Local News for Mnday 24th April 2017
Funeral of island historian
The funeral is to be held today of island historian Norman ‘Norrie’ Macgregor, who has died aged 83. By profession a BT Telephone Engineer, Norrie was best known as a historian. He was a long-time member and chairman of the Stornoway Historical Society, but it was as the host of the Isles FM favourite ‘History File’ that islanders will remember him. Norrie and colleagues from the society broadcast live each Monday night, in a totally unrehearsed show that became a hit with listeners. In one hour-long programme about Sandwick Cemetery headstone inscriptions, he and co-presenter Sandy Matheson digressed so much that they only managed to cover two headstones in the entire programme. Norrie was married to Zena Mackenzie, a school teacher from Crossbost, and they had two daughters, Barbara and Ruth. A keen golfer, he was captain of Stornoway Golf Club in 1983 and 1984. He also belonged to the Isle of Lewis Probus Club and was a Stornoway Parliamentarian from the days in Smiths' Shoe Shop and in Lodge Fortrose until his final illness. Norrie’s funeral is today, Monday at 2pm, with the service at 1.30pm, at the Free Church Seminary. Interment will be at Sandwick cemetery.
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Local News for Friday 21st April 2017
Volunteers urged to step forward for community radio
Today’s 24-hour broadcast on Isles FM gives would-be volunteers an ideal opportunity to step forward and support the island’s community radio station, which is run entirely by volunteers. New presenters are always needed, especially for key shows such as Duisg! and Drivetime, but there’s also a need for behind-the-scenes support from people willing to answer phones, welcome visitors, and help with all the tasks which keep the station running. Anyone interested is welcome to call in at any time today at 50 Seaforth Road in Stornoway.
Today’s marathon broadcast starts with Duisg, and at 10am Crazy Carl will be with you for three hours of great music, chat and celebration giveaways. Between 1 and 2pm Uilleam Macleod brings you Friday Floor-fillers to get you in the mood for a great weekend, and later programmes include a special Gaelic hour with Maggie Smith at 6pm, the favourite Rock and Ceilidh show with Uilleam between 9pm and 1am and Iain Maciver and Stella presenting their Overnight Success from 1 to 4am. From 4am Allan Smithyman entertains and we round the clock with Carl at 7am to welcome in your Saturday.
MP questions Election blow to renewables
The snap General Election called by Prime Minister Theresa May could have an impact on progress for renewable energy from the islands, according to Western Isles MP Angus MacNeil. Mr MacNeil has written to Greg Clark MP, Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, to ask for an urgent update following his visit to Stornoway just two weeks ago. Mr MacNeil said: “At this meeting the Secretary of State was unable to confirm when a decision would be made as to whether the islands will be included in the next round of Contract for Difference allocations. I am concerned that this snap General Election on 8th June will further delay progress. Many years have been spent on trying to move forward on island renewables and I have written to Mr Clark to ask him what the implications of the forthcoming General Election will have on island renewables.”
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