This article was published earlier in the week on welovestornoway.com … but we felt that photographer John Maher gave us a good reason - or two - for publishing it again! 

For quite a few years now, Tarbert residents have enjoyed the feel-good factor of having a Christmas Lights Display in the village.

However, the more southerly village of Leverburgh had not been decorated for a good number of years and Harris Voluntary Service were determined to change that this year.

An application to Western Isles Lottery was successful and funding of £1,470.00 was awarded to purchase the lights. Ward funding from the three local councillors John Mitchell, Paul Finnegan and Grant Fulton was received to install exterior sockets to provide power. All that was needed was a team of volunteers to make the project happen.

Special mention must be made to the local children who helped put up all the lights and build the "tree" from creels over a weekend. The children did a fantastic job and are excited to see lights in their own village for the first time.

The display could not have been possible without the generosity of the local businesses who agreed to have lights put up on their buildings and Clachan Stores for allowing the use of a section of their customer car park to site the Creel Christmas tree.

Harris Voluntary Service say: “The Leverburgh Festive Lights mission is complete! We have been planning this one for a while and are happy after what has been a crazy year to have pulled it off. This year more than any other we need some festive cheer about the place!”

Harris Voluntary Service extends their grateful thanks those who helped them achieve this project. Thanks go to Jason Morrison for installing the outdoor sockets and volunteers Willie MacRae, Neil Maclean, Chris Morrison for erecting the lights.

Janet Paterson of the Western Isles Lottery said, “it is very rewarding to be working with the sub-group in Harris to see projects like this coming to fruition. This is a special time in any community, particularly for the local children who will benefit from all their efforts”

It's a result of Harris residents supporting the local lottery that has resulted in this project happening.   To help continue the good work in the community, you can join in the Western Isles Lottery at www.westernisleslottery.co.uk OR telephone their helpline on 0300 30 20 444.

Pictured are R-L Domhnall MacRae, Christina MacKenzie and Ruairaidh MacLeod giving a helping hand to the adults.