Iolaire Community Remembrance Event

Date: Monday, 31 December, 2018
Time: 21:30
Location: Lewis Sports Centre
Address: 2 Springfield Road, Stornoway, Isle of Lewis, HS1 2PZ

The Iolaire Working Group is pleased to announce that the public will be able to reserve tickets for the Iolaire Community Remembrance Event from 9am on Monday 10th September 2018.

The event, which will take place at 9:30pm on Monday 31st December 2018 in the Lewis Sports Centre, is the main community event to mark the centenary of the Iolaire tragedy and will feature a lecture, military and school band performances, poetry readings and songs, drama and a spiritual element.

Norman A MacDonald, Chairman of the Iolaire Working Group, said: "This commemoration is of major significance for our Islands. The events of that terrible night in January 1919 impacted on communities throughout the Western Isles and remain a poignant reminder of the sacrifices made by our young men in the service of their country. It is the worst tragedy to befall our Islands and its effect reverberates to this day.

"The capacity for the event in the Lewis Sports Centre is 720 and therefore, although tickets will be free of charge, there will only a limited number available and we do anticipate huge demand for tickets. Tickets will be on a first come first serve basis and will be available to reserve from 9am on Monday 10th September.

"We would encourage the public to be mindful of older family members, neighbours or friends, who may wish to attend but may not have access to the internet and/or phone.

"This will be an opportunity for our community to bring in the New Year together as we remember the men and families associated with HMY Iolaire."

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