Legion to sell building

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The Royal British Legion Lewis Branch has decided to put its Stornoway building on the market.

The decision to sell the premise on South Street was taken at an Emergency General Meeting (EGM) last week. Currently the Branch is in discussions with an estate agent.

It is almost one year since the Lewis Branch held the first EGM about the future on the club. It was decided then that the club would stay open despite a monthly shortfall of around £3,000.

Secretary and Treasurer Donald Maciver had warned members if they did not use the premise they would “lose it”, and plans were put in place to make more financially viable.

The large building, which includes three bars and a ballroom, and the cost incurred with its upkeep, was one of the key issues raised.

However it was also stressed that the Branch would continue and was separate from the fate of the club premises.

Mr Maciver explained to the Gazette that the Lewis Branch will remain in the current building for the time being. “We’ll wait and see what offers we get,” he said.

As the building belongs to the branch “one idea is to buy another premises,” Mr Maciver added.