View across the Outer Harbour of Stornoway

Friday, 26 November 2010

Friday 26 November

An unpleasant winter's day, which started out with a good covering of the white stuff. It is still lying, with occasional light showers making sure it does not fade altogether. I don't mind snow at all, but the biting northerly wind is less than pleasant. It is a sustained force 5 to 6, with the weatherstation at the Butt of Lewis reporting gusts to 60 mph. It has caused the cancellation of the ferry this afternoon.

Tomorrow morning, the national championships cross country running are to be held in the Castle Grounds here in Stornoway, but as the competitors cannot come on the evening ferry tonight, I do not know whether the run can be held. Leaving any problems with snow to one side. One competitor, who was due to travel from Orkney, was thwarted through two ferry cancellations: one was the Stromness to Scrabster service from Orkney, the other was our ferry link.

A teacher in a local primary school has been struck off the teaching register in Scotland, after she removed the plaster from a boy's arm against medical advice. It is known what prompted the teacher to do this, but it is thought likely that the teacher concerned will be banned from working with children altogether.