Local News for Friday 7th December 2018

GAELIC SCHOOLS PANTO TOUR SUCCESS IN ISLES

A national tour of a new Gaelic language panto ‘Seocan agus am Bogsa-ciùil’ (Seocan and the Accordion) has had a successful run so far.

In the eleventh successive year that Fèisean nan Gàidheal has produced and toured a Gaelic language pantomime thanks to funding from Bòrd na Gàidhlig, Creative Scotland and HIE, 29 performances taking place for children from over 40 Gaelic medium schools.

The panto was written and directed by Angus Macleod, Drama Officer with Fèisean nan Gàidheal, who said:
‘The story follows the adventure of young Seocan, who in his efforts to earn some money for Christmas, encounters a helpful Highland genie called Fergie and the legendary but not-so-giant giant Murdanaidh Mòr’.

The production and tour are delivered through Fèisgoil, Fèisean nan Gàidheal’s arts in education service, which is managed by Eilidh Mackenzie, who said:
‘The tour included four days in the Western Isles, which culminated in two performances for schools at Stornoway Town Hall on Thursday morning’

For members of the public wishing to catch a performance of the play, one will take place on Thursday 13th December at The Ironworks, Inverness at 7pm.


EXTENSION TO DEADLINE FOR SHUTTLE BUS RESERVATIONS TO IOLAIRE SERVICE 1st JAN 2019 ENDS TODAY

The deadline for reserving a seat on the buses down to the Scottish Commemoration Panel’s Memorial Service on 1st January 2019 has been extended until 5pm TODAY Friday 7th December 2018. Transportation by shuttle buses to the site will be the ONLY way of getting to the service and will be arranged from The Nicolson Institute bus park.
The service (subject to weather conditions) will begin at 12noon, at the Iolaire Memorial, Holm. To reserve a seat on the buses, the public must register over the phone by calling Customer Services on 01851 600 502 by 5pm TODAY Friday 7th December 2018.
No other reservations will be taken after the deadline. All tickets for the service on board the MV Loch Seaforth have been taken up.


LOCK UP YOUR HEATING FUELS SAY POLICE

After some fuel thefts in the Stornoway area, Police are now urging people to make sure they keep their fuels secure to deter thieves.
Area Inspector Jane Nicolson said: ‘Fuel thefts, are crimes which cause unnecessary expense and inconvenience for victims.
‘Criminals will always pick on an easy target if it is available - taking some time to make sure your fuels are as secure will often be enough to deter potential thieves. With heating oil, make sure your filler cap is lockable and has a security valve fitted to prevent fuel being drained from the supply pipe.
Solid fuels such as coal should be kept out of sight and secured somewhere with a lock. Fuel thieves will always try and find a target where they think they will not be disturbed so security lights which detect movement are an effective deterrent.
Most thieves are opportunists so our message is quite simple - do not give them an opportunity. Be vigilant to any suspicious behaviour around your property and report concerns to Police Scotland on 101 as soon as you can.’