Local News for Friday 27th July 2018

The Annual Westside Show takes place today Friday, 27th July at their new venue, with the gates opening at 12pm and the Show scheduled to start at 1pm. Volunteers are URGENTLY required for the Event.

Inclement weather has impacted the show in recent years and this year the Committee undertook to make good a large area of ground beside the Barvas Community Hall to enable them to reduce the impact of inclement weather in the future.

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Local News for Thursday 26th July 2018

The culture minister has led a chorus of praise for the record-breaking Hebridean Celtic Festival which ended at the weekend after its most successful year.
Fiona Hylsop, Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs, said: “HebCelt is a marvellous example of how a well-organised event, supported by its community, can be an international success economically, culturally and socially. It is not only a great success story for Stornoway and the Hebrides, but also for Scotland, as it promotes our wonderful traditional music and culture across the world.”
Festival director Caroline MacLennan said: ‘This year’s festival has been an amazing experience and the most successful in our 23-year history’.

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Local News for 25th July 2018

Eighteen drivers will be reported for offences relating to driving under the influence of drink or drugs in the Highlands and Islands during a recent safety campaign.
Detections were made across the region during the national summer initiative, which ran from Friday, June 29 until Friday, July 13.
During the weekend immediately after this - from Saturday, July 14 until early hours of Monday, July 16 - a further six drivers were stopped with reports to be submitted to the Procurator Fiscal in connection with alleged drink or drug driving.
Of the 18 detections during the period of the campaign, 15 were in relation to drink driving and three alleged drug driving. A total of 281 negative breath tests were also recorded during the campaign period.

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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.

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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.”

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