Local News for Thursday 12th April 2018

Isles FM gets Bags of Help from Tesco
Isles FM has been awarded bags of help from Tesco, after loyal listeners supported us in the first community vote of the year. The Bags of Help scheme takes money raised through the plastic bag tax and allocates it to a local organisation, with the selected winner decided by shoppers placing tokens in a voting box in-store. Isles FM were one of three candidates in the January and February vote in-store at Tesco’s Stornoway branch. We’ve been awarded £4000 of much-needed money thanks to public support, and we’d like to thank all our devoted listeners for putting their tokens our way.

Daily paper run agreed
Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has warmly welcomed the announcement from Loganair that it is to reintroduce the morning transport of daily newspapers to Benbecula. Chairman of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Cllr Uisdean Robertson, said: "This announcement is very good news indeed for the Uist community. A similar move was made last year with papers arriving in Stornoway earlier in the morning and this is another good example of Loganair supporting the communities that it serves. We look forward to continuing to work together in the future." Weekday services leaving Glasgow will arrive in Benbecula at 8.15am carrying the island's supply of newspapers, which will then be distributed to newsagent and shops throughout Uist. Residents will be able to conveniently purchase newspapers by mid-morning instead of waiting for the ferry arrival in the afternoon or early evening.

Cruise ship sails away
The cruise season was once again put on hold on Tuesday, when the Marco Polo, carrying 750 passengers, was unable to put anyone ashore due to sea conditions. A party of young Highland Dancers waiting at the ferry terminal to dance for the visitors since early in the morning were left disappointed, when the vessel decided not to stay because its tenders were unable to bring passengers ashore, despite bright sunshine and calm seas in the harbour. According to the Western Isles Weather Facebook page, on Tuesday the sunniest place in the entire UK was Stornoway with 8.9 hours of sunshine. The Marco Polo is one of the larger cruise vessels, which is unable to berth alongside the port’s existing piers. The next ship due, the Astoria, due on April 24th, is also scheduled to moor in the Outer Anchorage and tender passengers ashore.