Local News for Monday 21st May 2018

Kerry and Kirsty’s big day out
South Uist cyclists Kerry and Kirsty MacPhee enjoyed a spectacular day in Windsor on Saturday, basking in the sunshine and cheering the new Duke and Duchess of Sussex as they celebrated their wedding. The pair were invited to attend the Royal Wedding as representatives of the Western Isles, and were accompanied by their partners Lewis Oliphant and Angus Elliott. They bagged a prime spot outside St George’s chapel, Windsor, and were able to watch not only the royal party but numerous celebrities as they came and went.

Scalpay Bistro tops the lot
Chef George Lavery of the North Harbour Bistro in Scalpay walked away from the Scottish Food Awards a winner, after being handed the award for informal fine dining chef of the year. The awards, held in Edinburgh yesterday, recognise the best in food and drink served in Scotland, honouring the people behind the food as well as the products themselves. George was a nominee in a number of categories and secured the win for the quality of the fresh food and presentation at the popular Scalpay eatery.

RBS ‘clogs ferry’
The Royal Bank of Scotland has been accused of ‘clogging up’ the ferry service to Barra after trialling their mobile banking van, ahead of threatened closure of the RBS branch in Castlebay. Isles MP Angus MacNeil, who is a Barra resident, said the van takes up valuable deck space on the Sound of Barra ferry. He said: “Our ferries are very busy owing to the success of RET and the efforts that have been made to attract people to the islands. However, we do need every inch of deck space on the ferries. RBS needlessly sending a van to Barra is using up valuable deck space, inevitably people will be left behind because of RBS ill-conceived closure plans, which is bad for our island economy. Using a ferry is simply not the answer. What would be helpful would be to keep the Castlebay branch open and Lochboisdale open as normal. Instead of this RBS are giving us a sub-standard service and clogging ferries which are our arteries of commerce. John Glen MP the Economic Secretary to HM Treasury will certainly be made aware of this when he visits in August.”

The Goathill pitch has fallen prey to the weather once again, with rain stopping tonight’s match between United and Carloway. Going ahead are tonight's League fixtures between Back and Point, Westside v Aths at Barvas Hall, and possibly Lochs v Ness at Creagan Dubh, although a pitch inspection at 4pm will assess condition after the rain and determine whether that match goes ahead. All kick-offs are scheduled for 7pm. The draw has been made for the Coop Cup Quarter Final, to be held on Saturday June 16th, or on the Friday evening if both sides agree. The draws are as follows: Barra v Carloway, Ness v Lochs, Westside v United and
Point v Back.

In the shinty, Lewis Camanachd held Beauly to a draw at Shawbost on Saturday, with Alexander Gordon scoring Lewis’s only goal in the 47th minute. Lewis’s next match is on June 2nd, also at home and this time against Inverness.

Stornoway Rugby Club were beaten at home by Garioch in their last game of the season on Saturday, the scoreline 19-31. Stornoway finish the season bottom of the league and threatened with relegation, after 731 points were scored against them to their answering 238 points in the season.