Comhairle Thanks The Nicolson Institute and Stornoway Amenity Trust

Iolaire Memorial

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has thanked both The Nicolson Institute and Stornoway Amenity Trust for the unveiling of the slate engraving and stone cairn at Carn Gardens, Stornoway, earlier today.

The stone cairn included stones to represent each man lost and were collected from the home village of each of the 201 sailors lost on the Iolaire in 1919.

Cllr Alasdair Macleod, Vice-chairman of Policy and Resources Committee, who attended the event, said: “On behalf of the Comhairle I would just like to thank the pupils and staff of The Nicolson and the Amenity Trust for all their hard work in creating such a fitting and poignant memorial. Despite the driving wind and rain, there was an amazing turn out from the community. The pupils are a credit to both themselves and the school and their dedication over recent months, in collecting the stones from across the United Kingdom and in the planning of today’s event, should be commended. We are also grateful to Prof Rev Drummond and to Alexander Matheson and all participants for their part in today’s event.”

The event was the first in a series of planned events this calendar year to commemorate the centenary of the Iolaire disaster.