Whithorn youths nominated for award

Young actors at Whithorn with the film crew this year
Young actors at Whithorn with the film crew this year

Young people from Whithorn and surrounding area have been shortlisted for a top national award for their work with the Whithorn Trust and Urbancroft Films to highlight Whithorn’s heritage using digital media and film.

The Scottish Heritage Angels’ Awards will be announced at a ceremony in Edinburgh in October and the Trust’s young volunteer group are shortlisted in the young volunteer category.

A spokesperson for the Whithorn Trust said: “We are so delighted for the young people, after their dedication to the summer projects of 2015 and 2016 which entailed turning up day after day for long hours filming. We enjoyed the energy they brought to the visitor centre and look forward to seeing their latest creation, which is the new historical app which will soon be downloadable on smartphones in Whithorn. This will be done via an intranet, owing to the poor mobile coverage, and we’ve been kindly donated the sophisticated hardware and software to do this by the Friends of Ninian and Whithorn, while The Holywood Trust funded the youth project.

“This is a great opportunity for the young people and to think that their work will be reviewed by Andrew Lloyd Webber is very exciting.”

The young people will head for Edinburgh in October to find out if they have won the award, but all are set to enjoy the Edinburgh experience, whatever the result.

Locals should watch out for a chance to try out the new app and view the young people’s films in the October holidays, when the young people will help plan and deliver a launch event, which has been kindly funded by The Robertson Trust.