. Sports like shinty or grassroots football could not exist without these contributions. It might be nice to do some linocut prints on the Unsung Heroes of Skye Camanachd.

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The photos I took on the night were from another unsung hero – the Leica M5. This camera was introduced by Leica in 1971, and is regarded as an ugly duckling which nearly bankrupted the iconic company. For years it has been the Leica to forget. Leitz put everything into its development, but it was rejected by buyers as it looked slightly different to other Leica Ms. However, now it is being reassessed as the superstar that it is. In my opinion, the best M by a mile. A joy to use, and still producing magical results, despite being the same age as my sister.

I was also delighted that my book of photographs managed to contribute some funds to the club. Especially after a panic that no-one would bid …

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