Local News for Wednesday 13th June 2018

Exceptional dry weather comes to an end
The exceptional spell of dry weather in Lewis has come to an end with the first ‘measurable precipitation’ for over three weeks falling today. Increasingly wet and windy weather is now moving in, after a record number of dry days in May and June. Exact measurements aren’t helped by the fact that the Met Office radar at Druim a Starraig is currently under repair and awaiting parts, but weather expert Eddy Graham said there had been 22 consecutive days when not even a tenth of a millimetre of rain had been detected. The Met Office has issued a warning for strong winds in the Western Isles, effective from 3am to 3pm tomorrow, during which time gusts up to 60mph are likely.

Work starts on Iolaire path
Work has started on a new access path to allow walkers safe access to the Iolaire Memorial at Holm. The work, which will take approximately eight weeks to complete, will cost £170 thousand and is being carried out by the Breedon Group. It includes a fenced, tarred, wheelchair-friendly path to the memorial site, together with preparatory works for the new commemorative sculptures, planned to mark the centenary of the disaster. These have been commissioned by An Lanntair. Norman A Macdonald, chairman of the Iolaire Working Group, said, "The works to the path are part of the ongoing planning for the 100th commemoration of the Iolaire tragedy and will make the Iolaire Memorial more accessible for members of the public. We are very pleased to have reached this stage and look forward to the seeing the path works complete later in the summer."

Royal Mail picks Harris as ‘picture perfect’
Royal Mail has selected the west side of Harris as the most picture perfect postal route in Britain. The 85-mile route takes in all the beachside communities of Seilebost, Luskentyre and Northton, as well as the Bays, and takes postie Donald Morrison about five hours to complete. Donald, who has worked the route for 27 years, told newspapers: “All the roads have fantastic views, whether it is mountains, the beaches or the small villages.”