New statue will celebrate explorers

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A bold and exciting proposal to celebrate the adventurous nature of three intrepid Lewismen has been launched this week.

The men to be featured are Colonel Colin Mackenzie, Sir Alexander Mackenzie and Thomas Macleod - who explored in three different continents - their story is revealed in the new October issue of Back in the Day.

Stornoway Historical Society and Stornoway Amenity Trust have got together with retired local businessman Iain Mitchell, who has a keen interest in commemorating local history, to propose the siting of a statue to the three men at Carn Gardens.

The grouping firmly believe that the memorial will highlight to islanders and tourists alike that Lewis was not just a little island in the north-western seas in times gone by, but a breeding ground for adventurous pioneers who could make a difference in the far reaches of the globe.

Tony Robson of the Stornoway Amenity Trust stated: “It is imperative that the statue is made of long lasting material and we welcome design interest from individuals or parties who can come up with ideas.”

Malcolm Macdonald of the Stornoway Historical Society added: “Our initial view is to have the three explorers facing east, west and south towards the continents that these intrepid men helped to discover but, perhaps others have more novel concepts.”

Iain Mitchell commented that as a group: “We have looked at sites and Carn Gardens is the site of where one of the explorers built a house and the other two men were brought up less than one hundred yards from Carn Gardens.”

Expressions of interest in submitting designs should include, name, address, postcode, telephone numbers and email address.

The details marked Explorer Designs should be sent to the Stornoway Historical Society, Town Hall Offices, South Beach Street, Stornoway, HS1 2BE.

It is to be hoped that the island community will support this worthy historical initiative which may well take time to design, fund and deliver but should prove to be a long and lasting legacy to a spirit of adventure.

Read about the intrepid trio of explorers in the NEW October issue of Back in the Day, out next week.