Jim from Thealby, North Lincolnshire
This man can lift serious stone, run marathons - early risers could watch in awe at his morning Lighthouse runs - and has identified the perfect patch on his leg for a sheepdyke tattoo!
(Big shout out to Sharon - Jim's wife/PA - who booked his entire trip!)
Claire from Co. Wicklow, Ireland
Claire didn't just bring a bucketload of enthusiasm and hard graft to the Festival - she brought her ukulele too!
There aren't many who can get an entire bar singing 'Valerie' with harmonies, compose an 'Ode to North Ronaldsay' and conduct a radio interview on BBC Scotland all in one day. Claire can!
Arthur from Streatham, London
30 hours of dyke building weren't enough for Arthur, who set off the morning after the Dance (when many were nursing sore heads) to complete a section of drystone wall that wasn't quite finished. Ever the perfectionist, he also invented the 'NR Whisky Mac' when the evening's bar ran dry of tonic water... though popular opinion agreed that his skills lie in walling rather than mixology!
Jonathan from Blyth, Northumberland
Leaving most of us exhausted just by watching him, there wasn't an activity that Jon didn't embrace - from creel fishing to punding to making his own felt crafts - he took to the Island like a sheep to seaweed ;)
He's already vowed to come back next year.
Jon - it wouldn't be the same without you!
David from Epping, Essex
Dave's attention to detail was admirable (his coping - the line of vertical stones placed along the top of the dyke - was so perfect it earnt the nickname 'showboating' by jealous fellow builders!) He was with us the longest of all our volunteers and left with new-found sheep shearing skills and the steps to several Scottish reels - his 'Strip the Willow' proving particularly impressive.
Jed from Kingston, London
Jed is about to gain a qualification in drystone walling, so the Sheep Festival was the perfect place for him to hone his skills, especially since North Ronaldsay dyke is rather unique in its assembly!
Besides the hard graft he put in, Jed spent his downtime identifying the Island's flora and avifauna - and educating the rest of us in the process!
Nigel from Kent
As a group leader for the Kent Wildlife Trust, Nigel is big on conservation and wildlife... and travel (he and his wife Tish visited the Festival during a three-month island hop of the Orkney Islands).
Never afraid to wield a pickaxe, Nigel's attention to the foundations of sheepdyke needing to be re-built from scratch meant the rest of us could build it up safe in the knoweldge that it was rock-steady.
Hayley and Ronan from Kirkwall, Orkney
Hayley's grandmother lived on North Ronaldsay while Ronan himself grew up here before moving to the Mainland. Both travel back several times during the year to help with punding and maintain family houses. Hayley and her boyfriend Gordon made a formidable building team, while Ronan (14) and his sister Lilly (12) followed in their ancestors' footsteps and re-built an impressive amount of sheepdyke.
Robin from Brockworth, Gloucestershire
Robin's approach to the fallen sheepdyke was calm and considered - when others were piling on stone at speed, he would take the time to assess the needs of each indiviudal section and choose flagstones accordingly - a method that ensured strength and stability in the sheepdyke.
Jo from Helmingham, Suffolk
Despite suffering our first 'stone vs thumb' injury of the fortnight, Jo's strength and perseverence shone through and impressed all.
Always ready with a smile and the perfect stone, Jo threw herself into the Festival, tackling one of the harder sections the group encountered with gusto (a vertical slope above the sea, below)
John from London
Having grown up on North Ronaldsay, John is passionate about seeing the Island's future secured for generations to come. As well as spending his visit home building with the Festival (which harked back to his childhood days of helping his parents manage fallen sheepdyke) John is an active member of the North Ronaldsay Trust, leading regeneration projects and potential funding plans.
Kevin and Alison from The North Ronaldsay Bird Observatory for their tireless work and effort in directing the building work
Bryony and all the fantastic staff from the NR Bird Observatory (sticky toffee pudding anyone?)
Ian, Sinclair and Bertie for their unparalleled advice and guidance - a highlight for the volunteers and knowledge to pass on and treasure
Heather for the music
Sarah for making North Ronaldsay her home
And to all who helped with the Festival Activities:
Peter and The North Ronaldsay Trust
Alison and the NR Community Association
Helga and Michael's wonderful 'A Sense of Place' art exhibition
Wendy, Sheila and all involved in the Island Dance
Mark and Rebecca for her seaweed talk and his beautiful Film Night (anyone heading to Stromness, check out West Side Cinema for a unique cinematic experience)
Billy and the Northern Lighthouse Board for his tours
Jean and her Island Treasure Hunt
Helen for her tours of the Wool Mill, felting workshops and manning the Lighthouse Cafe
Lilly, Leah and Chloe for their expert clipping lessons
Ian for his impromptu creel fishing trip
To all who supported the Island events and made the experience truly memorable for our volunteers - thank you
(have we forgotten someone? Let us know by adding their name and details here)
Hannah and Mark from Kingston, London
Jim from Shetland
Anna and Martin from Amsterdam
Pam and Ian from Sydney and Scotland
Jane and Mike, soon-to-be living in Stromness (good luck with the new job!)
Sue and Nigel from Sheffield, Yorkshire
David C and family from Grantham, Lincolnshire
Robert from Milton Keynes
Julian from Northumberland
Laura from Ellon, Aberdeenshire
Dan from Scottigar
JD and Kate from Kingston, London
Dusty from Ashstead, Surrey
Alice from Denver, Colorado
Anna from Wandsworth, London
Jane and sister
Bird Observatory musicians