Slideshow the week in pictures July 3rd

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For all your news, views, events and features don’t miss this week’s issue of the Stornway Gazette, out now.

Some of the highlights in this week’s paper include:

12-year-old Connor Cherrie gets the better of one of his friends on the inflatable gladiator event. SGD26763.

12-year-old Connor Cherrie gets the better of one of his friends on the inflatable gladiator event. SGD26763.

Dismay as North Uist facility to be demolished to make way for a new school at Paible, see our front page story.

Rural post may face inflated costs, see the threat to the Universal Service Obligation in our page 7 feature.

Transport Minister Keith Brown will receive a letter from Comhairle nan Eilean Siar highlighting councillors rising concerns about the capacity of the new Stornoway to Ullapool ferry the MV Loch Seaforth, which is due to start service in September, find out why councillors are concerned in our page 8 story.

Find out what is going on in the Gaelic world courtesy of our regular Gaelic page ‘Suil Mun Cuairt’ on page 10.

The Lewis Pipe Band pipes home the silverware from the recent European Championships, find out more about their success in the competition on page 14.

Never mind the tiger feet, what about those tiger eyes! See all the fun from Back School Fun Day on page 15.

It’s a Hebridean Celtic Festival return, after an eight year break, for the Levellers, who are ready gearing up for a “blistering set”, see more about their journey back to the HebCelt on page 17.

Uist author Flora Kennedy’s latest offering ‘The Wild Folk’ is another cog in the ever-expanding genre of Scottish noir, wet your literary taste buds in our feature on page 18.

Our regular health column ‘Healthy Living’ urges parents this month to ‘Take it Right Outside’ the national campaign encouraging people to be mindful of second-hand smoke and the dangers it poses to children, see our column on page 33.

Local runner, Stuart Simpson reveals all about his Midsummer Madness - a hill running marathon session the length of the Islands - on page 35.

It was a Highland sting in the North Cup final for the Nicolson Institute, find out all about the highs and lows in our page feature on page 38.

The might of the Barrathon challenge 241 runners this year, find out who made the grade in our back page lead story.