This Friday is the 80th Anniversary of the battle at St Valéry which saw the capture of thousands of Allied troops during World War II. There will be a short commemorative ceremony at the Clock Tower outside the Nicolson Institute on Friday at 10am where members of the school's pipe and brass bands will play.
The appropriate social distancing will be adhered to, with the musicians being 5m apart, rather than 2m, as guidelines for players of such instruments dictate. Other members of the school's bands will mark the anniversary elsewhere on the island.
The ceremony will be live streamed on The Comhairle Facebook page at 10am to allow people to watch from home.
The Convener of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, Norman A. Macdonald, said: “It is important that we join the Poppy Scotland Commemorations on Friday to mark the 80th Anniversary of the battle at St Valéry. Many Lewismen, including former pupils of The Nicolson Institute served in the regiments in this division and saw action at St Valéry. The commemorative ceremony at The Nicolson Institute is especially appropriate given that many former pupils were involved.
I would like to thank the school's Instrumental Tutors for their organisation of this commemoration and the school’s talented musicians for giving up their time to take part.”