Local News for Wednesday 6th September 2017

Man dies in Harris
The body of a 52-year-old Leverburgh man was recovered from the water at Strond in Harris on Saturday, after Police were alerted to an incident around 4pm. Coastguard teams from Tarbert and Scalpay assisted ambulance personnel in recovering the man, who was sadly found to have died. Police are investigating the circumstances around the incident.

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Local News for Tuesday 5th September 2017

Coastguard radio changes
HM Coastguard are reminding boat owners, shipping companies and anyone who puts out to sea that they need to make sure they’re ready for the changeover of some VHF channel numbers used to contact UK Coastguard. The changes take place from 10am tomorrow (Wednesday) and will mean that existing channels will no longer be used for either Maritime Safety Information (MSI) or Radio Medical Advice. The new channels to use will be VHF 62, 63 and 64. The use of VHF Channel 10 for MSI and pollution control (back up) is unchanged. Mark Lawson from the Maritime & Coastguard Agency said: ‘We’ve been putting information out about the changes for some months now. This is an absolute changeover so people do need to be ready to start using the channels from 10am on 6th September. Although the MCA will keep the existing channels for about a year, they will not be routinely monitored. Your existing VHF radios should already have the new channels, but owners should check.”

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Local News for Monday 4th September 2017

Four check-ins at Stornoway airport
The start of regular flights by Loganair, carrying its own livery as an independent operator, was marked on Friday at Stornoway airport. Most noticeable to travellers will be the fact that four check-in desks are now open at the airport - two serving Loganair passengers and two Flybe. It’s the first time all four desks have been in operation since the new airport opened. Loganair have taken over services on all routes in the highlands and islands, but since their decision to go it alone, Flybe has decided to compete on the lucrative Stornoway Glasgow route, working with Eastern Airways, who also serve Aberdeen passengers. The competition has seen fares slashed and increased traffic from the airport. Passengers need to book tickets, passenger assistance and check-in via the airline of their choice on one of the two airline websites.

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Local News for Monday 7th August 2017

Weekend of celebration in Stornoway
Saturday’s Lewis Carnival has been hailed ‘the best for years’ by happy islanders who spent a sunny day enjoying a buzzing atmosphere in Stornoway town centre. The Carnival, organised as always by Stornoway Round Table, was this year held in tandem with Stornoway Harbour Day, meaning streets and quays humming with music, stalls, games and activity as well as boat trips and sailing on still waters in and around the harbour. The funfair and European market were also beside the harbour, and crowds found plenty to do on an extended carnival day out. The all-important Carnival Parade was bigger than ever, led off by Lewis Pipe Band and followed by Carnival costume competitors, RNLI fundraisers and a parade of floats on DR Macleod trucks. Floats included those themed on Strictly Come Dancing, Women’s Suffrage and a new TrumPutin ferry alliance and were followed by bikers in superhero and super-villain costume, Scottish Fire and Rescue and a cavalcade of dog-walkers. The Lewis Carnival Facebook page has links to hundreds of pictures, and to comments from people who attended such as this: “Today was the best Carnival day in years, the weather helped but having it all so brilliantly organised and laid out with things going on from 11am all round the town, very well planned and organised so hats off to the committee.”

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Local News for Friday 4th August 2017

Big weekend in Stornoway
There’s another big celebratory weekend coming up in Stornoway town centre, as the annual Harbour Day and Lewis Carnival run side by side for the first time. The two events will create another weekend of festival atmosphere, with a European Market and the Carnival funfair already drawing people into the town. For the first time this year the day starts with a Carnival mile, sponsored by Natural Retreats and leaving the Castle Green at 11am. There’s fun indoors and out around the town, with stalls and sideshows in the Town Hall, Perceval Square, on the quayside and on the street. The Carnival Parade leaves Willowglen at 1pm. Perceval Square closes for parking from 6pm tonight and organisers ask that no-one leaves cars either here, or on Comwell Street, which will also close for the parade. South Beach car park will be open for parking as usual. Volunteers are being asked to head into town early tomorrow to help get a big marquee up in Perceval Square. Your help is needed from 9am and helpers will be rewarded with burgers from the Round Table barbecue.

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