Local News for Thursday 20th December 2018


All those who love their West Coast Teuchter Music ‘rocked up’ are in for a treat this Festive season and also next year as local band, Peat & Diesel release their first single on wee Studio Records. The single – ‘Salt and Pepper’ is out now and the Album will be released in 2019.

The Band said:

‘The music was made in the early hours of the morning after mad sessions in Stornoway. We recorded a couple and they went viral with over 239,000 views on Facebook alone. ( Band Link - https://www.facebook.com/PEATANDDIESEL/ ) We have since played at large west coast festivals, many village halls, pubs and clubs’.

The band members are Uileam on Drums, Innes on Accordion and Boydie on ’guitars & other stuff’. Boydie also lists his interests as ‘boats, sessions, fishing, craic, marag dhub, crofts, peats, lorries, accordions, ceilidhs, Cameron terrace filling station and seals’. Well, you can’t get much more Hebridean than that and we wish the lads great success with their new releases!


A powerful commemoration of the Iolaire disaster has been completed on South Beach in Stornoway in time for the New Year centenary.
‘Sheòl an Iolaire/The Iolaire Sailed’ is Stornoway Port Authority’s dramatic, visual tribute to the Iolaire.

The sculpture, an arresting physical outline of the ship, symbolically brings the Iolaire back to port, completing the final mile of the voyage for the men who never made it home.

The installation on South Beach, between the town’s main piers, is a full-scale representation of the Iolaire’s hull, pinpointed in the sand with 280 wooden posts - one for each man aboard.

Of these markers 79 have been painted white to represent the number of known survivors and 201 have been left plain to represent the losses.
‘Sheòl an Iolaire’ is being covered and uncovered by tide and illuminated for the duration of the installation over December and January.

Time lapse videos of the installation can be viewed here:



Angus MacNeil and Alasdair Allan, the MP and MSP for the Western Isles, have backed a fundraising campaign to build a community-owned wind farm in North Uist, which aims to generate more than £105,000 a year for good causes.

UistWind is in the final stages of raising the money the community needs to put towards its development of two 900kW turbines at Criongrabhal, near Clachan-na-Luib.
It needs to raise at least £350,000 by the end of the year and last night launched a Crowdfunder appeal, in addition its Community Share Offer, which currently stands at £332,550.

Angus Brendan MacNeil said:

“North Uist Development Company have worked tirelessly to bring this vital community wind project to this stage. I would urge people across the islands to support the project and help to shape a sustainable and positive future for North Uist and allow them to benefit from a community wind project as has been the case in other parts of the Hebrides.”

Donations of any size can be made to the Crowdfunder appeal – crowdfunder.co.uk/uistwind – while shares, starting at £250, can be purchased through the website, www.uistwind.com.