Local News for Monday 3rd October 2016
Beds clash looms as rig stays put
With just 10 days to go until the Royal National Mòd comes to the Western Isles, the team gathered to shift the oil rig anchored in Broad Bay may find themselves short of places to sleep. Up to 250 salvage, recovery, pollution control and support personnel have created an accommodation boom for Lewis since the Transocean Winner went aground at Dalmore in August. But from next week pre-booked choirs, school groups, media and Mòd supporters will arrive to take up their hotel and guest house bookings, leaving a potential bed shortage for workers involved in the rig recovery. All 86 rooms at the Caladh Hotel are fully booked from October 16th, while from the 12th BBC crews arrive at the Caberfeidh, where they occupy many of the 46 available rooms. A spokesman for the Tourism Office in Stornoway said the rig teams had filled many rooms over recent weeks, but could face a problem if the rig has not moved by the time the Mòd starts.