Slideshow: Week in Pictures January 8th

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Lewis and Harris FC Chairman Kenny Maciver spoke of his pride after the North Caledonian Cup winners were given a civic reception.

The footballers, who won the prestigious trophy at just the second attempt, were invited to the Council for a reception in their honour where they were also presented with a certificate and letter of acknowledgment by the Lord Lieutenant of the Western Isles, Mr Sandy Matheson.

And Maciver was thrilled for the players and all involved.

For more than a quarter of a century a small pocket of members of Stornoway Running and Athletics Club have spent Hogmanay morning galloping across the stunning trails and views of Rhenigidale followed by a chilly dip in Loch Trolamoraig.

Back in 1989 SRAC members Douglas Flett and Ross Munro decided to take a New Years Eve run across the famous ‘Postman’s Walk’ path which linked Urgha and Rhenigidale before the introduction of a main road would finally open up the remote village the following year.

It was a run Flett was taking on twice a week at the time but as he and his club mate Munro ran up the steep climb to a near 1,000 metres at the top of the hill before zig-zagging down the other side to the loch in the glen before climbing up again – neither realised they were the pioneers for what has become the longest standing and most loved tradition in the history of the Running Club.

Since then the New Years Eve trek has evolved with later runners adding ideas on the jaunt to mould it into the club’s most popular outing of the year.

Almost 20 years to the day since shinty’s return to the Long Island in a similar manner, the modern day players of Camanachd Leòdhais gathered at Bayhead in Stornoway on Saturday, January 3rd for the traditional Iomain Challainn New Year shinty game.

The teams were divided on the day in the traditional fashion, playing under the tutelage of first team coach Conor Macdonald and Lochs Juniors coach Al Reed respectively. Macdonald’s team donned orange and Reed’s team wore green.

The Ushakov medal was recently awarded to Allan Duncan Mackinnon of Brue.

Mr Mackinnon was invited to Edinburgh by the Consul General of the Russian Federation for a private presentation which took place on the 4th of December. He was accompanied by members of his family.

As part of the commemoration of the outbreak of WWI, the North Uist bard Domhall Ruadh Choruna’s words, were heard in Ypres, Belgium.

Gaelic singer Fiona J Mackenzie of Dingwall, took part in a series of events to commemorate the Christmas Truce of 1914, amongst them a major concert in the city of Ypres.

The An Lanntair arts centre in Stornoway has announced that new funding will help them to deliver an ambitious engagement project.

The centre received £89, 000 from Creative Scotland to deliver youth engagement project ‘Uncharted’, which will run until May 2016 and provide arts education throughout the islands.

Stornoway’s Crown Hotel is set for a major refurbishment, with a lease expected to be signed in the coming weeks.

Punch Taverns, who own the Crown Hotel, have said that they have a significant investment planned to fully renovate the interior and exterior of the property.

The first baby born in the Western Isles in 2015 arrived to proud parents Rebecca and Hereward Proops.

Alfred Lewis Proops arrived into the world at 2:30am on January 3 weighing in at a healthy 10lbs.

A band that can boast to having had Peter Gabriel, Robert Plant and Sinéad O’Connor in their line up will play this year’s HebCelt Festival.

The Grammy-nominated Afro Celt Sound System, like the festival, are marking their 20th year in 2015.

They are one of the first acts to confirm they will be playing the July event, along with. Glasgow-based Treacherous Orchestra, who were nominated in the Best Group section in the 2013 Radio 2 Folk Awards and Highland outfit The Elephant Sessions, named as Up and Coming Artists of the Year at this year’s MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards.

Loganair have said passengers who accepted their offer of alternative travel during the recent flight disruption will not be entitled to a refund.

A spokesperson for the airline confirmed to the Gazette that passengers who accepted the offer of ferry and bus tickets will not be reimbursed for the cost of any cancelled flights, while those who rejected the offer can request a refund.