Slideshow: Week in Pictures 15-1-15

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Connor Maclean burst the tape at the Scottish Inter District Championships to win the U17 gold against the best teenage runners around.

The 17-year-old Stornoway Running and Athletics Club athlete finished as first U17 and 13th overall in a mixed U20 XC race in which he finished ahead of four of the six GB picks at U20 level.

Hurricane-force winds were recorded in Stornoway last week causing widespread damage and disruption across the isles.

Stornoway Gazette weather correspondent Eddie Graham confirmed a Category 1 Hurricane between 1 and 2am on Friday morning, January 9; the strongest winds experienced on the isles for at least 75 years.

Many people woke up to find damage to property and vehicles, leading to question whether the Met Office-issued amber alert should have been upped to red.

The £42m MV Loch Seaforth may not take over the Stornoway to Ullapool route until the summer due to the ongoing harbour work delays.

It means the ferry could be six-months behind schedule when she finally enters service.

Works on Ullapool harbour were scheduled to begin on February 22nd for a period of six weeks when the linkspan would be closed for vehicles. But delays to the completion of works at Stornoway harbour have pushed back the Ullapool project until April 20th.

Running for the North District at the Great Edinburgh XC Maclean was one of a ten-strong SRAC represenation for the event in Holyrood Park.

Flying the flag for SRAC alongside Connor were Ellie MacLean (U13), David Morrison (U13), Kyle Munro (U15), Joanna Gillies (U15), Peigi McKellar (U17), and Michael MacMillan. Plus senior runners Eilidh MacKenzie, Willie MacRury and Murdo MacKenzie.

“I heard the ocean crash the shore like a devil at my door …. let the thunder roar,” sings Bugsy Maclean with a mischevious grin.

The frontman was taking centre stage on a night when the local music scene stood tall and drowned out the thunder and hurricane winds which have been battering the isles .

As Maclean and the rest of The Broken Ravens continued their metal and melody twinned surge through recent single ‘Pressure’ he could have bene describing the conditions of the past week: “When the rolling waves swallow me whole I’ll be standing on that shore through the haze.”

The Broken Ravens were perched at the top of a four-band bill this week for a huge slice of musical magic at An Lanntair alongside a trio of local music heavyweights.

During the first half of December the Western Isles and the Highlands experienced what has been nicknamed a “Weatherbomb”.

Whilst this was going on, out at sea, a 1st winter plumaged Ivory Gull was being blown about and eventually came to land on Benbecula.

It was first found on December 13th and stayed around for several days before relocating to Uig on Skye.

During its time on the islands, it was seen by a few birdwatchers as it scavenged for food on the North West of Benbecula.

Laura Cotton recently celebrated her 100th birthday.

Laura was born in the East end of London on December 31st 1914, she is affectionately known as granny C.

She was a dress maker to trade and since arriving on the island in 1983 with her late husband to live with her daughter Maureen and family in Steinish, she has made bridemaids and brides dresses,and highland dance outfits for locals.

The family gave Laura a small party to celebrate her 100th birthday. In the photo with her are three generations of her family, daughters Maureen and Christine, granddaughter Louise, greatgrandsons Fraser and Cameron.

Joining them for more than three hours were Farview, A Promise To No One and Black Cub as the four acts formed a formidable quartet to blow away the New Year cobwebs with a healthy slab of master musicianship.

Loganair have backtracked on their refusal of a refund to passengers who accepted alternative transport during last week’s flight disruption.

The airline last week insisted to the Gazette that any passengers who accepted the offer of ferry and bus tickets would not be reimbursed for the cost of any cancelled flights, while those who rejected the offer could request a refund.

But now Loganair Chief Operation Officer Phil Preston has confirmed the decision to backtrack on their policy and all passengers will be entitled to a refund or at least a percentage of it.

Stornoway RFC kickstart 2015 this weekend, when they host fellow islanders Shetland RFC, in the latest round of Caley 2 North league.

Recent weeks have seen Stornoway’s fixture list stutter to some degree, with Mother Nature ruling the roost, seeing huge numbers of games across the North called off.