The Year that was 2016

With the hours of daylight still little more than six hours
the month of January can often feel dark and dismal.
The New year celebrations are soon a memory
and the Christmas lights are stored away.

Snowfall and spindrift across a wild Gott Bay
Snowfall and spindrift across a wild Gott Bay

2016 Re-visited – Snowfall and Spindrift

The winter of 2015-2016 was characterised by named storms.
February began with Howling Henry bringing a halt
to all transport to and from Tiree
on Monday 1st of February.

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Storm followed storm.
However, the daylight hours slowly began to noticeably length.
The opening of the restored Baptist Church Premises was a real bright spot.
The General Director of the Baptist Union of Scotland,
Alan Donaldson, joined the celebration. at Baugh.

A weekend of celebration at Baugh.

April the 28th was exciting.
It was no joke! It was for real!
The island was transformed by a fall of snow.

Tiree transformed for a morning

Days later, a firm fixture in the island’s calendar now,
the Tiree 10k and half-marathon organised by Tiree Fitness
brought the month of April to a fantastic conclusion on the 30th.

The race is under way
The race is under way

‘Life on Tiree’ shared something of the excitement of the event

A' Bhuain

May provided excellent weather for A’ Bhuain – the Tiree Home Coming.
For the whole week of this great cultural and social event the sun shone.
The island lived up to its reputation of being Scotland’s Sunshine Capital.

On a warm, sunny evening in May
over 200 people gathered in An Talla
to watch Tiree’s West End Players’ presentation;
‘A re-enactment of ‘The Napier Commission Enquiry”‘.

A fond farewell to our departing guests
A fond farewell to our departing guests

What a great birthday present.
A cruise of the PS Waverley into the Gunna Sound.
The good news is that the grand ‘old lady’ is returning in 2017.

The PS Waverley departing Gott Bay, Tiree
The PS Waverley departing Gott Bay, Tiree

The month of June gave way to the busy month of July.
The Tiree Music Festival (TMF) was followed by the Tiree Show.

The island's population drastically increases for the weekend of TMF
The island’s population drastically increases for the weekend of TMF

After a hectic weekend it all can get a bit much.
Some are overcome by the fear of being stranded.

Overcome by it all
Overcome by it all

It takes just one picture to sum up the Tiree Agricultural Show.
However you can look back on the show here.

A bit big for his stocking - but did Santa Claus manage to bring him one?
A bit big for his stocking – but did Santa Claus manage to bring him one?

August was the end of an era on Tiree.
The Pier Master, Roddy, MacKay, retired after 30 years of service.
No wonder the Clansman’s Skipper paid tribute and sounded the ship’s horn.

Roddy MacKay's final salute to the skipper of the Clansman
Roddy MacKay’s final salute to the skipper of the Clansman

In September Rev. Elspeth MacLean completed her race on Tiree
She has started a new race (ministry) in Forth, South Lanarkshire.
September is also the month for the gruelling Tiree Ultra-Marathon.

October is the month for the much anticipated High School Gala.
It is also the month when crofters were busy harvesting.
Does the photo remind you a well known charity?
The identity of the new pier master was revealed.
Ex-Tiree Ranger Steve Nagy.

An Talla was the venue,
the date was Tuesday the 22nd of November
and the occasion was the book launch of ‘Longships on the Sand’.
Author Dr John Holliday was the general medical practitioner on Tiree for thirty years.

Dr John Holliday
Dr John Holliday

Thanks to a local craftsman the island has its very own wind resistant Christmas Tree.
The tree looks resplendent in front of Tiree Business Centre.
The tree has stood up to ‘Storm Barbara’.

Sanata Claus flying over the Clansman is a powerful reminder.
A reminder than on an island we depend on one another.
In the picture it is CalMac, the Co-Op and MacLennan’s.
It could equally be the airport staff.
We rely upon one another.

Santa Claus flies past MacLennan's lorry coming off the Clansman
Santa Claus flies past MacLennan’s lorry coming off the Clansman

Storm Barbara caused widespread disruption to ferry traffic.
The whole of the West Coast of Scotland was affected.
Nevertheless our Christmas celebrations continued.

Powerful waves pound the rocks at Scarinish as a consequence of Storm Barbara
Powerful waves pound the rocks at Scarinish as a consequence of Storm Barbara

The Midnight service of Christmas Carols at Baugh went ahead.
An annual reminder that Jesus is the reason for the season.

The reason for the season - the birth of our Lord and Saviour
The reason for the season – the birth of our Lord and Saviour

Here on Tiree it has been a year of joys and sorrows.
At Christmas we are reminded that Jesus became one of us.
He loves us and cares for us that much.

This is ‘Life on Tiree’.

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