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Hebrides News


Islanders celebrate New Year

1 January 2017

This bagpiper entertained revelers in Stornoway town centre as they welcomed in the New Year.

Hundreds of people took in the bells at events in pubs and clubs across the islands.

The weather stayed dry in the early hours though the north wind had a chilly bite.

Watchnight services were held in some churches in the islands.

One musician was attending a service in New Wine Church in Stornoway’s Point Street and, after midnight, went outside to perform a number of tunes on his pipes.


Fireworks greeted in 2017 in Castlebay and the MVIsle of Lewis sounded her horn at midnight.

Meanwhile, an extra plane flew to Barra to ensure passengers got to the island for Hogmanay. Travellers were stranded after one aircraft on Friday was cancelled due to bad weather. Three flights arrived yesterday before the tide washed back over the Traigh Mhòr.

However, many air passengers setting off from London to the Western Isles had to cancel their journeys as heavy fog hit plane services in the south of England.