Pupils from Laxdale School were among the first people to get to use the design facilities on the new Harris Tweed app when it was launched on Tuesday this week (October 12).

The app - which is available for Android and IOS devices - is easy to download and divided into the 'serious' and 'fun' sections - there is part which looks at the history of Harris Tweed and a completely different section which allows the use to select from a massive range of colours and patterns to create their very own cloth - which is then wrapped round mile and female models, a chair, shoes and a teddy bear. 

The patterns devised can be named and kept - and some people expect that would-be designers as well as young people will use this app.

A beautifully designed cake with the image of an iPad and the app display was available at the launch - but no cake is available to download! 

The app has very straightforward controls - but you must remember to run your finger round the Harris Tweed Orb label or it won't stick down and the app won't progress to the final stage.