Local News for Friday 22nd June 2018

HebCelt shop opening
The HebCelt shop is due to open on Monday in a new location, right on top of one of the festival’s open-air performance spaces opposite An Lanntair. It’s in the former Gazette shop, where festival-goers will be able to collect tickets, get merchandise and join in the festival atmosphere as the big event draws closer. HebCelt organisers are still looking for a handful of volunteers to join the team selling bar drinks tokens and Eco-cups. They are looking for a mature attitude to customer relations, good interpersonal skills and ability to interact positively under pressure. Cash handling experience necessary. You can apply via the festival website www.hebceltfest.com . This year’s festival runs from July 18th to 21st and will be headlined by the Fratellis and Decon Blue, with world class acts including Eddi Reader, Roddy Woomble and Skipinnish also in the four-day line-up. Local festival-goers are encouraged to collect their tickets early before visitors make the trip to Lewis, swelling the Stornoway population to more than twice its usual size.

Weekend sport
There are Highland Amateur Cup third round matches on the mainland on Saturday for Lochs away to Avoch, kick-off 1pm, and at Bught Park for Aths against Tomatin and Westside against Loch Ness.

Lewis Camanachd are at home to Lochaber on Saturday with a 2.30pm throw-up. It’s the first of a run of three challenging home fixtures, Lochaber, Lovat and Kilmallie. The club are hopeful that all the clubs are able to make the trip to Lewis this season.