Comhairle nan Eilean Siar is today flying the flag at half-mast in respect for former councillor, Malcolm Macfarlane, who passed away this morning aged 93.

Mr Macfarlane was a former Chairman of the Housing Committee, serving on the Comhairle between 1986 and 1994.

Comhairle Convener, Councillor Norman MacDonald, said: “Our thoughts are with the family and particularly with his three daughters, Frances, Kate and Laura.”

Mr Macfarlane was also formerly a member of the Stornoway Pier and Harbour Commission, and attended the reception and buffet held in June to mark the 150th anniversary of the commission, which is now the Stornoway Port Authority.