The Oban Times - - Districts -

MEM­BERS of West­ern Isles Coun­cil’s Pol­icy and Re­sources Com­mit­tee will be asked to note a re­port on prepa­ra­tions for the 100th an­niver­sary of the loss of the Io­laire.

The Scot­tish Com­mem­o­ra­tions Panel has in­di­cated the re­mem­brance of the HMY Io­laire dis­as­ter will be the cul­mi­na­tion of the of­fi­cial pro­gramme of com­mem­o­ra­tive events. It is pro­posed the comhairle will host a civic event in re­mem­brance of the Io­laire dis­as­ter. The event would be on De­cem­ber 31, 2018, into Jan­uary 1, 2019. Part of the prepa­ra­tions for the event will be the re-in­state­ment of the path lead­ing down to the Io­laire mon­u­ment.

Fur­ther to the works gen­er­ated by the re­in­state­ment of the path, there is a pro­posal to erect a sculp­ture in­clud­ing in­ter­pre­ta­tion panels, re­flect­ing the loss of the HMY Io­laire and the im­pact on the com­mu­ni­ties of Lewis and Har­ris. An Lan­ntair is tak­ing for­ward the pro­posal and is cur­rently in dis­cus­sion with the artist con­cern­ing the fi­nal brief and ap­proach­ing fund­ing agen­cies to put to­gether fi­nance.

In ad­di­tion to a sculp­ture near the site of the memo­rial, con­sid­er­a­tion is be­ing given to hav­ing a sculp­ture in Stornoway town cen­tre which would serve as a marker to in­form and en­cour­age vis­i­tors to visit the memo­rial site. Com­mu­ni­ties have also ex­pressed an in­ter­est in repli­cat­ing a smaller ver­sion of the fi­nal sculp­ture in each com­mu­nity which suf­fered losses.

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