Slideshow: Week in Pictures 4/9/14

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The Stornoway Gazette Big Referendum Debate saw the Town Hall packed out for an evening in search of the answer to Scotland’s biggest question.

Two-hundred and fifty tickets were distributed and the holders of each one saw six panellists put their reasoning forward to decide if Scotland should be an independent country.

Three panellists from each side of the argument took to the stage. Representing the ‘Better Together’ were Scottish Labour Leader Johann Lamont, local accountant Roddy Cunningham and former MSP Alasdair Morrison. Representing ‘YES Scotland’ were Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, local businessman, engineer and fuel campaigner Gordon ‘Diesel’ Maclennan, and Alasdair Allan MSP.

The Princess Royal received a warm welcome when she visited Lochmaddy to open the Comann Na Mara (CNM) marina this week.

More than 300 people gathered alongside the new facility to celebrate the opening.

The project is the flagship in the Crown Estate’s drive to invest in coastal communities.

Work to the main pier at Ullapool is now 95% complete with the harbour now able to accommodate the new ferry MV Lochseaforth.

Ullapool Harbour Master Kevin Peach is delighted with the progress with much of the work - all part of a £10 million redesign - looking set to be finished ahead of time.

Construction on The Acres, the Council’s Temporary Accommodation Centre, has completed, opening officially at the end of September.

The construction for the project started in April last year. It cost approximately £2 million to erect the building, which now stands on Sandwick road, Stornoway.

More than 70 dogs were signed up for this year’s Scottish SPCA Dog Show held at Lochside Arena - a huge surge in numbers from last year.

The event, which also raised more than £900 for the SSPCA, saw a whole range of dogs take centre stage - all of them impressing the judges.

Among the stars of the day were Bracken and Breeah (two Lhasa Apsos), Rottweiler Stewie who impressed in the obedience ring and Todd who took home the coveted prize ‘Best in Show’.

At a service in Stornoway Free Church (Continuing) on 26th August attended by well over a hundred people Mr Calum Smith, student for the ministry, was Licensed by the Free Presbytery of the Outer Hebrides. Mr Smith (pictured with his family above) is 48, and comes from Stornoway. He previously worked as a postman. After four years of study at the Free Church Seminary he underwent Trials for Licence which were sustained by the Presbytery.