Local News for Wednesday 7th June 2017

‘Unforgettable’ experience of OneLove
An Isles FM volunteer has spoken of the ‘unforgettable’ experience of being a security worker at Sunday evening’s OneLove concert in Manchester. Fergus Marshall, of Callanish, volunteers at Isles FM during his holidays, and was a regular member of the support team when he was a pupil at the Nicolson Institute. On Sunday he was working at Old Trafford as a security officer, a part-time job he has while continuing maritime studies in Glasgow. The concert was organised by US artist Ariana Grande in memory of the 22 people who died, and others who were injured, when a bomb was detonated at the Manchester arena two weeks ago. 14-year-old Eilidh Macleod of Barra lost her life, and her friend Laura Macintyre remains seriously ill in hospital, after the atrocity. Fergus told Isles FM after the concert: “Whenever there's a tragedy in this country I love how we can all come together as one. People were so co-operative, young and old, towards security with many of them coming and shaking my hand, hugging me and thanking me for keeping them safe. I will forever remember the day that the whole country came together as one.”

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Local News for Tuesday 6th June 2017

Hurry up for HebCelt
Ferry operator Caledonian MacBrayne (CalMac) is urging people coming to Stornoway for the HebCelt Festival in July to book their ferry travel as soon as possible. Extra sailings on the peak day for travel, Sunday July 23rd, are already booking up fast, and although cars, caravans and motorbikes always need to book, it’s now looking like even foot passenger tickets could be snapped up fast. Stornoway port manager Iain Don Maciver said: "We strongly encourage those planning to journey to and from Stornoway for the weekend of HebCelt, including foot passengers, to book their ferry slots as soon as possible. Sunday is a particularly busy day with festival goers making their way home and it will be essential to have a valid booking for vehicles and passengers that day. Tickets can be booked online at www.calmac.co.uk – the reservations should be made as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. Foot passengers are used to being able to turn up on the day without booking, but our message to them, particularly on the Sunday, is that this approach is unlikely to work and they may well find themselves disappointed."

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Local News Update for Monday 5th June 2017

Eilidh at rest at her island home
Barra teenager Eilidh Macleod has been laid to rest in the churchyard at Vatersay, where she grew up for the first 12 years of her short life. 14-year-old Eilidh died two weeks ago in the Manchester arena bombing, where her friend Laura Macintyre was also seriously injured.

Eilidh’s funeral today at the church of Our Lady, Star of the Sea in Castlebay was attended by over 1,000 people, including government ministers, police and local authority representatives, schoolfriends and fellow musicians. Eilidh’s casket was carried to the church by family members, led by her father Roddy Macleod, followed by her mother Marion and two sisters, and preceded by a lone piper. A requiem mass for the repose of her soul was then said by parish priest and family friend Father John Paul Mackinnon.

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Local News for Monday 5th June 2017

Island falls silent in grief
The Island of Barra falls silent today as the family and friends of Eilidh Macleod gather to mourn the loss of a young life cut cruelly short just two weeks ago. 14-year-old Eilidh was one of the last victims of the Manchester bombing to be named and she is the first to be laid to rest. Bereft parents Roddy and Marion travelled with her remains from Manchester yesterday, the tiny plane landing on Traigh Mhor at lunchtime, met and blessed by parish priest Father John Paul Mackinnon. Airport firefighters were among those who lifted her casket, draped in the green flag of Barra, and carried it to the hearse to be driven home to Castlebay. Ahead walked piper Duncan Nicholson, son of Eilidh’s piping tutor Donald Patrick Nicolson, playing slow airs that Eilidh, a keen piper, had been learning.

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