Local News for Wednesday 16th November 2016

Storm heroes on island ferries
A new BBC Alba series which started last night focusess on the work of two Barra mariners in keeping the ferries running. Storm Heroes gives Caledonian MacBrayne lifeline routes a feature role throughout, with masters from MVs Hebrides and Lord of the Isles talking about stormy weather and the challenges they face getting through, as well as the difficult choices they must sometimes make. The four-part series, in Gaelic with English subtitles, sees presenter Donnie Mackay joining people who leave their warm beds to battle the elements on our behalf. We see how they prepare ahead of bad weather, and how they manage to do their jobs when the storm arrives. Barra Masters Michael MacNeil, skipper of MV Hebrides and Iain MacNeil, skipper of MV Lord of the Isles, both featured in yesterday’s programme. Crews from MVs Hebrides, Loch Portain and Loch Bhrusda also feature later in the series, as does SSE Hydro worker Neil McCormick in Uist, delivering emergency power where it’s needed, and care worker Chrissie Macrae in Stornoway, who looks after the elderly in their own homes. Comhairle nan Eilean Siar roads manager Roddy MacDonald also features in a later episode.



Harris Tweed archive comes home
The whole archive of Harris Tweed is to be brought together at home in the islands, thanks to a £30,000 grant from the National Cataloguing Grants Programme. Up to now the Harris Tweed Authority archive has been split between Inverness and Stornoway, but now Tasglann nan Eilean will make the whol collection accessible to the public at the new archive facility at Lews Castle. A new job will be created too, as a project archivist will be needed to arrange, sort and catalogue the archive. At the end of the project the catalogue will be made available online, aiding those who wish to research the history of Harris Tweed.  Lorna MacAulay, Chief Executive of the Harris Tweed Authority said, "The Harris Tweed Authority fully recognise the value to our industry and brand of its history and heritage. We believe the archive will hold gems of information and inspiration which will allow us to continue to promote and protect Harris Tweed for generations to come."

Christmas show and sale
The season of livestock auctions draws to a close on a high today, with the Christmas show and sale. The show starts at 9.30am with show and sale of prime cattle and lambs, followed by the sale of all other classes of cattle and sheep.