Local News for Friday 10th June 2016
Hebrides recognised as Scottish – 750 years ago
A speech to the Scottish parliament in Norwegian yesterday commemorated the date when the Hebrides were acknowledged to be part of Scotland, 750 years ago. The speech was made by Western Isles MSP Alasdair Allan to commemorate the Western Isles’ Viking links and mark the anniversary of the Treaty of Perth, between Magnus VI of Norway and Alexander III of Scotland. It was a first for the Scottish Parliament, in that Dr Allan delivered his speech in Norwegian, although he admitted that his Norwegian was ‘hesitant’. Dr Allan was participating in a member's debate, initiated by Mid-Scotland and Fife MSP Murdo Fraser. He said: “As an admirer of Norway, and a hesitant learner of Norwegian, this seemed like the perfectly opportunity to deliver the first Norwegian speech of the modern Scottish Parliament. The Western Isles were the central issue in the Treaty of Perth. “Innse Gall", one of the Gaelic names for the Western Isles, means ‘the isles of the strangers’ and refers to the fact that the strangers – a euphemism for Vikings – had exerted political control over the islands until the treaty. While the Treaty ended Norse rule over the Hebrides, as we know, it did not sever the many connections that exist between the two places. This was a very welcome opportunity to celebrate the long, productive and very amicable relationship between Scotland and Norway, and in particular, to commemorate the islands’ central place in the story of Scotland.”
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Local News for Monday 13th June 2016
Two hospitalised after electrocution
Two people were taken to hospital yesterday afternoon, after being electrocuted while moving their boat on the jetty at Ardhasaig in Harris. The man and wife were moving the vessel when it struck power lines, and Coastguard volunteer teams from Tarbert and Scalpay were called out to help ambulance crews move the pair, who were conscious, and secure the vessel. The couple were taken onwards to Western Isles Hospital by ambulance, and a team of engineers from SSE were called to make the area safe.
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