Stornoway Gazette letters July 19th

HEB CELT THANKS

The Hebridean Celtic Festival Trust (HCFT) would like to thank all who helped promote and stage this year’s annual event.

We are grateful to the local and national funding agencies, Creative Scotland, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, Highlands and Islands Enterprise for their continued support.

We also acknowledge the continued support of Caledonian MacBrayne, VisitScotland and the Co-op Membership Scheme and new financial input from PRS Foundation for Music that allowed us to grow our programme for new music.

We also wish to thank the many businesses who support us, in particular those who assisted in the site build; DR Macleod, Duncan Mackay & Sons, Bardon Hebrides, O’Macs, Heb Plant, Calmax and Lewis Builders. We also wish to thank the numerous others acknowledged on our website that helped support this year’s festival.

Thanks also to the local media for their support and the many individuals in the community who help in a myriad of ways to bring this event together and who welcome all who come for the event.

We also wish to say a special thanks to all the shops in town that showed their support by decorating their windows to celebrate and promote festival week. Well done to all who joined in the community spirit!

Our thanks also to Northern Constabulary, Scottish Ambulance Service and volunteers from the Coastguards and First Responders for ensuring the event was carried off in a safe manner, and to the Stornoway Trust for permitting us to use this fabulous setting. We also wish to thank the general public for their forbearance whilst the festival occupied this special area.

The festival has grown from humble beginnings but has done so through the solid efforts of a small group of dedicated volunteers who work tirelessly throughout the year to grow and develop the event for the benefit of the wider community.

In addition to their year round input, this year we were extremely fortunate to recruit 148 volunteers, many of whom travelled great distances to help out. The feedback from festivalgoers and performers alike has been hugely complimentary to their efforts and we salute them all.

And finally to make the festival complete we thank all who showed your support and bought a ticket and came to the show.

HCFT looks forward to celebrating the Hebridean Celtic Festival’s 18th outing next year where we will continue the musical journey whilst promoting our distinctive Hebridean life and culture through the International platform we have all helped to create.

Caroline Maclennan, on behalf of the HCF Trust

FRIENDLY ISLANDS

We have been attempting to trace Innes Morrison who we believe lives somewhere in the region of Suainebost, on the left hand side of the A857 road heading North towards the Port of Ness.

As we have been unsuccessful in discovering his address (probably due to numerous people with the same name in the same area) we would like, through your paper, to publicly offer our thanks for his kindness when he gave us a lift from South Galson on Thursday, May 31st this year.

He went out of his way to show us several places of interest and deliver us to the Butt of Lewis. Later returning to reunite us with our camera which we had accidentally left in his car.

We had arrived in Stornoway the previous day on holiday from the Lake District and his kindness and friendship was to set the theme of our time in the wonderful Outer Hebrides.

Without exception we encountered the same easy friendliness and genuine concern from everyone we met as we used the local buses and ferries, stayed in hostels and bunkhouses and spoke to people in Tourist Information Centres and shops from the Butt of Lewis to Castlebay on Barra.

It was a holiday to remember for the scenery and the people and it will remain a very special place for all the above reasons.

Jean and Bille Leece, Kendal,

SHOUTING ABOUT BANKS

Surely I’m not the only person to notice that the banking crisis of recent years has produced its own variation of the tailor’s dummy.

The banker’s mannequin is not seen standing in fashion shop windows but sitting in London and Edinburgh parliaments.

They can be distinguished from the real parliamentarians by their vacant glazed expression as those around them become animated when holding to account the Scottish banks for the ‘casino’ practises which resulted in their downfall and a massive unwanted bill for innocent UK taxpayers.

The mannequins only briefly come to life with a slow nodding of their heads to indicate approval when they hear the sound of the previous Labour government being blamed entirely for the bankers’ greed fuelled squandering of depositors’ money

I’ve already spotted two of these amongst the real parliamentarians - Island politicians MP Angus Brendan Macneil and MSP Alasdair Allan.

It’s now believed these bankers mannequins habitat may be more widespread than previously thought. So, it would be interesting to hear from other Stornoway Gazette readers who may have observed more of these dummies at large.

Iain M Macdonald, Uig

LETTERS TOPIC FOR JULY 26TH

MORE DETAILED PLANS FOR THE NEW FERRY WHICH WILL SERVICE THE STORNOWAY ULLAPOOL ROUTE HAVE BEEN PRESENTED.

ISSUES SUCH AS HOW FAST THE CROSSING SHOULD BE, THE DESIGN OF THE NEW VESSEL AND THE PROVISION OF NEW FACILITIES TO ACCOMMODATE A LARGER BOAT HAVE BEEN CONSIDERED.

HOWEVER THE PUBLIC MEETING WHICH PRESENTED THESE DETAILS WAS POORLY ATTENDED, SO THE GAZETTE WOULD LIKE TO INVITE YOU TO OFFER YOUR OPINION ON THE PLANS FOR THE NEW VESSEL AND THE PROPOSALS BEING OFFERED ABOUT HOW THE SERVICE WILL OPERATE.

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