A garden of remembrance is to be placed for the first time in central Stornoway to mark the beginning of a fortnight of remembrance linked to Armistice Day.

A white cross placed near the Ross Battery memorial at the Drill Hall on Church Street on Friday (26th October) will mark the place for relatives to set their own memorials to those fallen in any conflict and in any of the armed services.

A ceremony at 11am on Friday will feature invited dignitaries, with all members of the public warmly invited to participate in the opening act of commemoration of a particularly poignant anniversary for the islands.

With it being 100 years since the Armistice which bought an end to the First World War on November 11th, 1918, there are anniversary events continuing up until the centenary of the Iolaire tragedy on January 1st 2019. 

This Friday small wooden crosses will be sold as mini-memorials, and they can be placed at the memorial garden at any time over the next two weeks. Similar gardens have previously been created at Inverness and in other towns and cities around Britain.

Poppy pins and collecting tins are now available in shops, businesses and public buildings around Lewis and Harris, with all money collected donated via Poppy Scotland to support veterans.