Ballet Hebrides fundraiser is huge success

Ballet Hebrides held a fundraising show, at An Lanntair on 17th June, and raised £1,628.54 for Action for Children Eilean Siar and Hope & Homes for Children.

They were joined by the Nicolson Institute Band and The Lewis Branch of the Clarsach Society.

The event was made possible with the support of the Rotary Club of Stornoway.


Queen Elizabeth cruises into harbour

The Cunard cruise ship Queen Elizabeth is in the outer harbour of Stornoway today, with passengers touring the island on coaches and small launches rushing back and forth between the giant ship and the Stornoway harbour terminal.

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HebCelt hits record ticket sales in 21st year

The Hebridean Celtic Festival returns to Lews Castle Green for its 21st birthday party next month

The award-winning Hebridean Celtic Festival is heading for a sell-out with tickets going faster than at any time during the event’s 21-year history.

Two weeks before it opens, it is already the highest grossing HebCelt in terms of sales. All weekend tickets have been sold, as have those for the opening and closing nights, while only a limited number remain for Friday.

Half the HebCelt audience will come from outside the event’s base in the island of Lewis, confirming its reputation for attracting huge numbers of visitors and generating an economic boom for the Outer Hebrides.

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The force is with Ross as he heads for HebCelt

Blue Rose Code, aka Ross Wilson

Ross Wilson has lived in exile for more than 15 years which makes his visits to Scotland more poignant and productive.

Much of his latest album ‘And Lo! The Bird is on the Wing’, released in March, was written in Shetland - at the opposite end of the country from his home near Bournemouth on the south coast of England.

“I moved here from London after 15 years there, it's a complete change of pace; just myself and the ocean. I have pals in Shetland and we've been up to play on three different occasions,” said Edinburgh-born Ross, aka Blue Rose Code.

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MP asks mobile giants to recruit island-based staff

Angus MacNeil MP is calling on mobile operators EE and Vodafone to have a staffing presence in the Outer Hebrides who can be available to assist with the care and maintenance of equipment.

Mr MacNeil is pointing out that Faroese telecom company Føroya Telecom is Headquartered in Tórshavn, the capital of the Faroe Islands, and branch offices are located throughout the country and they employ over 190 staff.

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Museum nan Eilean public opening – 14th July!

Museum nan Eilean at Lews Castle, Stornoway opens its doors to the public for the first time on 14th July.

Part of the Heritage Lottery Fund supported Lews Castle project, the museum explains life in the Outer Hebrides from prehistory to the present with a range of exhibitions including significant archaeological finds from National Museum Scotland.

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