SLIDESHOW: Week in Pictures 10.7.14

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It’s all go in this week’s Stornoway Gazette as we check out the news, views and excitement of a week in which the Commonwealth Queen’s Baton Relay came to the Western Isles.

You can see the Baton stops – and those in the islands nominated to carry the prestigious mace – in our two page photo gallery.

Batonbearer Catherine MacNeil carries the Baton through Castlebay. Photo: Ben Birchell for Glasgow 2014

Batonbearer Catherine MacNeil carries the Baton through Castlebay. Photo: Ben Birchell for Glasgow 2014

We also have photos of the school’s successes this year with prizewinning pupils from Tong, Laxdale and West Side schools; as well as fun shots from last weekend’s hugely popular Uig Gala day, and images from the St Kilda Swim 2014 attempt as reporter and swimmer Eilidh Whiteford tells all about the adventure.

In News we take a look at local businesses being assisted financially by the Muaitheabhal Trust; plans to extend Balivanich Police Station; how work is coming on with Stornoway’s new ferry and pier; new safeguards for seals, the Comhairle under pressure with plans for the Old Teacher’s House in North Uist, and the possibility of a wave power boom in Harris amongst other things.

And we hear from fiddler Pasty Reid and HebCelt headliners Big Country in our Entertainments section.

Yummy food is on the menu with our Food column featuring ex-Masterchef winner Thomasina Miers; and in sport we present our Angling column by Iain Don Murray as well as this week’s island football round-up.

Check out all this and more in this week’s Stornoway Gazette, out now.