There was a great party atmosphere in Westview Terrace, Stornoway today as Billy France laid on a wonderful celebration of his customers and they turned out in droves to thank him for the years of service of the shop, Alex France & Sons.

Customers came from near and far to wish him well for his retirement from the retail front line after years of providing a wide range of specialist foods.

There was music, and loads of food and the weather, while grey, decided this was too important a Saturday to feature the tropical-style downpours that have been such a feature of the time of year which is amusingly described as summer!

And over the next few days it will be all change at the Westview Terrace shop which reopens on Thursday as a second shop for Macleod & Macleod Butchers of Church Street.