Local News for Tuesday 26th April 2016

Festival season starts
The islands’ musical festival season begins this weekend in Skye, with Skye Live on Friday 29th  and Saturday 30th April at the King George V Sports Ground in Portree. On the bill are artists including King Creosote, Skipinnish, Capercaillie and Donnie Munro, the daredevil skills of mountain-biker Danny MacAskill, plus food from the island's gourmet chefs at Michelin-starred restaurants, who will be serving specially created dishes to festival-goers on Saturday.


 
Superfast broadband reaches Barra
600 households in Castlebay and Northbay, Barra and in Eriskay are among the 122,000 addresses across the Highlands and Islands due to get superfast broadband through the Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband rollout. More than 120 villages which would not have been reached through the commercial market are now linked to the fibre network, though residents need to sign up for a fibre service with their chosen provider, as upgrades aren't automatic. Engineers expect the first fibre connections to be available in the villages by this autumn as Openreach, BT's local network business, continues work on the ground. This first phase of the roll-out is to set to reach 84% of premises by the end of 2016.
 
DIY le Donnie
DIY amateurs are needed for a new series of DIY le Donnie on BBC Alba this autumn. Donnie ‘Dotaman’ Macleod is due to start filming in Lewis and Harris in June, and families with DIY projects from decking to plumbing can get Donnie’s help and take part in the programme. Anyone interested in spending a couple of days on DIY le Donnie is asked to call 0141 422 7447 before May 20th, or send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., giving your own details and a brief description of the DIY job in hand.
 
Memorial event for fishermen’s families
Fundraising continues for the families of the fishermen lost in the sinking of the FV Louisa, while at anchor off Mingulay earlier this month. Tickets for a memorial concert on May 21st at Castlebay Hall have just gone on sale, priced £10, and organisers are also asking for further artists to add to the bill of local performers donating their time. Tickets are available from local shops in Castlebay and you can find out more on the Facebook page of the Barra RNLI Lifeboat.
 
League football season starts
The first matches in the Lewis and Harris Football League saw four teams on the field in arctic conditions last night. Aths went down to Lochs in Stornoway 1-3 and the Westside tussle saw Westside 2 to Carloway’s one goal. Westside and Carloway go head to head again on Friday in the Acres Boys Club cup final.