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A couple picked to live on island
John Clare and Sheila Gunn
John Clare and Sheila Gunn have visited Canna before
A couple have been chosen to become new inhabitants of a Scottish island.

The National Trust for Scotland (NTS) advertised last year for new residents for Canna after the population dropped to 15 inhabitants.

Sheila Gunn, 50, and former Royal Navy sailor John Clare, 58, were among 350 who applied to live on the island which lies south west of Skye.

NTS said interviews for the other available house on the island will take place in April.

Ms Gunn, who previously ran a guesthouse in Oban, has already spent time on Canna working as a relief teacher in the primary school - which currently has just one pupil.

'Challenges ahead'

Mr Clare served with the Navy for 28 years and spent 12 years working in police support.

Ms Gunn said: "We are delighted to have been given this wonderful opportunity and are very grateful to the island community and the National Trust for Scotland for inviting us to join them on the island.

"I am looking forward to being involved with the challenges ahead and assisting with the development of the school."

The chance to move to Canna attracted interest from people from across the UK as well as Dubai, Sweden, Finland, Germany, Australia and the US.


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