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An open day about a proposal to build an Iolaire visitor centre is being held Stornoway Town Hall until 6pm today.


The facility aims to commemorated the tragic sinking of the HMY Iolaire in 1919 at the entrance of Stornoway harbour with the loss of 201 lives.


People are being encouraged to fill in a short survey on the plans which are being progressed by businessman Stewart Graham.


Mr Graham said: “I hope local people and the business community will take the opportunity to come along to the open day and find out more about this important project which, 100 years after this most terrible tragedy, will provide a lasting legacy to the memory of the men who lost their lives.


“I would also like to encourage local people and the business community to complete the feedback survey. It is vitally important that we gain as much feedback as possible from sections of the community to best inform how we take this important project forward.


“We should expect that what we create will encourage people from all over the UK and further afield to make visits to the island to take in this visitor experience as part of an island visit.


“Not only would this be a lasting testament, but the centre would provide a major, transformational, economic boost for the islands.”


“We should all be proud of the project and how we tell the story. We should be proud of those who were lost and who survived.”


The survey is available at

Iolaire visitor centre open day

27 February 2018