Local News for Friday 3rd November 2017

Winter festival dates announced
Dates for a winter festival to remember in Stornoway have been announced, among events for Scotland's National Days of Celebration: St Andrew's Day, Hogmanay and Burns Night 2017. Arts Centre An Lanntair will host a week-long programme of events surrounding St Andrew's Day, including a specially commissioned performance of 'Burns on Strings', a focus on Scottish film and themed menus offering the best of national food and drink. The winter festival, managed by EventScotland, part of VisitScotland, on behalf of the Scottish Government, will include four musical evenings, and ticket holders to these musical events will be entered into a prize draw for a hamper of Scottish goodies. Isles MP Alasdair Allan, Minister for International Development and Europe, said: "Scotland's Winter Festival is an exciting and diverse events programme, offering Scots both at home and abroad the chance to celebrate everything great about our wonderful country during the winter months." Highlights in Stornoway include Scottish singer Blue Rose Code on St Andrew’s Day, a family ceilidh with Hò-Rò on December 27th,and the now legendary Hogmanay celebration with Willie Campbell and friends, this year on Saturday December 30th.

Bonfire night warnings
Pet owners are being urged to keep pets indoors this weekend, with bonfire night celebrations and fireworks planned at numerous locations tonight and Saturday night. Eoropie Playpark has a bonfire night tonight at 7pm, and the Point events are in Upper Bayble, Lower Bayble, Sheshader and Portvoller, all on Saturday evening. The First South Lochs Scouts, Cubs and Beavers have their event next week, on Tuesday night at Gravir community workshop.