The camaraderie of war was renewed in Stornoway today (Tuesday January 1st) as Lewis Camanachd played host to mighty opponents at the Bayhead pitch.
Travelling to the Western Isles to take part in the islands’ commemoration of 100 years since the Iolaire tragedy were Kinlochshiel Shinty Club, 2018 winners of the Macaulay Cup and worthy opposition for the centenary tribute match.
The team are based at Balmacara on the west coast of Scotland, close to Kyle of Lochalsh, the departure point for the Iolaire on the night of December 31st 1918.
The teams observed a two-minute silence before the game, in recognition of the lives lost 100 years ago today in the Iolaire disaster.
Although the final scoreline was 0-4 to the visitors Lewis did not come away empty-handed – a commemorative silver salver was presented to the Lewis team by Kinlochshiel Shinty Club.
Both teams are due to be joined for a memorable ceilidh in Stornoway this evening by sailors from HMS Prince of Wales and the Royal Navy submarine base at Faslane, who acted as honour guard for His Royal Highness Prince Charles at the commemorative service at Holm today.
They’ll also welcome members of the Royal Marines Band, who played at the civic commemoration in Ionad Spòrs Leòdhais last night (Monday).
Pictures show Kinlochshiel and Lewis clubs before the match and the silver salver presented to Lewis by the visitors. (Kinlochshiel Shinty Club).