Down Memory Lane extra, January 4 2019

The HMY Iolaire Poppy Scotland pin. 25_c01HMYIolaire01_poppy_pin

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Firefighters attacking the blaze at Machrihanish Golf Club the week before Christmas managed to save virtually all of the most valuable artefacts.

These included an architect’s plan drawn up, more than 38 years ago,on June 12 1980, for proposed alterations and additions to the building.

It shows the ground floor plan section and elevation

Although the plan is scorched and had been left out to dry, from the fire hoses water, it is one of many remarkable documents which would have been work-a-day when produced.

Last week the Courier featured four pages on the HMY Iolaire commemorations at Stornoway on Hogmanay (see also pages 20 and 21).

The Iolaire sank within sight of Stornoway harbour when it hit sumerged rocks, named the Beasts of Holm, on Hogmanay 1918.

Last week’s Courier leader column put the dead at 270, that was the number on the boat, in fact 204 servicemen returning from the First World war perished.

Poppy Scotland commissioned a special poppy pin to mark the occasion and all proceeds are to be shared by projects on the Isle of Lewis.

The Machrihanish Golf Club plan from 1980. 25_c01memorylane01_plan

The HMY Iolaire Poppy Scotland pin. 25_c01HMYIolaire01_poppy_pin