Storm Dennis had a good attempt at putting a stop to a community event at Taigh Sgire Sholais last Saturday (15 February) – but he was no match for the power-rangers of Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN).

Teams of engineers turned out in gale force winds and rain to fix a fault on the local network, which had caused the power to go off for customers in the Solas area of North Uist.

A sale of work was planned for the community centre, and the hard-working ladies couldn’t believe their bad luck when the electricity went off at 9am on the day.

They needn’t have worried. Thanks to the hard work of SSEN engineers the fault was fixed and the power was back on by 10:30am, great news for all the island customers, but particularly for the organisers of the sale of work.

As a way of thanking the engineers for getting the power back on, the team behind the sale of work invited them in to sample the home baking and hot drinks.

Local volunteer Sandra MacIntosh said: “The guys did a great job restoring the power so quickly. We had done a lot of preparations for the sale of works in the previous weeks and we were so happy and relieved when the power was restored in time for the function starting.”

Mike Sutherland, one of SSEN’s local engineers, said: “We’re always happy to help the local communities on the islands and we appreciated the hot drink and tasty cakes on such a cold, stormy day!”

The picture shows SSEN’s power heroes, including Mike on the far left, along with the team behind the sale of work (SSEN).