This coming Sunday, 19 July 2009, will see a momentous occasion in recent history of the Isle of Lewis.
Caledonian MacBrayne have announced that with immediate effect, every Sunday, a ferry will depart Stornoway at 14.30, arriving in Ullapool at 17.15 and departing there at 18.15. The sailing will return to Stornoway at 21.00. In spite of a vociferous campaign on the part of opponents of the Sabbath sailings, Calmac have now gone ahead, apparently with the green light from the Scottish Government.
It would appear that a flood of emails arising from the Hebridean Celtic Festival have precipitated events. The decision has caused upset amongst the Lords Day Observance Society as well as to Comhairle nan Eilean Siar. Their outcry will have no effect - the decision looks made and set in stone.