Local News for Friday 6th April 2018
New York adventure for school band
Sgoil Lionacleit Pipe Band will be marching down Sixth Avenue in New York tomorrow, participating in the city’s annual Tartan Week for the first time. The band travelled on Wednesday to arrive in the Big Apple in good time for the programme of events celebrating 20 years of Tartan Week, and they’ll also perform for Gaelic-speaking audiences within and beyond New York, and learn more about emigration from the Hebrides to the USA. The Tartan Day parade tomorrow will be led off by KT Tunstall, this year’s Grand Marshal, and features mass pipe bands playing tunes including Scotland the Brave and The Bluebells of Scotland. Sgoil Lionacleit band consists of 24 pipers and drummers aged between 12 asand 17, together with Highland dancers. They raised £40,000 through crowdfunding and local events to pay for travel for themselves and their adult escorts. The band said: “Our plan is to travel to the USA as youth ambassadors for Gaelic Culture, the Outer Hebrides and Scotland. This will be the first time any pipe band (youth or adult) has represented the Hebrides at Tartan week - a great achievement for a bunch of island kids! Our main objective while there will be to share our pipe music and dance, Hebridean and Gaelic culture with a huge international audience.” The band will also perform their tribute to piper Eilidh Macleod, who died one year ago at the Manchester Arena bombing. In her honour, the tune Fair Maid of Barra will be played.
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Local News for Thursday 5th April 2018
Big guns called for cash machine crisis
Western Isles MP has called on the Payment System Regulator to break through ‘a wall of silence’ in the continuing cashpoint crisis in Tarbert. The ATM at the bus station in Tarbert was once again out of order over Easter weekend, just as the first wave of visitors arrived for the summer break. Mr MacNeil, councillors and representatives of North Harris Community Council have been in contact with Cardtronics, the company who have responsibility for this ATM on numerous occasions to report disruptions. Mr MacNeil said: “Once again, the ATM in Tarbert is out of action and Cardtronics continue to ignore the pleas from the local community. Despite assurances that they wanted the Isle of Harris to receive an improved and more consistent level of service - they appear to have washed their hands of this ATM. A wall of silence continues from Cardtronics. Therefore, I am today contacting the Payments System Regulator to ask that they investigate the catalogue of complaints with this ATM.”
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