Local News for Wednesday 9th May 2018

Laxdale School in national Remembrance final
The pupils of Laxdale School have had their design for a World War One commemoration shortlisted in a national competition. Poppy Scotland named the project, put forward by Gaelic Medium teachers Mrs Barden and Mr Maciver, as one of six finalists in the Poppy Places and Spaces competition, which encourages young people to learn more about the First World War. Primary 3-7 pupils have designed a seated area around an existing bench, with wall murals, plants grown in their own poly-tunnel, and Gaelic poetry written by themselves, encouraging people to sit and reflect on the sacrifices of the war, as well as the tragedy of the Iolaire. The school’s janitor has agreed to make wooden poppies and paint them brightly before fixing them to the refurbished bench. Poppy Scotland’s Isla Campbell Lupton said: “It’s a really simple, effective idea and it would work really well within the budget.” The competition winners will be decided by public vote – you can support Laxdale School with your vote by following the link on our Facebook page. http://learning.poppyscotland.org.uk/competition/

Official appeal for witnesses
Stornoway Police are investigating the alleged dangerous driving of a white coloured Audi car which was being driven on the Braighe at about 6:15 PM on Thursday the 3rd of May. Police are keen to speak with any drivers who were on this road at this time who may be able to help with enquiries. Stornoway Police can be contacted via the non-emergency number 101. Please quote NH1032/18.

Appeal for roadside heroes
A mother who was trapped with her son in their crashed car on Thursday evening last week is searching for the good Samaritans who stopped to help. Taxi driver Niki Church and her son were lucky to escape when their car left the Lochs road near Laxay, and they had to be cut from the wreckage by firefighters. An off-duty nurse and a couple stopped to help and stayed with the pair while emergency services came, one climbing into the car to calm Niki’s son while they were cut free. Niki said: “It’s all a blur, but we’re home now and recovering from what was an extremely traumatic experience. I would like to thank you wholeheartedly for being there.”

‘No agreement’ on disposal of Uist police station
The disposal of Lochboisdale Police Station by Police Scotland has not been agreed by the community, according to Highlands and Islands MSP Rhoda Grant. Mrs Grant says the Scottish Police Authority Board identified four properties of the 53 identified for disposal, where local community representatives did not agree to the sale of the building. One of these is at Lochboisdale, and she says there is still time for South Uist islanders to influence what happens next. Mrs Grant said: “I understand that the decision to sell off the Police offices at Lochboisdale will be reviewed with a further consultation taking place between now and the 3rd August with regards to the way forward. I do hope that the public will be listened to and I would ask the communities to make their views known by means of the public consultation before the closing date.” The Police Scotland property review information can be found bvia www.spa.police.uk

Harris Gin is Scotland’s favourite
Harris Gin has been named as the best in Scotland by a vote of gin-lovers, in a poll by the Scottish Gin Society. The unique tipple, distilled at the Harris Distillery in Tarbert, came out top of over 150 gins, beating even the iconic Edinburgh Gin by a large margin. A distillery spokesman said: “Just a few short years ago, few people outside Tarbert could have imagined the Isle of Harris would become widely renowned for making beautiful gin. But thanks to the talents of our local distillers and distillery team, times have certainly changed.”