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Last Thursday (April 14th) the Branch and Club were honoured by a visit by Sir Alasdair Irwin KCB CBE.

He was greeted on arrival by the Club President, Francis Jefferson, and members of the Committee, and then was shown around the building.

Finally he arrived at the Highlanders Lounge where he met a group of Club members to have a chat with them as he moved amongst them.

Members present included those involved with several organisations such as, The Royal Air Force Association, The Merchant Navy Association, The Territorial Army, the Coastguard, the RNLI, and the various Cadet Forces.

Unfortunately, Sandy Matheson, the Lord Lieutenant and Colin Scott, Sheriff, who are also members of the Club, were off the island and had sent their apologies.

During his short visit to the island, Sir Alasdair visited various cemeteries to see war graves as a representative of the War Graves Commission, and also some of the War Memorials.

He also visited the Iolaire Monument, and the Callanish Stones.

He and his family, who had accompanied him on the trip, enjoyed seeing the island in good weather and have assured that they will return some time in the future.

War memorial annual best

kept competition

The time is once more here to come out of hibernation and start tidying up our gardens after the ravages of the winter.

In the competition for the best kept memorial, which is run by the RBL(S), the two winners from last year, Baile na Cille and Point War Memorials, are keen to defend their titles and look forward to competition from other island memorials.

This year’s deadline for entry is Friday, April 29, and the Club requests confirmation of entry by that date.

This can be made by phone to the Legion Club on 703756 or directly to Francis on 706834, who is the island co-ordinator. If he does not get a note of entry you will not be considered

There is an excellent selection of memorials on the island – any one of them can be a winner.

Above all, the primary aim of this event is to foster public awareness of the memorials and to encourage a high standard of continuing maintenance and interest in them.

Community pride should come to the fore in this event, so let us have a good entry this year again. You have to be in it to win it!

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