Community rallies round

HMY Iolaire, which sank in 1919 resulting in the loss of 201 lives.

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Kintyre and its diaspora once again proved this community is very giving during the past 10 days.

The loss of the Machrihanish Golf clubhouse is bad for the area but the loss of a family’s valuable memories is far worse.

More than 600 people donated to the emergency fund, many from outwith the area, to give Agnes Stewart, Kirsten McLean and Iain McLean a new start.

On Sunday at Lorne and Lowland church’s morning service a staggering sum of nearly £600 was collected for the appeal boosting funds from the raffle at Skipinnish’s Friday night concert.

The club itself has a long way to go to rebuild.

On Tuesday a new year begins, On the Isle of Lewis many people from Campbeltown will be remembering one of the final tragedies of 1918 when 270 lost their lives in the HMY Iolaire sinking.

It has been a year of commemorations particularly the centenary of the end of the First World War in 1918.

A new year brings fresh challenges and 2019 is sure to have many not least the Brexit saga.