Local News for Thursday 22nd June 2017
Somewhere to stay – HebCelt plea
A plea has been made to help accommodate visitors to the 22nd HebCelt, set once again to double the population of Stornoway for a few days in July. Last year’s record-breaking festival increased the population of Stornoway to nearly 18,000 over the four days, and VisitScotland office has made an appeal to residents to accommodate festival-goers arriving from across Europe, Canada, the US and Australia. Alan Mackenzie, VisitScotland Islands Manager, said: “HebCelt’s huge appeal as an international event continues to attract people from all over the world to the islands. The influx of people is great for the town and islands in general, but it does put pressure on the accommodation sector as already there are few beds available during festival week. We would be grateful if any regular accommodation providers that still have vacancies could contact our team at the Stornoway VisitScotland iCentre (01851 703088). Any extra help with good quality accommodation and hospitality in the Stornoway area for the festival week would also be greatly appreciated.
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Local News for Wednesday 21st June 2017
Iolaire remembrance events discussed
The commemoration of 100 years since the Great War will culminate at the end of next year with events to mark the centenary of the Iolaire disaster, and preparations for anniversary are already well underway. The passenger yacht Iolaire was wrecked on the Beasts of Holm in the early hours of January 1st 1919, while bringing returning servicemen home to Lewis and Harris after the end of the war. The Scottish Commemorations Panel has indicated that the remembrance of the HMY Iolaire disaster will be the culmination of the official programme of commemorative events, with Comhairle nan Eilean Siar asked to host a civic remembrance event on 31 December 2018 into 1 January 2019. There is a proposal for a new sculpture, a project being led by An Lanntair. There could also be a second sculpture in Stornoway town centre and some communities wish to place a smaller version of the final sculpture in each community which suffered losses. Today’s policy and resources committee is to look at these proposals, and at other works including reinstatement of the path to the existing memorial.
Read more: Local News for Wednesday 21st June 2017