Local News for Friday 1st July 2016
EU nationals ‘welcome at Health Board’
Yesterday’s public board meeting of NHS Western Isles included a strongly worded statement of support for EU nationals living and working in the islands. In the light of the Brexit vote, the Health Board said all EU nationals working within the Health Service are welcomed and valued colleagues. As an example of the important contribution people from other EU countries make, they cited the 15 consultants currently employed in the islands, of whom two are Scottish, nine from other EU countries and four from outside the EU. Board Chairman, Neil Galbraith, said: “EU citizens are more than welcome here and we look forward to continuing to recruit talented staff to work within the Western Isles.” He also made it clear that it was business as usual for all aspects of the health service.
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Local News for Thursday 30th June 2016
HebCelt heading for sell-out
The 21st Hebridean Celtic Festival is heading for a sell-out, with tickets going faster than they have done in any of the previous 20 years. Two weeks before the opening night on July 13th, HebCelt 21 is already the highest grossing on sales. All weekend tickets have been sold, as have those for the opening and closing nights, and for the concert by Skipinnish at An Lanntair, with just a limited number of main arena tickets still on sale for Friday. Half the HebCelt audience will come from off the island, bringing an economic boom for the Western Isles. News that Runrig were making their fourth appearance at the festival led to an unprecedented demand for early tickets from fans as far afield as the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Several hundred were snapped up within hours of going on sale. Runrig will be among nearly 50 acts including the Red Hot Chilli Pipers, Hayseed Dixie, Astrid, Julie Fowlis, King Creosote and Eddi Reader. Festival director Caroline Maclennan said: "This is easily our best performance ever, with big spikes firstly when we announced Runrig and put weekend tickets on sale back in November, and then when we released day tickets. Since then sales have remained very healthy and we are heading for a sell-out across most events”.
Read more: Local News for Thursday 30th June 2016