Slideshow: Week In Pictures 21.8.14

In this week’s Stornoway Gazette we hear the thoughts on Scottish independence from the final two panellists in the Stornoway Gazette’s Big Referendum Debate – Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and Scottish Labour Party Leader Johann Lamont.

Stornoway tickets for the Big Referendum Debate – which takes place in Stornoway Town Hall on Monday, September 1st (7.30pm-10pm) – are now gone, but there is a chance to collect tickets, two per person, from Spornis in Ness between 10am and 12 noon; and at the North Harris Trust office in Tarbert from 3pm to 5pm on Thursday, August 28th. Tickets are distributed on a first come first served basis so make sure you don’t miss out!

Open water swimmer Colleen Blair

Open water swimmer Colleen Blair

Also in news this week Secretary of State for Scotland, Alistair Carmichael, explains the Islands’ framework set by the UK Government in a visit to Lewis; and also on Lewis this week was Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Danny Alexander, announcing a £1million boost to Gaelic broadcasting.

Gazette weather columnist Eddie Graham reveals that despite recent winds and rain there’s a chance summer in the Western Isles isn’t over yet; and readers can enjoy a photo gallery of action from last weekend’s Aries13 Rally Hebrides.

We take a literary look with the South Uist connections of late Scot’s actor Iain McColl revealed in new book ‘McColl of the Wild’; explore the latest crime thriller on offer from award-winning Lewis writer Malcolm Mackay; and ‘Lewis Trilogy’ author Peter May invites an audience to join him at a special ‘Entry Island’ book launch in An Lanntair, where he will screen some never before seen film footage of his research for the critically acclaimed novel.

Entertainments delivers this year’s Loopallu Festival line-up as the Ullapool based music party sells-out before acts are announced.

And our jam-packed sports section tells the attempt of open water swimmer Colleen Blair who is trying to swim the Minch solo; as well as news from Harris Gun Club; the Salmon Company’s second annual Salmon Run; news from Stornoway Rugby Club’s Rugby Force day and all the highs and lows of a week in island football.

All this plus letters, Districts news, nostalgia, puzzles and much, much more. Check out this week’s Stornoway Gazette, out now.