Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has thanked both the Nicolson Institute and Stornoway Amenity
Trust for the unveiling of the slate engraving and stone cairn at Carn Gardens, Stornoway.
The cairn includes stones to represent each man lost and were collected from the
home village of the 201 sailors lost on the Iolaire in 1919.
Cllr Alasdair Macleod, vice-chairman of the council’s policy and resources committee,
who attended Friday’s unveiling, said: “On behalf of the comhairle I would just like
to thank the pupils and staff of the Nicolson and the amenity trust for all their
hard work in creating such a fitting and poignant memorial.
“Despite the driving wind and rain, there was an amazing turn out from the community.
“The pupils are a credit to both themselves and the school and their dedication over
recent months, in collecting the stones from across the United Kingdom and in the
planning of today’s event, should be commended.”
He added: “We are also grateful to Prof Rev Drummond and to Alexander Matheson and
all participants for their part in the event.”
The event was the first in a series of planned events this year to commemorate the
centenary of the Iolaire disaster.