Local News for Friday 10th November 2017

Island Trad nominees need votes!
The annual Scots Traditional Music awards shortlist has been announced, and the nominees include island musicians. The Trads, organised by Hands Up for Trad and sponsored by MG Alba, are a public vote award, and people have until November 24th to vote for one, or all of the categories. Among islanders nominated are Josie Duncan, who is in the shortlist for best folk band with her singing partner Pablo Lafuente, and who is also nominated as part of best up and coming band Inyal. The lively band Hò-Ro, featuring Stornoway musicians Keith Morrison and DC Macmillan, has also been nominated for best up and coming band and Skipinnish, with lead singer Norrie Tago Maciver from Carloway, is in the running as live act of the year. Nominated as venue of the year for its support of traditional music is An Lanntair. You can place your votes using the link on the Isles FM Facebook page. Winners in all categories will be announced at Na Trads in Paisley on December 2nd.

Debaters through to semi-finals
The Nicolson Institute A team is through to the semi-finals of the annual National Gaelic Schools debate, taking place at the BBC’s Pacific Quay building in Glasgow on 28th November. First rounds of the debating competition were held in Stornoway’s e-Sgoil building this week, where judges Iain Stephen Morrison, Christina Walker and Angus MacDonald also put Gairloch High School, Lochaber High School and Glasgow Gaelic School through to the semi-finals. At Glasgow the Nicolson Institute A will face Gairloch High School to debate "We have to assume that detailed information about us keeps us safe and healthy in today's world." The winner of Debate A will face the winner of Debate B in the final on the topic "Glasgow should be named as Scotland's capital city instead of Edinburgh." That’s to be debated in the Scottish Parliament building on November 29th and will be broadcast live on BBC Radio nan Gàidheal.

Alex reaches finish line
Marathon RNLI fundraiser Alex Ellis Roswell will cross the finishing line in his own personal epic journey on Saturday, after 9,500 miles of solo walking around the coasts of Britain and Ireland. Alex started the year in Barra, and walked the length of the Western Isles in January before carrying on round the whole coast of Scotland. He’s since covered the distance down the east coast of England and will be back at his starting point, Minnis Bay near Margate in Kent, at about 2pm on Saturday. The whole journey has taken him over three years and he’s been welcomed at RNLI lifeboat stations and by strangers who have become friends at every stage of the way. Alex chose to support the RNLI because they rescue 23 people every single day, are volunteers and don't get a penny from the government. His aim is to raise £10 for every mile of his walk, so his 9,500 miles raises £95,000, and the total currently stands at £63,000. Before completing the walk, Alex said: “Thank you to the thousands of people who have donated and supported and cheered me on over the past three years. You can still donate at www.bt.com/DonateToLifeboats”

Remembrance this weekend
Remembrance Sunday services will be held at churches in Stornoway on Sunday from 10.50pm, with Martin’s Memorial Church, the High Church, St Columba’s and St Peter’s all participating in the annual service of remembrance. Following the church services, the uniformed organisations and associations will march from Martin's Memorial through the town and Lord Lieutenant of the Western Isles Donald Martin will take the salute at Carn Gardens on South Beach. A dedication service, to which all are welcome, will be conducted at the newly-renovated the Lewis War Memorial by Rev. William Heenan. It will begin at the Memorial Garden at approximately 12.45pm, with a bus going to the Memorial Garden from the bus station at 12.30pm. Members of the British Legion and all associations who wish to attend the procession will assemble at the former club premises on South Beach Street at 10am. Medals should be worn.