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The unpredictable weather of the weekend showed that west really is best, as Uig saw solid sunshine and hundreds attending for their gala day on Saturday (2 July).

Dancers from the Sharon Mackinnon School of Highland Dancing said they had a great day, and axe-throwers Valhallaxe said they were happy to be on the beautiful west coast of Lewis, where Viking explorer Leif Ericsson reputedly got married.

They said: “We had an absolute blast, hundreds of visitors and locals throwing axes, making shield walls, and the best thrower of the day, Michael Brennan being crowned the Jarl of Uig and winning bragging rights and a fine bottle of mead.”

Island-based axe-enthusiast Muriel Mackenzie said it was an amazing event for fellow islanders, and Leigh Minion of Traigh Mhor Trekking said: “A heartfelt thankyou to the Uig community for your very warm welcome and for being part of such a special event.

“The sun shone on us all Saturday afternoon as the machair was filled with happy laughter. The ponies were amazing and hoof perfect for the whole afternoon.”

Organisers from the Uig Community Centre Association said: “Thank you all who attended and thank you to every single person who contributed in one way or another over the week.

“It wouldn't happen without the time the volunteers put in and we are truly grateful for your support. Thank you all, even Mr Sunshine!

Pictures show just some of these highlights from the afternoon (Sharon Mackinnon School of Highland Dancing, Traigh Mhor Pony Trekking and Valhallaxe).