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Extra sailings confirmed after Lochmaddy crash

Caledonian MacBrayne has confirmed additional sailings to help ease disruption after the incident involving MV Hebrides this morning (1105, Sunday September 25). The vessel encountered a technical failure at approx 1105 as she was preparing to dock at Lochmaddy port on North Uist, which resulted in her striking pontoons in the harbour and the hull briefly touched the seabed. Divers will make an inspection of the below-water area of the hull tomorrow and, based on those findings, appropriate action

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Coll to Tiree trip is rare and wonderful


FOR the first time in a long-time Tiree got the chance to take a day trip to Coll. Several groups took that opportunity, such as the Tiree Primary School and Tiree Community Council, as well as some individuals from the island who just fancied a day out.

But for Alison Jones, the mother of the only child under five living on Coll, it was a wonderful day where her son got the chance to spend time with children his own age without having to go off island to do so.

Alison explains: ‘Thanks to

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Stem cell therapy plan for Guy


AN OBAN musician is playing a gig next month to fundraise for stem cell therapy to treat his multiple sclerosis.

Guy Forteith, 23, was diagnosed with MS when he was aged 16, and is hoping to raise £20,000 towards the new treatment, which he hopes will change his life.

‘I have problems with my vision, my balance and my walking,’ he said. ‘I have had all my teenage years ruined and this past year I have felt myself slowly but surely getting worse and worse. No matter how much I do to stay

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New affordable homes for Staffin

Affordable houses last built in Staffin in 1999 at the site of the former school.

Affordable houses last built in Staffin in 1999 at the site of the former school.

A DETERMINED Skye community trust has taken an important step to building new affordable houses in the north, 17 years after the last homes were built in the area.

Staffin Community Trust (SCT) has signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) with two housing bodies to progress plans for a six-unit development.

Working alongside the Lochalsh and Skye Housing Association (LSHA) and the Highlands Small Communities Housing Trust (HSCHT), SCT has been looking at potential suitable sites in Staffin for the

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Fun and games for Caol Primary before the big move

CAOL SCHOOL FINAL PARTY Robert Gosling plays detective in the game of ‘Blink Murder’ with fellow pupils of Caol Primary during their party to mark the last day in their old school, before moving to the new building next week. PICTURE IAIN FERGUSON, THE WRITE IMAGE

Robert Gosling plays detective in the game of ‘Blink Murder’ with fellow pupils at Caol Primary. Picture: Iain Ferguson, The Write Image

SCHOOLS are out forever in Fort William – or out of their current campus at least.

Pupils from Caol Primary are now enjoying a few days of rest after preparing for a move to their new state-of-the-art school on Monday.

The building itself may be only a stone’s throw away from the current primary but it has still been an emotional farewell to the classrooms and corridors where memories have been made and education careers commenced.

Children enjoyed games, held a special assembly and had

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