Get ready for a second Viking landing at the port

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To celebrate the end of their 150 anniversary year, Stornoway Port Authority are bringing the Vikings to town - accompanied by Santa Claus.

The spectacle will take place on Friday, December 11.

In order to make it one big celebration, the Stornoway Amenity Trust are rescheduling the Christmas Light Switch-On to this date where the Port Authority will be joining the party and decorating the harbour.

The Vikings were a big hit when they took part in Tattoo Hebrides last summer and stayed on for the annual carnival (pictured).

The group from Shetland will arrive on Cromwell Street Quay at 7pm on Friday the 11th and bring Santa to a very special ceremony in Perceval Square.

Forty torch bearers and pipe bands will escort the Viking/Santa entourage to the square where the bands will play, the Christmas lights will be switched on, the party will begin and Santa will go to a special Grotto nearby to give out presents.

Chief Executive of Stornoway Port Authority, Alex MacLeod, said: “We are delighted to be working with Stornoway Amenity Trust and ending our 150 anniversary year with such a fantastic event.”

Charlie Nicolson, chair of the Amenity Trust, added: “We are delighted with the plans for this year’s event.

‘‘It really promises to be an evening to remember for all the family.

“I hope as many people as possible will turn out and support this very special occasion.”