Local News for Friday 17th June 2016
Cyclists on a flyer
Charity cyclists got a flying start to the second – and longest – day of their marathon ride from the Butt to Barra yesterday. They left Scaladale soon after 6am and reached their second overnight stop, at Sgoil Linaclete, by 3.30pm. The day starrted with a donation from a visitor to the island, who was over from Aberdeen and had wondered why all the cyclists were together. After record speeds on the downhill stretch at Ardhasaig, the group reached Leverburgh for a generous spread laid on by the congregation at the Free Church Hall, and were also showered with donations by ferry passengers travelling with them across the Sound of Harris. Organiser Jane Nicolson said: “We really can’t thank the people of Leverburgh enough for the sandwiches and baking they prepared for us, and thanks to everyone for the amazing generosity we have been shown. The ambulance crew were kept busy with minor bumps and scrapes, and we had a few punctures to deal with, and of course everyone got caught in the rain somewhere along the route today, but it hasn’t dampened our spirits”. Tomorrow the 37 cyclists complete the last leg to Castlebay in Barra, and there’ll be an update from the team on tonight’s Behind the Headlines.
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Local News for Thursday 16th June 2016
Syrian refugees ‘will arrive this summer’
Comhairle Leader Angus Campbell has confirmed that Syrian families will arrive in the Western Isles over the summer months, with plans in hand for two related families to be housed around Stornoway. Cllr Campbell chose the week of the Refugee Festival Scotland to confirm the plan. The theme for this week’s festival is solidarity and Gary Christie from the Scottish Refugee Council said: "Now, more than ever, we need to stand together with people who've had to flee their homes and are now trying to build new lives here." Comhairle leader Angus Campbell told planning partners and councillors: "By the time we met again in September the Outer Hebrides will have welcomed Syrian families to be resettled in our community". He promised more information over the next few weeks. Local agencies have been working hard to make the arrival of families as discreet and smooth as possible for the families, who will be supported where necessary but also given the space that they need to re-adjust to family life here in the Outer Hebrides. Cllr Campbell said he was "confident that as a community we will be welcoming and compassionate and allow the families the scope they will need to resettle within our islands."
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