A memorial bench in Portnaguran has triggered a flood of memories for local residents.

The new bench has been placed at the foot of croft number 5, where the family of Alexander (Sandy) Campbell lived.

Sandy passed away in 2017 and the bench has been placed by his widow, Rose, looking out over Broad Bay and the small village harbour in Portnaguran.

On Wednesday September 12th, Sandy’s friend and neighbour John ‘Tonkan’ Macdonald called together a reunion of old pals to visit the memorial and share memories of their childhood.

Tonkan said: “Sandy came among us when he was about 15 months old, together with his sister Cathy. Their father sent them from Glasgow, when the mother died suddenly, home to live with Granny and Grandpa at number 5.

“Sandy and Cathy quickly learned to speak Gaelic, although they both always kept an unusual accent. They could not have come to a better place to grow up. We were never out of the shore and we all used to go about in a gang together. We were great friends, boys and girls alike.

“The place where the bench has been put is where Sandy and his grandfather planted and lifted potatoes – at that time the crofts came right down to the shore there. I remember every New Year we used to build a big bonfire up at Small Head, competing with the bonfire at Portvoller.

“The bench is a beautiful, well-made memorial looking out over a lovely view. Myself, Iain ‘Nomie’ and Kenneth ‘Kenniman’ were there looking at it and remembering those happy times together with Sandy, when we were all boys.”



Picture shows the bench dedicated to Sandy visited by Kenneth Macdonald and John ‘Tonkan’ Macdonald (Portnaguran) and John Campbell (Portvoller).