Local News for Tuesday 9th May 2017

Major search op ends well
A major coastal search ended happily when a missing man was found sitting on rocks at Tiumpanhead last week. Police were alerted at 5am on Friday when a 41-year-old man was reported missing in the area. Coastguard volunteer teams from Stornoway, South Lochs, Ness and Bragar were called out, while both Stornoway Lifeboat and Coastguard helicopter R948 were tasked to search the cliffs around Tiumpan. Hebrides Mountain Rescue Team was also called to assist. The missing man was spotted by the helicopter team sitting on rocks at the water’s edge, on the south side of Tiumpanhead, and a group of coastguard volunteers assisted him to return up the coastal path, where he was passed into the care of police.



Labour candidate challenge
Labour's candidate in the General Election race for the Western Isles constituency has called on her opponents to join a series of public debates "to focus on issues vital to the future of the Western Isles". Ealasaid MacDonald said: "There should be no hiding place in this campaign for any candidate. The issues at stake for our islands, and the quality of representation which emerges, are too important to be left to chance.  Every voter is entitled to the offer of a proper debate. Over the next few years, the Western Isles will need committed representation on all the distinctive island issues which will arise in the course of Brexit negotiations. We need to accept the outcomes of both referendums and concentrate on the many challenges we face in these islands.  Elected representatives need to work together in the interests of their constituents".

Scalpay bistro simply the best
The North Harbour Bistro in Scalpay is officially the best place in the islands to eat, and the best place in Scotland to enjoy fresh fish. The bistro won two top awards at Sunday night’s Scottish Food Awards in Edinburgh, romping home first in the Islands restaurant of the year category, and winning a gold award for their fresh fish.
 
Big draw for island schools
Ten island primary schools are to get a visit from a children’s book author, illustrator and graphic novelist next week. Laura Ellen Anderson is the creator of the Evil Emperor Pengion graphic novels and has illustrated books including My Brother is a Superhero. From May 15th onwards Laura will lead a comic workshop for P4-7 and S1 pupils looking at comic characters, plot and creating their own story boards. Schools in Lochs, Point, Laxdale and Stornoway are among the ten who will meet  Laura during the week.
 
Bike challenge new route
The Hebridean Cycle Challenge and Walk will be held on Saturday 17th June, with new routes and without the competitive race element. It’s an excellent opportunity to get the bikes or walking boots out, enjoy the magnificent outdoors and at the same time help to raise funds for the Andrew Macleod Memorial Fund. The charity cycle will be 17 miles long and will start at the Lochside Arena just outside Stornoway, travelling over the Pentland Road to Carloway Community Hall. The five-mile charity walk is a section of the brand new walk designed by the Carloway Estate Trust, starting in Tolsta Chaolais and travelling cross-country to the community hall. To find out more about the day visit the website at www.hebrideancyclechallenge.co.uk