Local News for Thursday 27th April 2017

Tairsgeir travels from Arnol to Nanjing
A peat basket and peat iron (Tairsgeir) from Arnol Blackhouse will be on view to audiences in Nanjing, China, from today as part of a new exhibition called Romantic Scotland. The exhibition compares the romantic view of Scotland’s past with archive evidence of what life was really like in days gone by. Curated by Historic Environment Scotland and the National Galleries of Scotland, the exhibition shows nearly 100 objects, paintings, photographs and other treasures, which have been flown over 5,000 miles to be enjoyed by visitors at one of China’s largest cultural institutions. The peat-cutting tools, once in daily use in Lewis, will be shown alongside images from eighteenth century Scotland, when artists became part of a new movement that came to be known as Romanticism. Romantic Scotland aims to draw Scotland and China closer together by strengthening the cultural ties between the two nations.

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Local News for Wednesday 26th April 2017

MacNeil to stand again for SNP
Na h-Eileanan an Iar’s sitting Member of Parliament Angus B MacNeil has been confirmed as the SNP’s candidate for the snap General Election on 8th June. Mr MacNeil said it had been ‘a great privilege’ to serve the people of the islands in Parliament for the past 12 years. Since re-election in 2015 he has been chair of the Energy Committee and is now chair of the House of Commons International Trade Committee.  Western Isles SNP Convener Margaret Martin said:  “Angus is a hard-working and respected MP and we can depend on him to stand up for the islands.”

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Local News for Tuesday 25th April 2017

Local Election results on social media
Comhairle nan Eilean Siar’s Election Office plans to offer live coverage of the council elections on social media next week. The count of votes cast in May 4th’s local elections will start at 9am on Friday May 5th, and  live updates will be provided bilingually through Comhairle nan Eilean Siar's Facebook and Twitter pages. Periscope and Facebook live will also be used to give live video of the announcements. You can find links to both feeds via the Comhairle Facebook page.

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Local News for Mnday 24th April 2017

Funeral of island historian
The funeral is to be held today of island historian Norman ‘Norrie’ Macgregor, who has died aged 83. By profession a BT Telephone Engineer, Norrie was best known as a historian. He was a long-time member and chairman of the Stornoway Historical Society, but it was as the host of the Isles FM favourite ‘History File’ that islanders will remember him. Norrie and colleagues from the society broadcast live each Monday night, in a totally unrehearsed show that became a hit with listeners. In one hour-long programme about Sandwick Cemetery headstone inscriptions, he and co-presenter Sandy Matheson digressed so much that they only managed to cover two headstones in the entire programme. Norrie was married to Zena Mackenzie, a school teacher from Crossbost, and they had two daughters, Barbara and Ruth. A keen golfer, he was captain of Stornoway Golf Club in 1983 and 1984. He also belonged to the Isle of Lewis Probus Club and was a Stornoway Parliamentarian from the days in Smiths' Shoe Shop and in Lodge Fortrose until his final illness. Norrie’s funeral is today, Monday at 2pm, with the service at 1.30pm, at the Free Church Seminary. Interment will be at Sandwick cemetery.

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Local News for Friday 21st April 2017

Volunteers urged to step forward for community radio
Today’s 24-hour broadcast on Isles FM gives would-be volunteers an ideal opportunity to step forward and support the island’s community radio station, which is run entirely by volunteers. New presenters are always needed, especially for key shows such as Duisg! and Drivetime, but there’s also a need for behind-the-scenes support from people willing to answer phones, welcome visitors, and help with all the tasks which keep the station running. Anyone interested is welcome to call in at any time today at 50 Seaforth Road in Stornoway.
Today’s marathon broadcast starts with Duisg, and at 10am Crazy Carl will be with you for three hours of great music, chat and celebration giveaways. Between 1 and 2pm Uilleam Macleod brings you Friday Floor-fillers to get you in the mood for a great weekend, and later programmes include a special Gaelic hour with Maggie Smith at 6pm, the favourite Rock and Ceilidh show with Uilleam between 9pm and 1am and Iain Maciver and Stella presenting their Overnight Success from 1 to 4am. From 4am Allan Smithyman entertains and we round the clock with Carl at 7am to welcome in your Saturday.
MP questions Election blow to renewables
The snap General Election called by Prime Minister Theresa May could have an impact on progress for renewable energy from the islands, according to Western Isles MP Angus MacNeil. Mr MacNeil has written to Greg Clark MP, Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, to ask for an urgent update following his visit to Stornoway just two weeks ago.  Mr MacNeil said: “At this meeting the Secretary of State was unable to confirm when a decision would be made as to whether the islands will be included in the next round of Contract for Difference allocations. I am concerned that this snap General Election on 8th June will further delay progress.  Many years have been spent on trying to move forward on island renewables and I have written to Mr Clark to ask him what the implications of the forthcoming General Election will have on island renewables.”

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