Local News for Wednesday 11th April 2018

First steps to bringing Leverburgh Lifeboat home
Leverburgh’s volunteer RNLI crew have set out on the first stage of bringing their new Shannon Class Lifeboat, 13-25 Stella and Humfrey Berkeley, home to Harris.This week some of the crew headed to Poole to undertake a few days training first, then to begin a sea journey broken at various places along the way. The formal arrival and welcome ceremony of the new vessel is at Leverburgh on April 21st.

Meanwhile Barra’s RNLI Severn Class lifeboat, 17-12 Edna Windsor, has just finished her refit at Alexander Noble and Sons marine engineers yard in Girvan and is undergoing commissioning and trials before returning to service. While she’s been away RNLI Severn class lifeboat 17-31 has been in service at Castlebay.

Harris Tweed Authority’s landmark win
The Harris Tweed Authority has issued a robust message of celebration after winning £25,000 damages in court. An Edinburgh retail chain infringed its registered marks, using the Harris Tweed ® name and famous Orb device on the outside of their premises without permission, creating a false impression that the Harris Tweed Authority was in some way associated with the outlets. In February 2017, the Authority raised an action in the Court of Session, Edinburgh against Cashmere & Tartans Limited (trading as Tartan House of Scotland). A court order now permanently prevents Cashmere & Tartans Ltd from infringing the Authority’s registered marks or from suggesting their services are in any way connected to the Authority. They cannot pass off goods as Harris Tweed when they are in fact not made from the famous Hebridean cloth. The Authority said this week: “We’re just protecting what is very important to us. We launched legal action following concerns that a number of retail outlets were using our HARRIS TWEED name and Orb on the outside of their premises without permission, creating a false impression that we were in some way associated with these outlets. Don’t let this be you. Don’t abuse our Trademark. Don’t assume it’s OK.”

Harris Tweed bike ride
Harris Tweed enthusiasts can celebrate on Saturday with the third annual Harris Tweed bike ride, a gentle circuit of the town in full Tweed clothing and with frequent stops for gourmet refreshments and photos. The popular event is being organised by An Lanntair with registration from 9:30am and a 10am start. The coveted gensaidhe buidhe (yellow jumper) and gensaidhe geal (white jumper) will be awarded at the end of the ride to the best-dressed senior and junior riders, with scones with jam just some of the treats on offer during and after the ride. Participation costs just £5 and you can cheer the winners at An Lanntair’s forecourt following the cycle.

Golden Eagle challenge
The deadline’s getting closer for those wishing to take part in the first Golden Eagle challenge, a new duathlon event organised by The Leanne Fund as a major anniversary fundraiser this summer. Although the date of the 30-mile run and cycle is not until July 14th, the deadline for registration is just a couple of weeks away on April 30th. The event will follow a 10.6 mile running route and 19.7 mile cycle around the Isle of Harris, where at least 20 pairs of Golden Eagles are known to nest. It’s sponsored by the Isle of Harris Distillery and is sure to attract visiting competitors as well as island athletes. The Leanne Fund aims to improve the lives of people with Cystic Fibrosis and is named in memory of Leanne Mitchell, who would have been 30 this year.

Midweek football
Both Ness and Aths are through to the next round of the Acres Boys Club Cup after managing wins against their opponents on Monday evening. Aths beat town rivals United 3-1 at Goathill, while Ness put on a strong performance against Back to reach the next round with a scoreline of 3-nil. The last of the first-round matches in the ABC cup is played tonight at Garrabost between Point and Westside, kick-off 6.30pm.