A world-class centre is being proposed in Stornoway to commemorate the Iolaire Disaster of almost 100 years ago.

This became known after Stewart Graham of Gael Force Group called in to meet the official Iolaire Working Group in Stornoway today (Tuesday January 30th).

The Iolaire Working Group is planning commemorative events in the run up the 100th anniversary of the worst Royal Navy peacetime maritime disaster in less than a year’s time.

The group explains on its Facebook Page about “the vision for a world-class Iolaire Visitor Centre which will form part of the legacy of the Iolaire Centenary Commemorations.

“The Centre, which is currently at a very early planning stage, will be based in Stornoway and will tell the story of the Iolaire tragedy.

“It will also include an exhibition area, a high-end destination restaurant and all in all, will provide a high quality visitor experience.

“It is anticipated that a project plan will be completed by December 2018 with a view to works beginning in 2020.”

A public meeting is being planned for Stornoway Town Hall on Tuesday February 27th when the outline of the proposal will be made available for public consultations and comment.

The Centre project has a separate working group comprising Mr Graham and representatives from a variety of local organisations, including the Port Authority, Stornoway Trust, An Lanntair Arts Centre, Museum nan Eilean, local historical societies and others.

(This report has been updated to correct the date of the meeting since first being published)