New era for Stornoway Town Hall

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Stornoway Town Hall was officially reopened yesterday (Wednesday) after its refurbishment.

The opening ceremony was conducted by Alexander Matheson OBE, former Provost of Stornoway Town Council, and Convenor of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, Alex A MacDonald.

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The event was attended by over 60 guests, including Councillors, key project partners and representatives from local organisations.

Nicolson Institute pupils, Annabel MacLennan and Calum MacPhee, read from Derrick Thomson’s poem “Machair” during the opening ceremony.

Speaking at the opening event, which will be his last civic function as Convenor, Cllr Alex A MacDonald said:

“The Town Hall will serve to promote, sustain and enhance the cultural traditions and heritage of the islands, providing visitors and residents alike with information on attractions and events all over the islands. The Town Hall will, I am sure, play a key role in making Stornoway a vibrant and lively focal point for the Islands and a centre for our community. Together with the refurbished Perceval Square and the Town Building improvements, the centre of Stornoway now has a new lease of life.”

The Town Hall restoration has created a flexible and accessible building for multi- purpose use, which also offers services for the community. The Registrars service has been relocated upstairs and the former Town Chamber is now the setting for the Marriage Room. The Comhairle’s Customer Services team and administrative support functions are also based in the building. The main hall and balcony area offer flexible spaces for meetings, exhibitions and theatrical performances.