Reminiscence Tree in Somerled Square, Portree from 23rd - 30th November 2020

West Highland Reminiscence Tree
West Highland Reminiscence Tree
This year has been a long and difficult year for many and Alzheimer Scotland West Highland are aware that many of you may have lost friends or family to Covid 19. COVID-19 has caused loss on many levels, and grieving in times of COVID has been extra hard for people forced to stay distant from family and community.
As we move forward into what could be a difficult winter, it is important to take time to acknowledge our own losses and support the people around us with theirs. Remembering and telling stories of someone who has died, and being around others who knew them, can bring comfort.
We have created a temporary Reminiscence Tree in Somerled square, Portree, Isle of Skye and we would like to offer you the opportunity to add your loved one’s names or words of comfort to Family and Friends who have lost someone whether that be locally or further afield.
The tree will be in Somerled Square for the next week and possibly longer. It is decorated with purple ribbons and will be lit up with purple solar lights every night.
We must go digital due to restrictions; photos are shown here and on the Alzheimer Scotland West Highland Facebook. There is a video of Pipe Major Alan Mackenzie filmed at the Lump in Portree playing The Bays of Harris. Councillor John Gordon has recorded a few words too.  Please scroll down the page to see the photos and videos.
Names and comments have been added on purple tags which are hung on the tree. A supply of the tags are available in Mackenzie's Bakery for anyone wishing to write a message of remembrance. If you are unable to go to the bakery to pick one up, you can contact me by email at LHellon[email protected]ot.org, with your message and I can write it onto a tag for you.

Special thanks to Absent Friends for providing funding and to Mackenzie’s Bakery, for the donation of purple muffins to the cause.  Huge thanks also to Josh Hellon & Sam Lamb for braving the very wet weather to help put up the lights and to Campbell Dixon and Portee Hotel for their help.
 
Reminiscence Tree
 
Reminiscence Tree trunk

Pipe Major Alan MacKenzie plays The Bays of Harris on The Lump in Portree

Pipe Major Alan Mackenzie playing The Bays of Harris in memory of all those dearly loved friends and family members that have been lost to covid-19 this year and in remembrance of all those that are no longer with us but live on in our hearts. 

Counsellor John Gordon

Counsellor John Gordon says a few words in remembrance of those that have died this year from covid-19.