Local News for Friday 22nd June 2018
HebCelt shop opening
The HebCelt shop is due to open on Monday in a new location, right on top of one of the festival’s open-air performance spaces opposite An Lanntair. It’s in the former Gazette shop, where festival-goers will be able to collect tickets, get merchandise and join in the festival atmosphere as the big event draws closer. HebCelt organisers are still looking for a handful of volunteers to join the team selling bar drinks tokens and Eco-cups. They are looking for a mature attitude to customer relations, good interpersonal skills and ability to interact positively under pressure. Cash handling experience necessary. You can apply via the festival website www.hebceltfest.com . This year’s festival runs from July 18th to 21st and will be headlined by the Fratellis and Decon Blue, with world class acts including Eddi Reader, Roddy Woomble and Skipinnish also in the four-day line-up. Local festival-goers are encouraged to collect their tickets early before visitors make the trip to Lewis, swelling the Stornoway population to more than twice its usual size.
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Local News for Thursday 21st June 2018
Water shortage plea
Scottish Water is asking customers in the greater Stornoway area to use their water wisely. Prolonged dry weather has caused lower than normal water levels in Loch Mor an Stairr, which supplies Stornoway Water Treatment Works (WTW). The works supplies drinking water to the whole of Stornoway and Point and to Broadbay as far as Coll. Water from nearby Loch Scarabhat Mhor is being used to boost the available supply, but Scottish Water is asking customers to take simple water efficiency measures to help maintain continued supplies to homes and businesses. Steps you can take include turning off the tap when brushing teeth and shaving, taking a shorter shower and using a bucket of water instead of a hose to wash your car. Businesses are also being asked to cut their water use. Peter Farrer, Scottish Water’s chief operating officer, said: “We are encouraging everyone to take simple steps to use water wisely. By doing so, we can significantly reduce water usage which ensures that we continue to provide clear, fresh water to customers in the area.” Scottish Water has put together a free water saving pack which has some gadgets, such as tap aerators and shower timers, to save water in the kitchen, bathroom and garden.
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