Friday, 7 November 2008

Iolaire Disaster

With only two days to go before Remembrance Sunday, I was very pleased to read in this week's Stornoway Gazette that the 90th anniversary of the sinking of the Iolaire off Stornoway Harbour will be formally commemorated on New Year's Day 2009. A film is currently being shot around the island about this tragedy. On New Year's Day, a remembrance service will be held at midday at the memorial, situated at Holm Point, which overlooks the site of the sinking. A wreath will be laid both on land and at sea. In case of inclement weather, the service will be moved to the TA Hall on Church Street in Stornoway.

You can read more on the Iolaire Disaster on this webpage.

The memorial from the site of Iolaire's sinking

1 comment:

  1. "We should never forget - the many. Deeply thought provoking and of remembrance - so very important."
    island poet from Mull

    "there's a book too, Arnish, for the more tactile ... 'The Dark Ship' by Anne MacLeod ... It's written in a fictional way, and is full of local references and families ... I enjoyed it ..."
    soaplady from in her library

    "This was a terrible tragedy,that was felt throughout the western isles and beyond.We should never forget those that lost their lives,the grieving families,or those that were touched by such sadness."
    Former seaman from Lewis

    "One of the first places I visited when I took up residence in October was to visit the memorial on the clifftop. Quite a humbling experience to reflect on the lives lost of local men so near to home, yet impossibly far. Requiescant en Pace."
    John (x333xxx) from Achmore, Isle of Lewis