Local News for Monday 3rd December 2018


Angus MacNeil, MP for Na h-Eileanan an Iar, has opened up his constituency office as a donation drop off point for Eilean Siar Foodbank in the run up to Christmas.

Eilean Siar Foodbank are working hard to provide food packages for islanders facing crisis situations and the weeks before Christmas are one of their busiest periods.

Mr MacNeil’s office at 31 Bayhead, Stornoway, will be a drop off point for donations of Tins, Packets, Christmas Fare and other non-perishable items from now until December 20th. A box is located in the reception area and donations can be dropped off between 10am and 4pm Monday to Friday. This will complement a collection taking place in the Stornoway Tesco store.

Mr MacNeil said: ‘It is shocking that between April 1st and September 30th this year, nearly 300 emergency 3 day food packages were given out to island residents who find themselves in a crisis situation. This included 80 packages for children. Eilean Siar Foodbank need to replenish supplies to allow them to assist families in crisis for the year ahead’.


Harris Tweed and Ishga from the Outer Hebrides have showcased their products as part of the UK Government’s ‘Taste of Scotland’ event recently. The reception was hosted by the Scottish Secretary and promoted Scotland’s finest brands.

Scottish Secretary David Mundell said: ‘Scottish food producers are world-renowned. New and innovative companies are thriving while iconic brands remain much-love household names. I am delighted to welcome Harris Tweed and Ishga to be part of this celebration.’

The ‘Taste of Scotand event, held at Dover House in Whitehall, saw Harris Tweed and Ishga selected as an exemplar brand from Scotland to promote to influential guests from around the world including Ambassadors and High Commissioners.


On New Year’s Day, 2019, an Iolaire Memorial Service will take place at the Iolaire memorial at Holm. There will be a limited number of people allowed down to the site for the service.

CalMac has confirmed the Loch Seaforth will sail out into the bay at 11:15am on 1st January to coincide with the service beginning at noon. 201 pupils from across the islands will throw flowers into the sea to represent the 201 men who were tragically lost on the Iolaire.

The service on board will be led by Rev James Maciver of the Stornoway Free Church.

There is space on board for an additional 250 members of the public.

The CalMac Ticket Office will be allocating tickets (maximum 4 per household) on a first come first serve basis strictly between 9am-11am and 3pm-5pm from today Monday 3rd December until Friday 7th December 2018.

Due to the safety restrictions at Holm, there will be a number of tickets reserved for the service on board the MV Loch Seaforth for those with accessibility requirements.

PLEASE NOTE: The service on the MV Loch Seaforth will be subject to weather conditions and cancellation at short notice.