Local News for Friday 20th July 2018

FRATELLIS Headline Friday Night at Heb Celt Fest
Glasgow trio he Fratellis’ most famous song is as familiar to football and ice hockey supporters as it is to fans at their live shows.
Tonight it will be the turn of the Hebridean Celtic Festival audience to belt out the infectious chorus of ‘Chelsea Dagger’ which appeared on the band’s first album 12 years ago. As well as a crowd pleaser at gigs, the song has been adopted, and adapted, by fans at both Celtic and Chelsea. When asked what they were expecting at HebCelt? The fratellies said: “Well, We'd love some sunshine. Other than that, a gig to remember is always the goal. With us the very least people can expect is a lot of effort and a good dance.”
As well as earlier material, the band, who headline the festival’s main stage tonight, will showcase new songs from their fifth album ‘In Your Own Sweet Time’, which was released in March to critical acclaim and is already one of their favourites.

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Local News for Thursday 19th July 2018

Sponsors Support Essential For Hebcelt’s Success
Caroline Maclennan, Director of the Hebridean Celtic festival has spoken about how The success of HebCelt relies heavily on Sponsors support and the goodwill of the Community. ‘As a grassroots event almost entirely managed and produced by voluntary effort, that ongoing community support is vital. Such a major undertaking would be impossible without people, businesses and organisations giving their time and effort in kind when needed, sometimes unexpectedly.
‘We also need funding and we appreciate all the help we get from bodies such as Creative Scotland, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar and Highlands and Islands Enterprise, who have been long-time supporters and help us fulfil our mission to promote traditional music, the Gaelic language and the wider island culture.
‘To supplement our core public funding, we lean on private sector support to ensure our programme is as strong and diverse as possible to appeal to all sections of the community.

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Local News for Wednesday 18th July 2018

Councillor Is Joint Vice President
Councillor Alasdair Macleod of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has been appointed as Joint Vice President of the Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions’ influential Islands Commission for 2018/19. Councillor Macleod shares this position, on a six monthly rotation, with Mr Filip Reinhag, Vice Mayor of Gotland Island, Sweden.
Cllr Macleod, said, “In the Western Isles, we view ourselves as Europeans and we have benefited greatly from membership of CPMR’s Islands Commission over many years. The Islands Commission engages on our behalf at the highest level within the European Union and will continue to do so after Brexit as we continue to access vital EU research and development funds.

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Local News for Tuesday 17th July 2018

UK Government must get on with the day job for fishing
Na h-Eileanan an Iar SNP MP Angus MacNeil is calling on the UK Government to get on with the day job and ensure that much needed non-European Economic Area (EEA) workers are granted the necessary visas to work on island fishing boats.
Mr MacNeil has continued to raise at Westminster the need for urgent action to address crew shortages by allowing non-EEA workers to fill the labour gaps which have left local boats tied up at the pier.
Mr MacNeil said:
"Our fishing industry is crying out for help, yet the UK Government continues to refuse non-EEA crew the necessary paperwork to enable them to come to Scotland to work on our fishing boats

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Local News for Monday 16th July 2018

MSP Alasdair Allan Backs Marie Curie Call
Na h-Eileanan an Iar SNP MSP Alasdair Allan has lent his support to help improve the lives of people in Scotland living with terminal illness.

Meeting with representatives from Marie Curie, the terminal illness charity recently, Alasdair was interested to hear about efforts to encourage people to think about their wishes for the end of their life and discuss preferences with loved ones. The charity has published a free information resource to support conversations called ‘You Matter’, available to download from www.mariecurie.org.uk/youmatter

Read more: Local News for Monday 16th July 2018