Lews Castle College UHI’s graduation ceremony at Martin’s Memorial Church tomorrow (Friday August 23rd) will offer students an opportunity to celebrate both what they have achieved and who they have become, according to the keynote speaker.

Professor Alasdair Smith is returning home to Lewis to deliver the graduation address. One of an accomplished and well-respected family, he grew up in Ness and Sandwick, where his Breasclete-born father was headteacher first of Lionel School and later of Sandwick School. His mother was from Newvalley.

Members of uniformed services and supporters of military charities are among the visits on a whistle-stop tour of Stornoway by a parliamentary spokesman on military affairs today (Thursday August 22nd).

Scottish Conservative MSP for West Scotland Maurice Corry is convener of the Scottish Parliament’s cross-party group on armed forces and the veterans’ community. He’s also a former territorial army officer and army reservist, his last posting serving with 7 Scots.

The Western Isles MP is encouraging constituents to check their domestic white-goods appliances.

“With 47 fires caused by tumble dryers in Scottish homes last year and a major, ongoing tumble dryer recall, all of us need to check and use them safely”, explains Na h-Eileanan an Iar MP, Angus MacNeil.