Information on New Year Iolaire Centenary Commemoration Events (31 December)

Date: Monday, 31 December, 2018
Time: 20:30
Location: Stornoway Town Hall
Address: South Beach, Stornoway, Isle of Lewis

31st December 2018 - Details on Events

As part of the commemorative events to mark the centenary of the loss of HMY Iolaire, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar is hosting a civic ceremony on 31st December 2018.  Weather permitting, there will be a torchlight procession led by Lewis Pipe Band from the Stornoway Town Hall to Ionad Spòrs Leòdhais - leaving at 8.30pm.  There will be 201 torches to represent the men who were tragically lost. 

The sold out "A Community Remembers" event will start at 9.30pm at Ionad Spòrs Leòdhais and will be broadcast live on BBC Radio nan Gàidheal and will also be streamed live on the internet at Iolaire Online. The programme will include prayer, psalms, music - new and traditional and a 15 piece Royal Marine Band, plus readings in English and Gaelic.  The MCs for the evening will be Angus MacDonald (BBC) and Agnes Rennie (Acair).  There is a relay into The Nicolson Institute which is also sold out. Those who have secured tickets for these events are reminded to bring the email confirmation along with them to collect the tickets between Monday 3rd and Friday 14th December (9-5pm) from the Comhairle buildings, Sandwick Road, Stornoway. Unless an alternative arrangement has been agreed, any uncollected tickets by 5pm on Friday 14th December will be allocated to those on the extensive waiting list.

Safety Advice - Due to the time of year and the likelihood of inclement weather, the organisers are advising the public to ensure that they come well prepared with appropriate clothing and footwear, particularly to the torchlight procession.


Several roads in the town will be closed to ensure pedestrian safety.  The public are advised to travel with care.

For the 31st of December, there will be restrictions on parking within the town centre and the public are requested to make use of the parking across from the Comhairle buildings at Sandwick Rd and The Nicolson Institute Car Park off Smith Avenue. Stewards will be on hand to provide advice and guidance on parking.

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