Windy night at the Clavie and a busy night. Lots of discussion about the threat of pollution in the Moray Firth by ship to ship oil transfers?

Last night was the Annual burning of the Clavie despite the wild weather was a great success the village of Burghead was very busy and my wee house had a lot of visitors. It was great to catch up and enjoy a unique night which ends with the great spectacle at the end of the show. The air was full of fire fuel and smoke what a great night.

Kelly Bell magic photo of the Clavie a sensational night.

Kelly Bell’s magic photo of the Clavie a sensational night of fire smoke and wind. Thanks Kelly xx

After the Clavie is burnt the village goes into party mode and it is like New Year again. A big group of the Moray Club arrived and it was fun with standing room only. I also had a few of my pals arrive for a catch up and some even headed down to the pub. The fire to start the Clavie (burning peat) starts next door and I was there with my neighbour and his family when the Clavie King “Dan Ralph” took the flaming peat out through the house and into the streets in the gale to start the Clavie off. It is an amazing tradition and they are a hardy bunch the Clavie crew.

The Calvie King at the start with the burning peat.

The Calvie King at the start with the burning peat.

I did enjoy the night there were some great people about and a great love of the area where we live. There was also a lot of talk about the Whales that have been about round the coast and how they have brought so much joy for everyone who saw them. Yet things we take for granted like our stunning coast, the wild life, our dolphins whales and birds could all be threatened by an possible oil spill in the Moray Firth.

The joy of the Clavie.

The joy of the Clavie.

A lot of local people are worried about the plan to carry out ship to ship oil transfers and the possible threat of pollution if it all goes wrong?  Add to that all the plastics in the sea and other detritus that the fish and birds eat and pass on the food chain. I wonder what are we doing to our planet and why do we let it happen.

I would appreciate any comments?

Another great photo from Kelly Bell of the moon and the Clavie. A start of another year.

Another great photo from Kelly Bell of the moon and the Clavie. A start of another year.

Let’s look after this great place and so many enjoy it lets ensure that at least we can look after this place for future generations, Our local politicians have a lot to do to fight for what we have and look after this magnificent resource?

Some locals watching the whales the kids and all along the coast people of all ages. The joy when they saw something was immense?

Some locals watching the whales the kids and all along the coast people of all ages. The joy when they saw something was immense?

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