Local News for Monday 10th July 2017

Injured Barra schoolgirl on long road home
Barra teenager Laura MacIntyre has been transferred from hospital in Manchester to Glasgow, beginning the slow process of getting back to her home, and taking another step on the road to recovery. Laura has ‘significant’ hand and leg injuries, and will now continue to receive care in Glasgow. Laura's parents Michael and Nan MacIntyre issued a statement on Friday, especially thanking Manchester hospital staff and others for their care since Laura was injured in the arena bombing in May. They said: “The kindness and care started from the first moments after the bombing when a young travel-safe officer held Laura’s hand and comforted her for an hour while she waited for treatment. We believe he helped save Laura’s life that night and he will always be a hero to our family. We’d also like to thank the doctors, nurses and staff of the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital for their care. We couldn’t wish for a more dedicated, kind and professional group of people.”
Staff at Glasgow and Barra airport, Loganair, CalMac and Police Scotland also received thanks, as did Marine Harvest, Micheal’s employers, who had been patient and helpful throughout. The Macintyres said: ”All these people and organisations have made a big difference during a very traumatic time and we will always be grateful. Laura is now one step closer to eventually returning home to Barra, from where we have received enormous love and support."

Rain stops launch of lottery
The Western Isles Lifestyle Lottery launch was called off on Saturday due to one unavoidable fact of the islands’ lifestyle – the weather. Heavy rain and strong winds on Saturday caused organisers of the Lottery to postpone a launch event in Perceval Square, although the timetable of the lottery itself is unaffected. The annual Point Show went ahead at Aird despite the weather, but turnout was badly affected and the show ended early.

Big chance for local musicians
Stornoway’s Wee Studio has joined forces with Black Bay Studio and An Lanntair to launch Hebridean Sessions – a new music scheme which seeks to transform the future for some of the most talented musicians from the Outer Hebrides. The project is funded by £16,970 from the National Lottery through Creative Scotland's Open Project Fund and is designed to give talented musicians everything they need to take their music and create real viable opportunities, income streams and industry success. Project organiser Keith Morrison said: “This project will give eight superb local acts professional videos, mentoring and the PR advice they need to take the next steps in their careers. The aim is to create a simple, quick step to supporting acts to get to the next stage in their career.” Participants will be offered live performance videos of their own original tracks filmed and recorded on the main stage at An Lanntair and an opportunity to perform on the An Lanntair stage. There’ll also be studio facilities, access to music industry specialists and workshops for successful artists. To be in with a chance of taking part, musicians should send their own simple, video performance of one track uploaded to YouTube and demos of other existing tracks to Keith at Wee Studio Stornoway. Full details are available on the An Lanntair website and the deadline is Monday July 31st at 9am.

Harris Half-marathon
Nearly 200 runners braved the conditions on Saturday in the Harris Half Marathon, with runners from all over the islands and further afield in Scotland taking to the road course, which started from Scalpay Bridge. Full results are now available on the Stornoway Running and Athletics Club website.

Just one Co-Op cup quarter-final match was played on Friday night, after the match between Westside and Point at Garrabost was cancelled due to a bereavement. Southend beat Ness 4-1 and Lochs were unable to field a team, handing the win to Iochdar Saints. There are Eilean an Fhraoich semi-final matches tonight between Carloway and Point, and between Ness and Back, kick-offs 7pm.

Camanachd Leodhais were at home to Kilmallie on Saturday, with the visitors travelling across the Minch with a full team and one sub. Lewis were down to the bare bones with only 13 players themselves including an appearance in goal by 51 year old Assistant Manager John Macaskill. Connor Chalmers played whilst feeling unwell and during the match Ronan Sinclair had to go off with a hand injury. Special mention must also go to Paul Duke who proudly became a father for the 3rd time last week down in Glasgow. After just arriving home on Friday he was pressed into emergency service. The weather was awful and the visitors went a goal up in the first minute. The final score of 4-1 to the visitors belied the great effort and commitment of the island team. Another home game awaits at Shawbost next Saturday at 2.30pm with Strathspey the visitors.