Local News for Tuesday 24th July 2018
This year’s Hebridean Celtic Festival looks set to become the most successful in its 23-year history after selling out all four nights.
Audiences from across the world enjoyed a wide range of acts in the Castle green venue, including headliners Deacon Blue, The Fratellis, Eddi Reader, Skipinnish and Roddy Woomble. HebCelt’s previous most successful year was in 2016 when Runrig appeared during a nationwide tour in support of their 14th - and last – studio album, The Story. An independent survey of the 2016 festival showed attendances reached 17,830 and it generated more than £2.2 million for the islands’ economy and helped safeguard 40 tourism-related jobs.
Read more: Local News for Tuesday 24th July 2018
Local News for Monday 23rd July 2018
Tickets for Iolaire Community Remembrance Event
The Iolaire Working Group is pleased to announce that the public will be able to reserve tickets for the Iolaire Community Remembrance Event from 9am on Monday 10th September 2018. The event, hosted by Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, will take place at 9:30pm on Monday 31st December 2018 in the Lewis Sports Centre, and is the civic event to mark the centenary of the Iolaire tragedy, featuring military and school band performances, poetry readings and songs, drama in addition to spiritual elements.
Norman A MacDonald, Chairman of the Iolaire Working Group, said: "The capacity for the event in the Lewis Sports Centre is 720 and therefore, although tickets will be free of charge, there will only a limited number available and we do anticipate a high demand for tickets. Tickets will be on a first come first served basis and will be available to reserve from 9am on Monday 10th September. We would encourage the public to be mindful of older family members, neighbours or friends, who may wish to attend but may not have access to the internet and/or phone. This will be an opportunity for our community to bring in the New Year together as we remember the men and families associated with HMY Iolaire.”
Read more: Local News for Monday 23rd July 2018