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Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has issued a reminder today (Wednesday 4 November) about limitations on gathering for Remembrance Sunday and Armistice Day events.

They said: “Due to Covid-19 Tier 1 restrictions on gatherings, the Remembrance Service at the Lewis War Memorial on Sunday 8 November will be by invitation only. 

“Organisations other than those invited may lay wreaths at the memorial at any time after 12.30pm on Sunday, always adhering to social distancing guidelines.

“Members of the public are respectfully asked to observe Remembrance Sunday appropriately in their own homes.”

Recordings are being made for a service to be streamed online from Martin’s Memorial Church to replace the traditional gathering of commemoration.

Recording tomorrow (Thursday 5 November) and Saturday will help to create a Remembrance Sunday Service  to be streamed at 10.50am on Sunday (8 November) on youtube at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCMsBOn7RHu8cozghAl73JIQ, on Facebook live and at www.martinsmemorial.tv

Minister Reverend Tommy MacNeil said: “We're all mindful that this coming weekend we have Remembrance Sunday – an important day in the life of our nation. Whilst we continue to live with various restrictions on daily life, we want to make sure we observe this special time.  

“Martin's Memorial will be leading an online Remembrance Service that will commence at 10.50am. This will enable us to observe the two minutes silence at 11.00am.  You are warmly welcome to join us for this service.”

The Nicolson Institute are making a recording today (Wednesday) of pipes played by Jamie Doig and the Last Post and Reveille played by Emily Davidson on trumpet.

Armistice Day itself is next Wednesday (11 November) and a number of commemorations will take place at 11am on that day at local war memorials including at Garrabost, Back, Stornoway ferry terminal, Lewis war memorial, at the Drill Hall and at the Harris War Memorial in Tarbert.

Pipers include Arron Ingram, Liam Campbell, Joshua Morrison, Paul Ross and Jamie Doig while the bugle/trumpet will be sounded at different ceremonies by Karen Logue, Emily Davidson, Oscar Fish and Tom Blunt.