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New Years Fireworks

Discontent was expressed on social media on the run up to the new year celebrations in Stornoway, revellers were disappointed at the lack of the traditional fireworks display over Bayhead this year,. Fortunately, mother nature had a plan B in store as the town was lit in the green glow of an amber aurora alert!

Aurora over Lady Matheson's Statue, Stornoway


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Vikings Come to Stornoway

Friday 11th, December 2015

It's that time of year again for the Christmas lights switch on in Stornoway. This year we were treated to a visit from the Vikings (of Shetland) and a fantastic fireworks display thanks to the Stornoway Amenity trust and the Stornoway Port Authority. The Vikings and the the Leodhasachs braved the cold and the rain for the march through the town to the eventual switch on of the lights.

Viking in Perceval Square surrounded by flaming torches.  2015 paulmcginley.co.uk ©

Following the parade, families and neighbours of the town were treated to a fantastic fireworks display over Cuddy Point and the harbour. In fact its was actually more like two fireworks displays! Following a short pause after the first barrage of brilliant fireworks lighting up the harbour you could have been forgiven for thinking it was all over, as many did. Then a few more minutes ensued, much to the delight of the children and of course the big children! A technical glitch perhaps? None the less, it added a little something to the show. Happy accident?

Small person atop their grown up for the best seat in the house. paulmcginley.co.uk ©

For some more images from the switch on of the lights, check out the gallery bellow.

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