A mood-boosting get-together dubbed ‘Brew Monday’, organised by Samaritans nationally, is traditionally held on the third Monday of January, when the dark and wet of winter is getting us all down.

But in Stornoway this year Brew Monday is going to be on a Thursday because, as local organisers explain: “That’s the way we do it in the Western Isles!”

Samaritans of the Western Isles plan to host their Brew on Thursday January 23rd, between 11am and 5pm, at The Space in Stornoway Library.

Tea and cake, friendly chat and plenty of information about the work Samaritans do locally will be available – plus a drop-in visit from Peat & Diesel drummer Uilleam Macleod.

Uilly is grabbing the chance to support the charity before heading for Glasgow and the first gig in the band’s sell-out winter tour. He’ll be having a brew and welcoming visitors in from the cold for what he describes as “a really important organisation for the islands.”

A Samaritans spokesman told welovestornoway.com: “This is really just a chance to get together for a cuppa and share the warmth of good company – whatever the weather is doing outside.

“We welcome everyone to drop in any time they like between 11am and 5pm, and we guarantee a warm welcome and perhaps even a selfie with a local legend!”