Local News for Wednesday 30th November 2016
Charlie Barleys in Whitehall
Black puddings from Charlie Barleys of Stornoway will be on the menu for parliamentarians and diplomats today, as the Scottish Office celebrates St Andrew’s Day. Representatives from Charles M Macleod butchers have once again been invited to take their wares down to London for a reception at the Scottish Office on Whitehall. Mini marags as well as full sized examples and other treats will be offered by Shona Macleod and colleagues at the St Andrew’s Day Taste of Scotland event hosted by the Secretary of State for Scotland. Charlie Barleys are part of a group of Scottish businesses showcasing some of the best of Scotland's national produce to 200 Parliamentarians and Diplomats.
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Local News for Monday 28th November 2016
Hall of fame award for choir master
The man who founded three Gaelic choirs in Lewis is to be honoured with induction into the Scottish Traditional Music Hall of Fame. Rod Mackenzie, who prefers to be called Ruaraidh, came to Lewis with his wife Alison in 1972 to teach at the Nicolson Institute, and came to live in Gress. During 30 years in Lewis he started Coisir Òg a Bhac, Coisir Loch a Tuath and later Coisir Sgire a Bhac. Ruaraidh described his time in Lewis as the best years of his life. He said: “To see these folk from our local community develop into such a musically satisfying and socially cohesive ‘family’ was so personally fulfilling and satisfying.” One of those he inspired, piper and singer Anna Murray, said: “His selfless dedication and encouragement to our community and singers is an inspiration and something for which we will be forever grateful.” Three of his four daughters are Gaelic singers, and he also has 13 grandchildren.
Read more: Local News for Monday 28th November 2016