Local News for Wednesday 24th May 2017
Eilidh still missing in Manchester
Members of the family of 14-year-old Eilidh Macleod are still anxiously awaiting news, as the Barra teenager remains unaccounted for in Manchester following Monday night’s bomb blast. Eilidh’s friend, 15-year-old Laura Macintyre, is seriously ill in hospital in Manchester, with parents Nan and Micheal and older brother Niall at her bedside. Both girls are pupils of Castlebay School, and were at the concert in the Manchester Arena where a suicide bomber detonated an improvised device, killing 22 people. Searching for Laura are her grandparents, Roddy and Marion and aunt Margaret MacNeil, who yesterday appealed for help on social media to track down the two girls. Her post has been shared over 120,000 times.
Isle of Barra neighbour and parliamentary candidate Angus MacNeil has been acting as a media spokesman for the families. He told Isles FM this morning: “We are very worried for both the girls and saddened that something like this could have happened during what should have been a happy occasion. Everyone on the island is numb, shocked and saddened and there is a feeling of deep sorrow and sympathy for the families, as well as anxiety to know how the girls are.”
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Local News for Tuesday 23rd May 2017
Dedicated RNLI crewman on honeymoon shout
A dedicated member of Stornoway RNLI Lifeboat crew interrupted his own wedding weekend to respond to a shout on Saturday. Stornoway Coastguard alerted the RNLI team to a kayaker in trouble in Broadbay and, even though the lifeboat was stood down before launching, crew member DK Macdonald had already turned up for the job – the day after his marriage to Kathleen Maclennan. The wedding itself was an RNLI family affair, as Kathleen is the daughter of Stornoway RNLI Branch Chair John J Maclennan and Stornoway Lifeboat Ladies Guild member Ishbel,. The wedding on Friday was celebrated with a reception at Lews Castle, and the RNLI flag flying from the castle’s tower. The kayaker who got into trouble on Saturday made it to shore safely.
Read more: Local News for Tuesday 23rd May 2017