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A memorial ceilidh is being organised in April to celebrate the life of the late John Love.

The ceilidh will take place on Saturday, April 27, in Stoneybridge village hall from 7.30 pm to 11 pm.

Local musicians will be entertaining, along with other guest artists wishing to join in.

John’s brother, David, said: “A welcome drink and teas, etc, plus sandwiches will be provided, plus there will be a pay bar. Look forward to seeing you.”

There was an outpouring of shock and sadness when John Love died suddenly at his South Uist cottage on October 18 last year.

John was a well-known figure throughout Uist and Barra and widely across Scotland. His funeral was held on Monday, November 6, in Inverness.

Born in Inverness and a graduate in Zoology from Aberdeen University, John managed the Sea Eagle Reintroduction for the Nature Conservancy Council on the Isle of Rum from 1975 to 1985.  

As a freelance author and illustrator, he published and illustrated several books on an array of natural history subjects.

In 1992, he was appointed Area Officer for Scottish Natural Heritage, covering the Uists, Barra and St Kilda until he retired in 2006. 

In retirement in South Uist, he continued to work as a freelance author, giving illustrated lectures about the Hebrides and his travels to many parts of the world, islands and seabirds being particular passions.

He published several books, including the acclaimed ‘The Return of the Sea Eagle.’