Mhairi MacInnes: Keep Orkney Green and Attractive

Premiering on Thursday 22nd December at 8pm on The Orkney News YouTube channel is the next in the series of films ‘Orcadian Stories.’

Mhairi MacInnes speaks about the anti-uranium mining campaign which took place in Orkney in the late 1970s and early 80s.

Her father, the artist and teacher Ian MacInnes, was one of the organisers of the Orkney Heritage Society-led protest campaign.

Uranium mining in the West Mainland around the much-loved clifftops of Yesnaby and elsewhere would have devastated life in Orkney.

Filmed and edited by Martin Laird ( , researched by Fiona Grahame, and produced by Orkney News Ltd, ‘Orcadian Stories’ is a series of short filmed interviews of people who have played a part in creating a cultural legacy for the islands.

The films focus on individuals telling their stories.

The original theme music is by Eamonn Keyes.

All the individuals filmed have contributed to the local community through their work which may be for art, music, film, communications, tradition, mental health, and wellbeing.

This film has been supported by the Year of Stories 2022 Community Stories Fund. This fund is being delivered in partnership between VisitScotland and Museums Galleries Scotland with support from National Lottery Heritage Fund thanks to National Lottery players. 

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