St Kilda Day

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A day has been dedicated to St Kilda, Scotland – 79 years after its final inhabitants abandoned the remote group of islands.

St Kilda Day – Latha Hiort – has been organised by the Gaelic Arts Agency, with funding from Homecoming Scotland. The project has been launched as a follow-up to the 2007 St Kilda Opera, which was staged across Europe.

Organisers hope the day will become an annual celebration. The last St Kildans left on 29 August 1930 because life on the islands had become too difficult. The island group could now be affected by Ministry of Defence plans to withdraw its missile range on Benbecula. Culture Minister Mike Russell said the day would act as a “timely reminder” of the economic threat St Kilda is facing.

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~ by mlmcored on August 30, 2009.

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