Local News for Tuesday 3rd January 2017

Funeral of popular radio presenter
The funeral takes place today of the late, popular Isles FM presenter Kenny ‘There you go’ Macleod, of Grimshader. Kenny died suddenly at his home in Glasgow before Christmas, aged 63. One of Isles FM’s earliest stalwarts, Kenny presented Duisg, the breakfast show, evening programmes including the long-running Rock and Ceilidh show, and more recently Kenny’s Irish Hour. His funeral service is at Crossbost Free Church at 11.30 this morning, with interment at Crossbost cemetery.
 
Walking the length of the isles
An RNLI fundraiser sets out from Castlebay in Barra today in a mission to walk the length of the Western Isles coastline, a total distance of over 350 miles. Alex Ellis-Roswell plans to spend first few weeks of 2017 walking the coastlines of the Outer Hebrides, setting out today to walk north up the three Uist islands and over to the islands of Harris and Lewis. Since he doesn’t know anyone north of Barra, he’s asking for people to share his message and to support him by donating, waving as they pass, offering him a cup of tea or even somewhere to stay the night during his journey. Since August 2014 Alex has been walking round the 9500 mile coast of England, Wales, Isle of Man, Ireland and Scotland and has already raised over £30,000 for RNLI Lifeboats To find out more and see pictures of Alex on his journey go to his Facebook page by following the link on Isles FM’s page. Click here to visit our page
 
Ancient records of Aignish
An accidental find iin an Edinburgh bookshop is opening a window on the past population of Point, according to a report in the Press & Journal yesterday. The P&J reported the discovery of a record book connected with the the old burial ground at Eaglais na H-Aaoidh – the old Eye Church near Aignish in Point – which was found by the father-in-law of Cllr Donald Crichton, John MacAskill, in a book shop which was closing down. Point Councillor Alasdair Macleod has been transcribing the records, which help unpick lost memorials on worn and damaged gravestones. The traditional burial site was replaced by the newer Aignish cemetery in the 20th century, and it is thought the rediscovered record book dates back to the 18th century.

Local News for Monday 2nd January 2016

CalMac’s early run to Barra
Shops in Barra were stocked just in time for pre-Hogmanay shopping, thanks to forward planning by CalMac. With strong winds set to disrupt weekend ferries, CalMac scheduled an early Saturday run from Castlebay to Oban and back, the MV Isle of Lewis bringing food supplies to the island just before businesses closed for the holidays. CalMac said that the services were brought forward to allow customers to get their hands on supplies, including fresh produce, for the holiday weekend.

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Local News for Wednesday 28th December 2016

Business as usual
The islands are getting back to business as usual, following over a week of uncertainty and disruption from storms and public holidays over Christmas. An Lanntair re-opens today with a programme of film leading up to the big Hogmanay party on Saturday night, with Willie Campbell and Open Day Rotation (this concert is sold out). The Woodlands Centre is also re-opening today and most shops and businesses will now be open until Friday. Tarbert has the biggest clear-up to face, with storm damage to street lights and to their Christmas tree, as well as buildings, bins and other damage – mostly caused before Christmas when winds over Scalpay Bridge topped 100mph.

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Local News for Tuesday 27th December 2016

Christmas joy in Back
A joyful early Christmas present was delivered to one family in Back, when baby Olivier Sobul arrived nearly two weeks early, on Christmas Eve. Olivier’s parents, Anna and Marcin Sobul, weren’t expecting the new arrival until January 7th, but he chose Christmas Eve at 9pm to make his entrance to the world. Weighing in at 8lbs and 7oz, Olivier is a baby brother for Oscar, 9, Victoria, 7 and Allan, 3, and a fourth grandchild for Bogdan and Kristina, who were visiting the family from their home in Lask, Poland when the new baby arrived.

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Local News for Friday 23rd December 2016

Tributes to popular presenter
Tributes have been paid to long-standing Isles FM radio presenter Kenny ‘There you go’ Macleod, who has died suddenly at the age of 63. Kenny’s sudden death at his home in Glasgow was reported late on Wednesday, with Isles FM colleagues stunned to hear of the loss to their radio family. Kenny, who came from Grimshader in Lochs, had been living on the mainland for some years, but still contributed Irish music shows to the airwaves. In earlier years he was an Isles FM stalwart, presenting Duisg, the breakfast show, Rock and Ceilidh and other live shows. His warm-hearted broadcasting style and quirky sense of humour made him a local legend. Many Isles FM listeners have posted, emailed and rung with their condolences. One listener said “What sad news, he was such a character and will be fondly remembered. Thoughts are with his family and his friends at Isles FM.” Isles FM managing director David Morrison said: “We are all in shock here. Our thoughts are with Kenny’s daughters, grandchildren and wider family, to whom we send our condolences at this very said time.”

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