Local News for Monday 1st August 2016

Funeral of Shawbost man
The funeral will be held today of Shawbost man Fred Maclean, who died as a result of a fall while climbing in Glencoe last week. 
Fred was 44 and had been living in Aberdeen. A police spokesman said he suffered fatal injuries as a result of a fall and, as with all sudden deaths, a report has been submitted to the Procurator Fiscal. Fred’s funeral is today at Shawbost Free Church at 12 noon, with a service at 11.30am. The interment will be at Bragar. Fred’s family have started a justgiving page to raise funds for Glen Coe Mountain Rescue in his memory, after the team found him and carried him down from the mountain. A family representative wrote: “The family would like to express their gratitude for Glencoe Mountain Rescue Team because of their assistance during this tragic event. Our family will be forever grateful to the volunteers for carrying his body off the mountain”. You can donate to the fund by following the link on the Isles FM facebook page. https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Marina-Fraser1

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Local News for Monday 25th July 2016

Sports centre flood – ‘could take weeks’
Repairs to Lewis Sports Centre could take weeks after a lightning strike last week damaged the roof, while torrential rain flooded in. Several central parts of the building were left underwater, with soft play, weights' and indoor climbing facilities damaged. Some areas could remains out of action for weeks as clean-up and repair work continues, it’s been reported.

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Local News for Friday 22nd July 2016

Family move to declare fisherman lost
An action at Stornoway Sheriff Court has been moved to declare fisherman Paul Alliston lost at sea, under the Presumption of Death (Scotland) Act 1977. Paul has been missing since the fishing vessel Louisa sank at anchor off Mingulay in April this year. The bodies of two of her crew members were recovered, and one survived after swimming to shore, but despite extensive searches no trace has been found of skipper Paul Alliston. A funeral was held in Harris for his crew-mate Chris Morrison in April. In a public notice the court requires that any person wishing to be formally included in the legal process should have lodged an application before yesterday. The Marine Accident Investigation Branch recovered the Louisa from the seabed as part of their investigation into the sinking, which is still ongoing.

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Local News for Thursday 21st July 2016

Lightning bolts wake up photographers
Tuesday night’s spectacular storm woke up many, and generated a boom in lightning photography, with images taken in the islands all over social media yesterday. Temperatures in Stornoway on Tuesday topped 22º – to be followed by torrential rain overnight with 22.9mm recorded in Stornoway.

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Local News for Wednesday 20th July 2016

Gold for Lewis duo
A daring duo from the Isle of Lewis have raised nearly £5,000 for The Leanne Fund by completing the Peking to Paris Rally, and getting a gold award in the process. Claudine Bloom and Andy Twort set off from the Great Wall of China in June, in their faithful 1965 Volvo Amazon model 122, nicknamed Amy Amazon. They finally reached Paris on July 17th after an epic journey across two continents. Finishing in 14th place – well within the top section of drivers – gives them Gold status, which Claudine said was 'far far higher than our wildest dreams'. Chrisetta Mitchell of the Leanne Fund, said: "We are so grateful to Claudine and Andy for supporting the Leanne Fund through this amazing challenge. We have enjoyed watching their progress along the way and we were delighted to see the Leanne Fund t-shirt in various locations including the Great Wall of China and Belarus." You can still support Amy Amazon's challenge for The Leanne Fund visit https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/AndyTwort or find them Amy Amazon on Facebook to read all about the adventure.

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