This afternoon (Friday, 26 November) the Festive Light displays around Stornoway Town Centre were switched on.
Unfortunately, due to the COVID situation, no public switch-on event could be held but the organisers are hopeful that this can be rectified next year.
For the fifth successive year, the displays are being funded by Supporters of the Western Isles Lottery which continues to grow from strength to strength. Each year new additions have been made and this year is no exception.
The Lottery Team said: “Alongside a number of local businesses, we have worked hard to expand this year’s display. We are proud to have been able to light up our main bus station, illuminate our recently commissioned Mr Glen sculpture beside the Porter’s Lodge, re-install the flag pole lights on South Beach as well as the installation of a beautiful new centre piece on Point Street which will be unveiled next week. We also welcomed the opportunity to dress “Murdo MacLean’s” windows with the help of some financial assistance from its new owner.
"We have also installed stainless steel, “fairybell” tree like shaped structures around Stornoway Town Centre to help prevent climate change and increased greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.
The structures are fully sustainable and will last for many years to come. They also eliminate the need to cut down trees from our beautiful castle grounds each year – and make sustainable use of funds raised by supporters of the Western Isles Lottery who make the Festive Light displays across the Western Isles possible.
Three local businesses have also been supported as a result of this initiative.
The Stornoway Team work closely with each group of successful sub-teams formed around the Isles who all share each other’s innovative ideas. Larger displays in Harris, Uist and Barra will be lit this year to bring cheer to the Communities, and Barvas Community Hall will stand out brightly lit for those heading towards the north and west sides of Lewis.
Janet Paterson of Western Isles Lottery said “It’s just great seeing the fruits of everyone’s efforts coming together right across our Islands to light up what would otherwise be a dark and dismal winter, especially for residents, but also for all the visitors who come at this time of the year.
"Without the continued support of our local Lottery, this simply couldn’t happen and we genuinely thank everyone who has joined in. To date, £280,000 has been distributed across all communities and £140,000 has been won in weekly cash & Voucher prizes. That’s a total of £420,000 – so it’s a Win-Win for everyone."
Tony Robson, WILL Chair, said “We give special thanks to ACE Electrical Services and MacMillan Engineering for all their hard work. Thanks also go to Gordon Diesel Engineering and to CNES and The Stornoway Trust who fully supported the projects.
"A big thank you to all our local lottery supporters, we wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!”