Local News for Tuesday 24th July 2018

This year’s Hebridean Celtic Festival looks set to become the most successful in its 23-year history after selling out all four nights.
Audiences from across the world enjoyed a wide range of acts in the Castle green venue, including headliners Deacon Blue, The Fratellis, Eddi Reader, Skipinnish and Roddy Woomble. HebCelt’s previous most successful year was in 2016 when Runrig appeared during a nationwide tour in support of their 14th - and last – studio album, The Story. An independent survey of the 2016 festival showed attendances reached 17,830 and it generated more than £2.2 million for the islands’ economy and helped safeguard 40 tourism-related jobs.

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Local News for Monday 23rd July 2018

Tickets for Iolaire Community Remembrance Event
The Iolaire Working Group is pleased to announce that the public will be able to reserve tickets for the Iolaire Community Remembrance Event from 9am on Monday 10th September 2018. The event, hosted by Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, will take place at 9:30pm on Monday 31st December 2018 in the Lewis Sports Centre, and is the civic event to mark the centenary of the Iolaire tragedy, featuring military and school band performances, poetry readings and songs, drama in addition to spiritual elements.
Norman A MacDonald, Chairman of the Iolaire Working Group, said: "The capacity for the event in the Lewis Sports Centre is 720 and therefore, although tickets will be free of charge, there will only a limited number available and we do anticipate a high demand for tickets. Tickets will be on a first come first served basis and will be available to reserve from 9am on Monday 10th September. We would encourage the public to be mindful of older family members, neighbours or friends, who may wish to attend but may not have access to the internet and/or phone. This will be an opportunity for our community to bring in the New Year together as we remember the men and families associated with HMY Iolaire.”

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Local News for Friday 20th July 2018

FRATELLIS Headline Friday Night at Heb Celt Fest
Glasgow trio he Fratellis’ most famous song is as familiar to football and ice hockey supporters as it is to fans at their live shows.
Tonight it will be the turn of the Hebridean Celtic Festival audience to belt out the infectious chorus of ‘Chelsea Dagger’ which appeared on the band’s first album 12 years ago. As well as a crowd pleaser at gigs, the song has been adopted, and adapted, by fans at both Celtic and Chelsea. When asked what they were expecting at HebCelt? The fratellies said: “Well, We'd love some sunshine. Other than that, a gig to remember is always the goal. With us the very least people can expect is a lot of effort and a good dance.”
As well as earlier material, the band, who headline the festival’s main stage tonight, will showcase new songs from their fifth album ‘In Your Own Sweet Time’, which was released in March to critical acclaim and is already one of their favourites.

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Local News for Thursday 19th July 2018

Sponsors Support Essential For Hebcelt’s Success
Caroline Maclennan, Director of the Hebridean Celtic festival has spoken about how The success of HebCelt relies heavily on Sponsors support and the goodwill of the Community. ‘As a grassroots event almost entirely managed and produced by voluntary effort, that ongoing community support is vital. Such a major undertaking would be impossible without people, businesses and organisations giving their time and effort in kind when needed, sometimes unexpectedly.
‘We also need funding and we appreciate all the help we get from bodies such as Creative Scotland, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar and Highlands and Islands Enterprise, who have been long-time supporters and help us fulfil our mission to promote traditional music, the Gaelic language and the wider island culture.
‘To supplement our core public funding, we lean on private sector support to ensure our programme is as strong and diverse as possible to appeal to all sections of the community.

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Local News for Wednesday 18th July 2018

Councillor Is Joint Vice President
Councillor Alasdair Macleod of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has been appointed as Joint Vice President of the Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions’ influential Islands Commission for 2018/19. Councillor Macleod shares this position, on a six monthly rotation, with Mr Filip Reinhag, Vice Mayor of Gotland Island, Sweden.
Cllr Macleod, said, “In the Western Isles, we view ourselves as Europeans and we have benefited greatly from membership of CPMR’s Islands Commission over many years. The Islands Commission engages on our behalf at the highest level within the European Union and will continue to do so after Brexit as we continue to access vital EU research and development funds.

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