THE mystery behind a piece of jewellery, which was found by a schoolboy among the wreckage of a warplane that crashed 70 years ago in Skye, has finally been solved.
And efforts are now underway to reunite the St Christopher’s pendant – inscribed with a woman’s name – with the American family of the man who was killed when his aircraft crashed into Beinn Edra in Staffin, after his identify was confirmed.
Tormod MacLeod, from Clachan in Staffin, found the pendant – which ...Continue Reading ? Share
TODAY (Tuesday 3.3) marks 70 years since the Beinn Edra aircraft disaster in Staffin – which claimed the life of Charles Jeanblanc – and eight of his colleagues.
The community will mark the solemn milestone on Saturday at the Staffin War Memorial where a plaque, inscribed with the crew’s names, will be unveiled.
Charles Jeanblanc was the navigator on the Flying Fortress when it crashed into the rockface on the Trotternish Ridge on March 3, 1945, in heavy fog. He was 23-years-old.
Skye minister, Rev Rory ...Continue Reading ? Share
A NEW television series kicks off next week with a programme dedicated to Staffin.
In the second series of “Eileanan Fraoich”, Islay-born Heather Dewar leaves the familiarity of her home to embark on her own personal “island odyssey”. She visits Colonsay, Mull, North Uist and Eriskay and also explores the communities South Lochs in Lewis.
The producers have shown remarkably good taste and decided to launch their second series, which visits island communities, in ...Continue Reading ? Share
A CONCERNED dog walker has hit out at irresponsible pet owners who are failing to clean up after their animals at a scenic Staffin location.
The woman, who has now reported the problem to Highland Council, has urged pet owners to stop leaving dog excrement around the Slip and Staffin Beach area after growing exasperated at the problem.
She warned the practice, which can see offenders fined if caught, was not helping the popular area’s appeal to locals or visitors and posed a ...Continue Reading ? Share
A CLUTCH of attractive website addresses, related to Staffin, Portree and Skye, are being offered for sale.
Staffin website designer Nick Wakeham is offering 14 different domain names which might be of interest to accommodation providers or other businesses in the district, or elsewhere on the island.
Nick, who also runs Skye Light Candles, expects names like skyebandb.co.uk and staffinskye.co.uk to spark interest and sell quickly.
“They were purchased for clients who no longer use them,” he explained. “I kept them running just in case someone ...Continue Reading ? Share
A NATIONAL film awards has shortlisted a production involving Trotternish youngsters in TWO different categories.
Despite fierce competition, the prestigous FilmG contest has recognised the efforts of children from the Dannsairean an Eilein Sgitheanaich and the Totternish Folk Group who featured in the short film “Siuthad a’Sheonaid.”
The north Skye entry has been nominated in the Best Community Film and Best Music categories.
A spokeswoman for FilmG announced last night: “We are extremely happy to announce this year’s shortlists ...Continue Reading ? Share
WITH Oscar season just around the corner, budding young Trotternish stars of the screen will find out on Wednesday (11.2) if their entry into a national film competition has made the final.
And there is still time to vote for their film, which was shot in Kilmuir last month, amidst a bumper year of entries and fierce competition.
Votes are still needed (only one per day is permitted per device) for the People’s Choice Favourite Film so click on this link http://filmg.co.uk/en/films/1141/ and get voting, ...Continue Reading ? Share
STAFFIN is preparing to mark the 70th anniversary of a plane crash which saw nine American airmen killed, only months before the end of the Second World War.
On March 3, 1945, a B-17 Flying Fortress crashed during fog at Beinn Edra in Staffin, on its way to a RAF base in Wales after departing from America.
At a joint meeting of the Staffin Community Council and Staffin Community Trust, both organisations agreed to arrange a commemoration event to mark the sad ...Continue Reading ? Share
A TOP dance band – called Staffin Island – have opened the door to performing in Staffin.
The Staffin Island Ceilidh Band have admitted to never having set foot in the district or Skye, never mind the famous and well-photographed small island in Staffin Bay, which is only home to cattle, an old salmon bothy and birdlife.
The Taysiders said the inspiration for the band name came from a famous tune which beat off competition from Raasay.
Aidan Ferguson, a vocalist and guitarist in the band, which was only ...Continue Reading ? Share