Family members from Australia and friends from Glasgow are to travel to the Isle of Berneray to attend the funeral of Sophia Dale, also known as Sophia Mara, who died at her home on November 5th.

Australian-born Sophia (53) had lived in the old school for several years and was a popular and respected member of the island community, attending many social functions and singing at ceilidhs in English, Gaelic and Manx. An artist and musician, she presented a show called The Tide on An Radio, the Uist-based community radio station.

She was often out and about running and walking on the machair and was fascinated with the sea, both as an open water swimmer and helping to crew traditional sailing boats.

Before moving to Berneray she was one of the crew on An Sulaire, the replica sgoth niseach built in Stornoway in 1994. When living in North Uist she also helped sail the Berneray sailing boat.

A short service of thanksgiving at Berneray Church of Scotland on Saturday December 1stat 3pm will be followed by a celebration of her life at Berneray Hall from 3.30pm.

Poetry, music and pictures of Sophia will be shared and her parents and cousin are expected to travel from Australia to attend as are a group of friends from Glasgow and central Scotland.

Picture is by Charles Gorrie.