Local News for Friday 14th July 2017
Man’s body found in Barra
Western Isles Police yesterday made an appeal for information after the body of a 32-year-old man was recovered from the shoreline at Traigh a' Ghoirtein in Barra. The man had been reported missing at 10pm on Wednesday, and his body was recovered by a Coastguard helicopter at 7am yesterday as emergency services were searching for him. Police said there were not believed to be any suspicious circumstances and the man's next of kin have been informed, but that they wanted to establish the man's movements and were keen to speak to anyone who saw him walking from Castlebay towards Vatersay any time from 2pm onwards on Wednesday. He is described as 5ft 10in and, when last see,n he was wearing a green top and brightly coloured trainers. Detective Sergeant Iain Morrison said: "Our thoughts are with the gentleman's family and friends at this difficult time. I would ask anyone with information which could help establish his final movements to make contact with Police on the non-emergency number, 101."
Parliamentary notice for HebCelt
Hebridean Celtic Festival has been recognised for its economic and tourism impact in a motion to the Scottish Parliament, presented by Highlands and Islands MSP Rhoda Grant. Mrs Grant has asked the Parliament, currently in recess, to congratulate and commend the organisers and volunteers who run the not-for-profit event. The motion recognises that HebCelt is “firmly rooted in the community and is almost entirely managed and produced by voluntary effort”. It also praises the record-breaking 2016 festival which generated £2.2 million and helped safeguard 40 tourism-related jobs, while highlighting the event has been worth £20 million to the islands’ economy over the last two decades. HebCelt director Caroline Maclennan said: “Planning and running the festival takes a lot of time and hard work by a great many people, so it is very rewarding when that is recognised.”
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Local News for Thursday 13th July 2017
Three album deal for Lewis singer
Lewis singer-songwriter Colin Macleod is today signing a three album recording contract with the international music giant BMG, who also have Blondie, Nickelback and the Charlatans among the artists on their books. Now Colin, from Swordale in Point, is set to see his own career soar from the island life he treasures. Tomorrow sees the release of a new single and EP, Old Fire, which takes inspiration from island landscapes. Colin, who records as C Macleod, said: “The Old Fire EP and the album are all songs from home, taking stories I’d heard over the years from the island and turning them into new songs, from a modern perspective.” Despite the big deal, Colin’s not going to abandon his roots, his band includes fellow islanders Murdo Mackenzie on drums, Scott Macleod on guitar and Colin’s brother Callum on bass. And he’s also home next week in and around the Hebridean Celtic Festival, where he’ll be playing alongside other Lewis music-makers.
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