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First Whisky Galore festival held

Scene from Whisky Galore
The comedy Whisky Galore was released in 1949

The first Whisky Galore Festival has been held on Barra, the island in the Western Isles where the 1949 comedy was filmed.

Guests included three sisters who were young extras in the film based on the book by Compton MacKenzie.

Other events during the weekend celebration included whisky tastings, workshops and a golf tournament.

The famous book and film were inspired by the grounding of the ship SS Politician off Eriskay in 1941.

The vessel had about 250,000 bottles of spirit aboard.

Author Compton MacKenzie used the event as the basis of his book Whisky Galore in 1947 and an Ealing comedy followed in 1949.

Earlier this year, a musical of Whisky Galore was performed at the Festival Theatre in Pitlochry.



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