Local News for Wednesday 4th January 2017
Robson Green names Luskentyre the tops
Actor Robson Green is the latest celebrity to have been bowled over by the Western Isles, visiting for his new series, Tales from the Coast, which begins on ITV later this month. Green’s experiences included landing and taking off from the beach airstrip at Barra, having a try at weaving, and tackling a local strongman at the ancient sport of ‘lazy stick’. He also listened to Isles FM in the car, and fell in love with Luskentyre beach, which he described as ‘just extraordinary’.
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Local News for Tuesday 3rd January 2017
Funeral of popular radio presenter
The funeral takes place today of the late, popular Isles FM presenter Kenny ‘There you go’ Macleod, of Grimshader. Kenny died suddenly at his home in Glasgow before Christmas, aged 63. One of Isles FM’s earliest stalwarts, Kenny presented Duisg, the breakfast show, evening programmes including the long-running Rock and Ceilidh show, and more recently Kenny’s Irish Hour. His funeral service is at Crossbost Free Church at 11.30 this morning, with interment at Crossbost cemetery.
Walking the length of the isles
An RNLI fundraiser sets out from Castlebay in Barra today in a mission to walk the length of the Western Isles coastline, a total distance of over 350 miles. Alex Ellis-Roswell plans to spend first few weeks of 2017 walking the coastlines of the Outer Hebrides, setting out today to walk north up the three Uist islands and over to the islands of Harris and Lewis. Since he doesn’t know anyone north of Barra, he’s asking for people to share his message and to support him by donating, waving as they pass, offering him a cup of tea or even somewhere to stay the night during his journey. Since August 2014 Alex has been walking round the 9500 mile coast of England, Wales, Isle of Man, Ireland and Scotland and has already raised over £30,000 for RNLI Lifeboats To find out more and see pictures of Alex on his journey go to his Facebook page by following the link on Isles FM’s page. Click here to visit our page
Ancient records of Aignish
An accidental find iin an Edinburgh bookshop is opening a window on the past population of Point, according to a report in the Press & Journal yesterday. The P&J reported the discovery of a record book connected with the the old burial ground at Eaglais na H-Aaoidh – the old Eye Church near Aignish in Point – which was found by the father-in-law of Cllr Donald Crichton, John MacAskill, in a book shop which was closing down. Point Councillor Alasdair Macleod has been transcribing the records, which help unpick lost memorials on worn and damaged gravestones. The traditional burial site was replaced by the newer Aignish cemetery in the 20th century, and it is thought the rediscovered record book dates back to the 18th century.