Local News for Wednesday 20th July 2016
Gold for Lewis duo
A daring duo from the Isle of Lewis have raised nearly £5,000 for The Leanne Fund by completing the Peking to Paris Rally, and getting a gold award in the process. Claudine Bloom and Andy Twort set off from the Great Wall of China in June, in their faithful 1965 Volvo Amazon model 122, nicknamed Amy Amazon. They finally reached Paris on July 17th after an epic journey across two continents. Finishing in 14th place – well within the top section of drivers – gives them Gold status, which Claudine said was 'far far higher than our wildest dreams'. Chrisetta Mitchell of the Leanne Fund, said: "We are so grateful to Claudine and Andy for supporting the Leanne Fund through this amazing challenge. We have enjoyed watching their progress along the way and we were delighted to see the Leanne Fund t-shirt in various locations including the Great Wall of China and Belarus." You can still support Amy Amazon's challenge for The Leanne Fund visit https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/AndyTwort or find them Amy Amazon on Facebook to read all about the adventure.
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Local News for Tuesday 19th July 2016
Record breaking HebCelt
The weekend’s Hebridean Celtic Festival smashed all records with the most successful event in its 21-year history. An estimated 18,000 people – by far the highest audience yet – savoured four days of outstanding music in Stornoway and surrounding communities. Rock legends Runrig, who brought the festival to a close on Saturday night, led the praise for this year’s event. Keyboard player Brian Hurren said: “It was incredible. The crowd was unbelievable. It was so good to hear Runrig’s music played at home, it just comes alive like nowhere else. It was definitely one of the top gigs the band have ever done.” Drummer Iain Bayne posted on social media: “There are gigs and then there are experiences. We love every concert we play of course, but few can match HebCelt. What a crowd! The atmosphere and the energy were amazing. From the first beat to the last note we gave it everything. We were all on a high afterwards. Thanks for proving yet again that Stornoway is very, very hard to beat.”
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