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Melissa Benfold / Niteworks

Melissa Benfold / Niteworks

It was a truly triumphant return to the Hebcelt for festival favourites Niteworks as they unleashed a sensational new set on the Stornoway faithful.

But they were almost upstaged by a schoolgirl who showed the band she had more than a few moves herself.

Little Melissa Benfold was with mum Lesley and brother Jason for Thursday night's set on the Islands Stage.

But the eight-year-old was left upset when she first caught a glow stick thrown into the crowd before losing it dancing.

The quick-thinking band saw what had happened and before you could say Isle of Skye, pulled her up onto the stage.

Resplendent in a bright orange Hebcelt20 she drew the biggest cheer of the night as she started to dance and jump up in front of the capacity crowd before high fiving the band and heading back to mum.

She said afterwards: “It was really amazing. I got to go on stage and look out at the crowd and dance with the band. I loved it.”

But it turns out there is more to the young star from Whitburn in West Lothian than great taste in music, she's a bit of a charity hero too.

Ponytailed Melissa, who is a regular holidaymaker around the islands with her family, is taking part in this year's Brave the Shave charity where she will have all her hair cut off to raise money for Macmillan.

And she's already raised a third of her £500 target.

Festival fans impressed by her dancing can show their own appreciation and donate to her effort at this link to her appeal page.

https://bravetheshave.org.uk/shavers/melissa-benfold/
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