Residents from the Goathill and Springfield roads area of Stornoway gathered in force last night (Thursday July 11th) to celebrate the contributions to community life made by local residents.

The event was on the green that forms the centre of the Goathill Crescent roundabout and was held in bright sunshine on a warm evening which encouraged a large and enthusiastic gathering.

The event was introduced by local Councillor Charlie Nicolson who spoke of the vital role played by those whose contributions were being marked. The event involved the inveiling of two commemorative benches.

One bench is named in honour of retired surgeon Mr Duncan Maclean for his medical services to the community and the other for DL and Violet Smith for “services to the youth of Stornoway through the YMCA, Scouts, Guides and for services to the Stornoway Historical Society.”

The Goathill and Springfield Residents Association thanked Staran – part of Third Sector Hebrides – for the commemorative seats; GDS Ltd for the plaques; Stornoway Trust for the timber; the ward funding from Councillor Nicolson and from Councillor Rae Mackenzie for supporting the scheme; Malcolm Macdonald, who chairs the Stornoway Historical Society and conducted part of the event; and piper Joshua Morrison.