Local News for Tuesday 24th May 2016

Councillor’s ‘Lucky to be Here’ presentation
A councillor who has first-hand experience of the value of life-saving equipment has presented Comhairle nan Eilean Siar with a heart-starting defibrillator. Cllr Angus Morrison suffered a heart attack in January 2014 and is now local co-ordinator for the charity Lucky2Bhere, which supplies defibrillators and trains people how to use them. Th charity was set up in Skye and now raises funds for the life-saving equipment in communities throughout the highlands and islands. Cllr Morrison said: “After recovering from my own heart attack, I had a discussion with paramedic Roddy MacDonald and we decided to contact Lucky2Bhere." The local  team of Lucky2BHere Eilean Siar has now been set up, led by Roddy MacDonald and Councillor Morrison, and the team have supplied defibrillators and training in Leverburgh, Tarbert, North Tolsta, Grimshader and now at Comhairle nan Eilean Siar offices in Stornoway. Over the coming months training courses will take place in various locations throughout the Western Isles. Lucky2BHere relies completely on fundraising and donations. For more information contact Angus Morrison on 07880 172971 or www.lucky2bhere.org

Cycling the Hebridean Way
A new film shows off the islands from a cyclist’s perspective, using the experience of record-breaking endurance cyclist Mark Beaumont. Mark cycled the Hebridean Way in just 24 hours, as Outer Hebrides Tourism launched the new long distance cycling route.  The new film shows him on his epic journey from Vatersay to the Butt of Lewis, joined by cyclists young and old along the way.   He said: “The Hebridean Way is a stunning and constantly changing route, best explored at the speed of a bike.  And my only advice is take a bit more time than I did!” You can watch the film via the Outer Hebrides Tourism facebook page and Outer Hebrides YouTube channel.
£10,000 for Stramash
A Stornoway music festival is one of the Scottish summer events to benefit from a bumper round of Lottery grants announced today. Stramash Stornoway will continue their popular outdoor music festival, where musicians of all ages showcase their talents and performance skills whilst getting the invaluable experience of playing their music to a live audience. The festival’s been awarded £10,000.  Festival chairman said: "This Awards for All grant is a dream come true as it allows us to buy our own marquee. It has meant that our main event, 'Stramash' will be feature on the calendar for many years to come and provided a much needed marquee for many other community events."
An Lanntair summer season
An Lanntair launches their new summer season this evening, with a programme set to bring together the best of cultural experiences, from HebCelt’s 21st birthday programme to a festival of Harris Tweed. At tonight’s free launch event, starting at 7pm, you can hear first hand about the new summer programme and pick up the new brochure, hot off the press.
New board meeting
A meeting of the new Integration Joint Health and Social Services Board will be held on today at 3pm in the Education Unit of Western Isles Hospital.  Members of the public are welcome to attend and listen to the proceedings.