Local News for Tuesday 18th July 2017

Royal opening for Harris Tweed
The new extension for Harris Tweed Hebrides is to be formally opened by Her Royal Highness Princess Anne, the Princess Royal, on Friday July 28th. The Princess Royal is patron of the UK Fashion and Textiles Association and has been a regular visitor to the Western Isles since her childhood, when she came to the lighthouse at Tiumpanhead with her family, a visit which sparked a lifelong love of lighthouses. She’ll unveil a plaque at the major new extension to the Harris Tweed Hebrides production facility at Shawbost Mill, and will also tour the mill and speak to employees.

Man arrested over injuries
A disturbance at a house in South Uist at the weekend led to a 41-year-old man being arrested by police. The man was involved in a disturbance which led to a man and a woman being injured at a house in Iochdar at around 9pm on Sunday. The 41-year-old has been arrested and will appear in court.

Tourism businesses report cancellations ‘because of ferries’
Tourism businesses are claiming damage to their income as a result of ferry services being overbooked over the busiest week of the year, as visitors stream towards Stornoway for the Hebridean Celtic Festival. One accommodation provider said he had lost three nights of bookings for two rooms when his guests found they were unable to book a place on the ferry to travel to Lewis. CalMac has warned for some time that all places on this week’s ferries should be booked ahead to ensure travelling, but the issue of the single-ferry log-jam has not gone away, with many saying this shortage would have been avoided if the Scottish Government had ensured two ferries were available for the Stornoway Ullapool crossing.