View across the Outer Harbour of Stornoway

Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Tuesday 18 September

Quite a nice, sunny day, which started quite chilly. However, the sun soon came out and the few showers that were about did not amount to very much in the end.

Went for an amble about town for a few bits and pieces, also to check on the demolition of the Nicolson Institute. This is proceeding apace, with several of the key buildings now disappeared, or in the process of going down. Every week I go up to take pictures of the demolition, and the results (if anyone is interested) can be viewed in this Flickr-set.
En-route to the "Nic", I noticed that the flags outside the council buildings on Sandwick Road were at half-mast. This was to mark the death of one of the islands' councillors, Bill Houston, who passed away suddenly last Saturday. Mr Houston, 60, was elected last May and represented the (discontiguous) ward of North Lochs and Uig.

Still on local news, the petrol stations in Uist (the islands of North Uist, Benbecula and South Uist) are running out of fuel, apparently due to problems at the wholesalers', Scottish Fuels. The Uists are not only afflicted by a fuel shortage, theirs is also about the dearest in the land, £1.55 a litre.