Events to remember lives lost on Iolaire

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As part of the commemorative events to mark the centenary of the loss of HMY Iolaire, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar is hosting a civic ceremony on December 31.

Weather permitting, there will be a torchlight procession led by Lewis Pipe Band from the Stornoway Town Hall to Ionad Spòrs Leòdhais, leaving at 8.30pm. There will be 201 torches to represent the men who were tragically lost.

The sold-out A Community Remembers event will start at 9.30pm at Ionad Spòrs Leòdhais and will be broadcast live on BBC Radio nan Gàidheal and will also be streamed live on the internet at Iolaire Online. The programme will include prayer, psalms, music – new and traditional and a 15-piece Royal Marine Band, plus readings in English and Gaelic.

The MCs for the evening will be Angus MacDonald (BBC) and Agnes Rennie (Acair).  Those with tickets for these events are reminded to bring the email confirmation with them to collect the tickets between Monday and Friday December 3 to 14 (9am-5pm) from the comhairle buildings, Sandwick Road, Stornoway.

The Scottish Commemoration Panel is holding a memorial service on January 1 (subject to weather), at the Iolaire Memorial, Holm at noon. The service will be broadcast live on BBC Radio nan Gàidheal.

Transportation by shuttle buses to the site will be arranged from the Nicolson Institute bus park.

Also at noon, there will also be a service aboard the MV Loch Seaforth led by the Rev James MacIver, Stornoway Free Church, following which 201 children from across the islands will throw flowers into the sea. Due to the safety restrictions at Holm, there will be a number of tickets reserved for the service aboard the MV Loch Seaforth for those with accessibility requirements.