Local News for Monday 9th January 2017

High winds and ferries
Forecast high winds today and later this week are set to cause disruption to the ferry network, although wind speeds are not predicted to reach the strength of the Christmas storms. Services between Oban and Castlebay are cancelled today, as are afternoon services between Tarbert, Lochmaddy and Uig, and between Mallaig, Oban and Lochboisdale, while other routes remain subject to disruption. There’ll be updates later today on possible additional sailings for Barra and South Uist tomorrow, with more wild weather promised for later in the week. We will update on all routes this morning as we receive notification from CalMac.

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Local News for Friday 6th January 2017

Coastguard support for charity walker
Benbecula coastguard teams were sent out to find and support charity walker Alex Ellis-Roswell yesterday, as he continued his trek the whole length of the islands to raise money for the RNLI. Alex has slowed his pace after a gruelling start on Tuesday, when he set off from Castlebay and endured a soaking and cold winds as he passed through South Uist. The 350 mile walk up and down the Western Isles is part of a much bigger enterprise for Alex, who aims to complete a trek around the coastlines of the while of Britain and Ireland, started in 2014. He’s over halfway through the 9,500 mile feat and is expected to be in Harris over the weekend.

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Local News for Wednesday 4th January 2017

Robson Green names Luskentyre the tops
Actor Robson Green is the latest celebrity to have been bowled over by the Western Isles, visiting for his new series, Tales from the Coast, which begins on ITV later this month. Green’s experiences included landing and taking off from the beach airstrip at Barra, having a try at weaving, and tackling a local strongman at the ancient sport of ‘lazy stick’. He also listened to Isles FM in the car, and fell in love with Luskentyre beach, which he described as ‘just extraordinary’.

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Local News for Tuesday 3rd January 2017

Funeral of popular radio presenter
The funeral takes place today of the late, popular Isles FM presenter Kenny ‘There you go’ Macleod, of Grimshader. Kenny died suddenly at his home in Glasgow before Christmas, aged 63. One of Isles FM’s earliest stalwarts, Kenny presented Duisg, the breakfast show, evening programmes including the long-running Rock and Ceilidh show, and more recently Kenny’s Irish Hour. His funeral service is at Crossbost Free Church at 11.30 this morning, with interment at Crossbost cemetery.
 
Walking the length of the isles
An RNLI fundraiser sets out from Castlebay in Barra today in a mission to walk the length of the Western Isles coastline, a total distance of over 350 miles. Alex Ellis-Roswell plans to spend first few weeks of 2017 walking the coastlines of the Outer Hebrides, setting out today to walk north up the three Uist islands and over to the islands of Harris and Lewis. Since he doesn’t know anyone north of Barra, he’s asking for people to share his message and to support him by donating, waving as they pass, offering him a cup of tea or even somewhere to stay the night during his journey. Since August 2014 Alex has been walking round the 9500 mile coast of England, Wales, Isle of Man, Ireland and Scotland and has already raised over £30,000 for RNLI Lifeboats To find out more and see pictures of Alex on his journey go to his Facebook page by following the link on Isles FM’s page. Click here to visit our page
 
Ancient records of Aignish
An accidental find iin an Edinburgh bookshop is opening a window on the past population of Point, according to a report in the Press & Journal yesterday. The P&J reported the discovery of a record book connected with the the old burial ground at Eaglais na H-Aaoidh – the old Eye Church near Aignish in Point – which was found by the father-in-law of Cllr Donald Crichton, John MacAskill, in a book shop which was closing down. Point Councillor Alasdair Macleod has been transcribing the records, which help unpick lost memorials on worn and damaged gravestones. The traditional burial site was replaced by the newer Aignish cemetery in the 20th century, and it is thought the rediscovered record book dates back to the 18th century.

Local News for Monday 2nd January 2016

CalMac’s early run to Barra
Shops in Barra were stocked just in time for pre-Hogmanay shopping, thanks to forward planning by CalMac. With strong winds set to disrupt weekend ferries, CalMac scheduled an early Saturday run from Castlebay to Oban and back, the MV Isle of Lewis bringing food supplies to the island just before businesses closed for the holidays. CalMac said that the services were brought forward to allow customers to get their hands on supplies, including fresh produce, for the holiday weekend.

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