Local News for Friday 13th January 2016

Romantic Harris for eloping couple
A couple of lovebirds who eloped to Harris have called their runaway wedding ‘just perfect’. Gladys and Richard Clark, who are both 50 and live in Aberdeen, came to Harris on the spur of the moment, having decided just weeks earlier to marry. The wedding was officiated on January 2nd  by Western Isles registrar Helen Maher, at Blue Reef Cottages, Scarista, where they were staying. Their only witnesses were Blue Reef’s owners Rhoda and Neil Campbell, Rachel Bibby of 58º North taking the pictures. Gladys said: “We went to the same school in Aberdeen, where we had a secret crush on each other, but our paths crossed again in September 2015 when we went on a cycling date after chatting on Facebook. In August last year we stayed in Harris and fell in love with the area, and decided in December to return and marry here. We managed to get to Luskentyre beach to get some photos – barefoot and freezing! Although less so for Richard in his Harris Tweed attire bought in Tarbert. The wedding feast was provided by Croft 36 at Northton and the day was just perfect from start to finish, with rainbows provided.”

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Local News for Thursday 12th January 2016

Winter wuthers on
We’re into the second day of an extended period of freezing, blustery weather, which yesterday brought transport to a standstill and left some without power. 208 homes in Lochs were cut off yesterday morning – SSEPD isolated the fault and had the area back on supply by 1pm. Sailings on all island ferry routes were cancelled yesterday, and last night’s freight run between Stornoway and Ullapool was also cancelled. CalMac hope today to run an amended service between Uig, Tarbert and Lochmaddy and to get two return runs between Stornoway and Ullapool, weather permitting. CalMac warns that the very severe weather could continue to impact on services for the next few days.

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Local News for Wednesday 11th January 2017

Three days of winter
The islands fall under three consecutive Met Office weather warnings from this morning, with snow, gale force winds and lightning among the winter treats in store. Although the worst snowfall is expected away from the West coast and islands, strong winds will gust up to 70 mph today and, coupled with the snowfall, could bring periods of blizzard conditions. A weather warning came into force just after midnight last night, and remains until tonight. There’s a second warning for snow and ice tomorrow, and a third for Friday. Ferry disruption is expected to be widespread today – sailings between Uig, Tarbert and Lochmaddy and between Oban and Castlebay were cancelled early, and further cancellations are expected this morning. CalMac Operations Director Drew Collier said: "Weather forecasts for across the west of Scotland are predicting a windy and cold run up to the weekend. We will review sailings on a case by case basis but would advise anyone planning to travel by ferry to take this into account when planning journeys in the next few days."

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Local News for Tuesday 10th January 2017

Accident blackspot warning
Police have issued a road safety warning after two road accidents on the same stretch of road over the weekend. The A859 just north of Woodend, Keose in North Lochs was described as ‘greasy’ despite there being no ice or standing water, when the accidents happened on Saturday and Sunday afternoons. In each case only one vehicle was involved, and there was no speeding or other driver behaviour to explain the accidents. Fortunately neither driver was injured. A spokesman for Stornoway police said the area was known to be hazardous, and that drivers should take extra care on that stretch of road, whatever the road conditions.

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Local News for Monday 9th January 2017

High winds and ferries
Forecast high winds today and later this week are set to cause disruption to the ferry network, although wind speeds are not predicted to reach the strength of the Christmas storms. Services between Oban and Castlebay are cancelled today, as are afternoon services between Tarbert, Lochmaddy and Uig, and between Mallaig, Oban and Lochboisdale, while other routes remain subject to disruption. There’ll be updates later today on possible additional sailings for Barra and South Uist tomorrow, with more wild weather promised for later in the week. We will update on all routes this morning as we receive notification from CalMac.

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