Local News for Wednesday 19th April 2017

Isles FM celebrate return to airwaves
Isles FM is back on air, and volunteer presenters are delighted to get back to work after a tense wait for funding was finally ended last week. A £2,000 donation from Lewis Electronic Trade Services Ltd tipped the scale on the funding needed to return to broadcasting. Isles FM managing director David Morrison said: “We heartily thank everyone who has supported us, and especially Simon Pearson, director of Lewis Electronic Trade Services Ltd, who gave us that icing-on-the-cake donation which helped us reach our target. One thing we have learnt is that we can never be complacent about our funding reserves - emergencies like this can come out of the blue, but we have to be ready for them, and to meet our ongoing running costs.” Lewis Electronics director Simon Pearson said: “We were part of the original set-up of Isles FM at the very beginning and we know that people find it very helpful. It’s a strong link to the island for people wherever they live, and it also gives many people in the community their best source of genuinely local news, notices and information. Turning on the radio first thing in the morning gives many people their most local source of information, and we wanted to give something back to the radio station, to help the volunteers keep on helping their listeners.”

Luxury cars in Harris hills
Drivers crossing the Clisham yesterday found themselves held up in style, as a luxury car advert was filmed on the mountain roads. The ad, thought to be for Jaguar, was being filmed with the co-operation of Stornoway police, and the road was closed for short periods while filming took place.

Rally helpers desperately needed
Rally Hebrides 2017 has issued a desperate appeal for helpers after a disappointing turnout at planning meetings so far. The rally’s run by Lewis Car Club, who organise the event each year in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support. This year’s event is on August 18th and 19th. Appealing for support on their Facebook page, organisers said: “We have had a very disappointing turnout at our organising meetings so far in 2017 and without willing volunteers these fantastic charity events cannot go ahead. We require help with administration duties in the lead up to the event so if you think you can help in any way please come along on Monday 24th April at 7:30pm to the Caladh Inn. This applies to ladies as well as gents, rallying isn't just for the lads!”

Barra to Butt for cycling youngsters
A fully-supported cycle ride from Barra to the Butt of Lewis is to offer young people the chance for exercise, fun and good company, all conducted entirely in Gaelic. The trip, setting off from Barra on July 29th, has been organised by Spors Gaidhlig and will be led by Comunn na Gaidhlig staff. Youngsters from 14 years upwards can join the group, with all food, accommodation and inter-island travel included, for just £100. There’s just six places left to fill and you can find out more from www.spors.scot