We have a lot of island support in helping run the festival each year, of which we are hugely grateful. Archie provides the bikes, Del builds the showers and lavatories, Helen makes the players tea, Jack rolls the pitch, Gavin provides burgers, fish and chips and pues. Kenny and Cameron brings the post protectors from Islay and Oban. David (the Colonsay doctor) bandages up the injured rugby players, David and Sarah loan masses of crates and fence posts, Alex lets us use the golf course. there are so many helpers, particularly the Ochalochs, who fill in the holes and pull up the weeds in the pitch! And Margo runs the admin tent and then decorates the marqui for the ceilidh on the saturday night.
The rest of the work is done by the Middleton family, who have come to Colonsay for many years. Rupert does the commentary, Julia supports the doctor. Their five children have all taken different roles over the years. The eldest Mo founded the Festival and is the captain of the Ochalochs. The youngest son Tom now does all the work in the week before and the middle daughter Kate recruits the teams through the year and leads on the day. Emma and Rachel then do whatever they are told!
We also have a fantastic band, Stravaig Ceilidh Band, that travel up from Glasgow to hold the ceilidh on the Saturday night.