Isles FM News in association with Hebrides News - Wednesday 10th June 2020



A seventh person in the Western Isles has tested positive for Covid-19.

This is the first confirmed case of the virus in the islands since 10 April.

A health board spokesperson said: “The individual remains well and is self isolating at home. Contacts have been identified and are being contacted in line with test-and-protect.”

The island resident was tested in recent days and the results provided to the health board via the UK notification system.






Ian Taylor, who rejuvenate the Harris Tweed industry, has died at the age of 64.

He forged links with the Western Isles 13 years ago by investing in the Harris Tweed sector, which was then at grave risk of fading away, with hundreds of jobs in peril.

This was in 2009 the darkest point in the fabric’s history, when the Kenneth Mackenzie mill in Stornoway shut following mass redundancies. Survival of the industry, depended on renewing the derelict Shawbost Mill, financially backed by Ian Taylor who set up Harris Tweed Hebrides.  

Brian Wilson, chairman of Harris Tweed Hebrides, said: ““Everyone involved in Harris Tweed Hebrides and the wider community, owes him a huge debt of gratitude. Without Ian's backing this company, and possibly the Harris Tweed industry, would not exist. We will respect his memory for everything he made possible.






The Habost Household Waste and Re-cycling Centre, will be opening tomorrow Thursday, between 10am and midday. From next week the Habost Recycling Centre will be open Mondays 2pm till 4pm and Thursday 10am-Midday.

Only cars will be permitted into the site, with one car entering the facility at a time. There will be queueing system and traffic management in operation. Drivers are requested to switch engines off whilst in the queue. Social distancing applies and staff cannot assist with the disposal of heavy items. Government guidance on social distancing must be adhered to. Customers should only visit a household waste recycling centre to dispose of waste which cannot be stored safely at home. Customers should not visit the re cycling centre more than once a week. Further details can be found on the website of Urras Oighreachd Ghabsainn.






Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) have announced that two local projects have secured awards, through its Plunge In! Coasts and Waters Community Fund.

The announcement on World’s Ocean Day will ensure Scotland’s celebratory themed year, leaves a lasting legacy in dozens of communities.

The fund seeks to engage and connect more people with our seas, coasts, lochs, rivers, streams and wetlands, as well as their unique wildlife, and to leave a legacy from the year, for example through improved skills and knowledge or the creation of a community resource.

Successful groups were the Lewis and Harris Youth Club Association, to learn to snorkel on the Harris Snorkel Trail and to celebrate and promote their experiences

Meantime Taigh Chearsbhagh’s Tide Lines Project aims to increase awareness and share ideas on building resilience, in the face of changing coastlines on North Uist.






“Hundreds of pipers across Scotland will play the tune Heroes of St Valery on Friday to remember events at St Valery in 1940. 


Friday 12th June 2020 will be the 80th Anniversary of the 51st Highland Division’s surrender at St Valery. The occasion will be marked by pipers and other musicians joining up to play The Heroes of St Valery, a pipe tune composed by a veteran of the battle. Pipe Major Donald MacLean of Balantrushal

A large number of Western Isles Men were captured at St Valery and were prisoners of war for five years.