Local News for Wednesday 27th March 2019


A poignant family tribute to an inspirational Gaelic song enthusiast, singer and teacher will be staged as part of the Hebridean Celtic Festival this summer.

Rod Mackenzie, who passed away two years ago, was the founder and leader of three Gaelic choirs from Back, in Lewis, who frequently enjoyed success at the Royal National Mod and other competitions. His extensive work and commitment to his community earned him a place in the Scottish Traditional Music Hall of Fame.

A concert ‘ Mackenzie Clan’ will feature three of Rod’s four daughters Eilidh, Gillie and Fiona, known collectively as the group Mackenzie, along with some of his 13 grandchildren, in-laws and members of his beloved Back Choir, now conducted by his good friend Avril Allen. The concert will be prepared under the musical direction of Rod’s grandson, the award-winning musician, Innes White.

The event will be held on Wednesday, 17th July, opening a musical programme at An Lanntair arts centre in Stornoway during HebCelt.

The title, Mackenzie Clan stems from the time when Rod, coming to terms with his terminal diagnosis in August 2016, took to sharing his musical memories on social media and the positive response he received brought much comfort during the next six months.


Over the last month, the Integration Joint Board (IJB) has been consulting on how best to make use of three care units in Point, Uig and Carloway.

Demand for the care units has fallen and as such the IJB is interested in views about what options should be pursued in relation to their future use.

Three public meetings have been held in order that members of the public could hear more about the care units and share their views.

At these meetings, people asked for more time to respond to the consultation and as such the Integration Joint Board will extend the consultation period by another month.

The consultation will now close on Friday 26th April. The consultation details, including information about how to respond, are on the IJB website at www.ijbwesternisles.scot