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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