Local News for Friday 3rd May 2016

EE is NN – MP
Everything Everywhere has turned into Nothing Nowhere, according to islands MP Angus MacNeil. Mr MacNeil has written to mobile phone providers EE demanding that they sort out the mobile signal on the Isle of Barra, after months of delays. He’s also asking for refunds for all customers in the HS9 postcode area, after a patchy and unreliable service from EE. Mr MacNeil said: “People are getting really sick of the service delivered by EE and it is fast getting known as “nothing nowhere” – but “something somewhere soon” would be welcome. Customers have been very patient, especially having been promised that it would be sorted early in May. As a gesture of goodwill EE should credit all the registered accounts in the HS9 postcode area and also, as an act of contrition to long suffering constituents, should start the 4G rollout now”.

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Local News for Thursday 2nd June 2016

Auction Mart AGM
The AGM of Lewis and Harris Auction Mart is tonight at the Steinish Mart at 7pm, with sale dates for the 2016 season due to be announced after the meeting.

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Local News for Wednesday 1st June 2016

Blue Peter filming in Lewis
A team from the BBC children’s programme Blue Peter is filming in Lewis today, with the three-person camera crew and presenter around the Stornoway area. Locations being used for the filming include the Braighe, Point, Coll and Stornoway harbour.

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Local News for Tuesday 31st May 2016

Battle of Jutland remembered
Service personnel and their supporters will raise a glass today in memory of all those lost in the Battle of Jutland, which took place 100 years ago today. On the 31st of May 1916 British and German naval forces clashed in the largest naval engagement of the the Great War. Today, 7 Scots are hosting a remembrance service in Stornoway to honour and remember those lost from both sides. The event will take place in the Drill Hall in Stornoway from 6.54pm, and is open to everyone. It includes a short talk and the reading of an award-winning poem, followed by a buffet and refreshments, a raffle in aid of Poppy Scotland and dancers performing a hornpipe. Company sergeant Tommy Stewart said: “With hornpipes danced and played and poems read out, in my eyes, although an evening of remembrance, I do not think those lost would mind as we also raise a glass in their memory.”

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Local News for Monday 30th May 2016

Stornoway run in the sun
Brilliant sunshine smiled on runners in Saturday’s Stornoway Half Marathon, 10k and Fun Run. The town had a festival air as runners set off from 10am on a half marathon course which took in road routes around the town as well as parts of the Castle Grounds. The start and finish line at the Inner Harbour was decked in flags and runners were applauded acorss the finish line in a celebratory atmosphere. Stornoway runner Willie MacRury was first across the line in the half marathon, in a time of one hour, 13 minutes and 17 seconds, with the first woman Alanna Goddard, also running for Stornoway, in a time of 1:26:56. Runners from all over Scotland, and as far south as Haywards Heath, were among 128 finishers. In the 10k the first runner home was Stornoway’s Connor Maclean in 30 minutes and 37 seconds and the first woman, veteran Laura Ross in 39:41.

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