Local News for Wednesday 7th July 2016
Runrig reminisce a week before HebCelt
Just one week before their headline appearance at Hebridean Celtic Festival, founding members of Runrig have been reminiscing about their earlier visits to the festival. Calum Macdonald's favourite memory comes from sixteen years ago when, in 2000, he shared a fast RIB to Ullapool with drummer Ian Bayne, whose wife was about to give birth. Calum said: "Iain's first child Erin was imminent and his wife was heading towards the labour suite, so a speedy solution was arranged to get him back home. It was too good an opportunity to miss, so I just had to hitch a ride as well. It was a beautiful Hebridean night with a full moon and the Minch was flat calm. Half way across, the boat-owner, Woody, cut the engine and we just sat there for a moment in the stillness. Unforgettable." All the members of Runrig see HebCelt as a 'homecoming' gig in the heartland of Gaeldom. They will close the four-day event on Saturday, 16th July during a nationwide tour in support of their last studio album, 'The Story', Rory Macdonald said: "Of all the festivals we have played there is no doubt that HebCelt is the festival that is closest to the music and the people that inspired us. It is very much home ground." Songs from the latest album will be heavily featured in the set, along with some of the older, better known songs, giving the night added poignancy for local audiences who have grown up with Runrig.
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Local News for Wednesday 6th July 2016
More Ullapool buses – still book ahead
Travellers wanting to get from Ullapool to Inverness by bus should notice a difference, after Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, Scottish Citylink and the Highlands and Islands Regional Transport Partnership (HITRANS) agreed to get extra coaches onto the service. But the advice is still to book ahead if you want to be sure of a seat. Capacity on the 961 service has caused concern, which was discussed by the Comhairle’s transport committee this week. Coach operator Scottish Citylink, say they put on an additional coach whenever bookings for the service exceed capacity, but they have to know this more than 48 hours in advance. Extra coaches also run every Friday, Saturday and Monday to serve summer ferry services between Stornoway and Ullapool. At this week’s meeting all parties agreed that it was not commercially viable for the operator to ensure capacity if people don’t book ahead. Cllr John Mackay, Chair of the Comhairle's Transportation committee said: “Additional capacity cannot be completely guaranteed by the operator and all passengers should make every effort to book as far in advance as possible".
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