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A retired seaman from Point showed he still has his sea-legs recently, as he celebrated a massive birthday back on board a ship.

Donald ‘Dolan’ Macaskill of Flesherin turned 102 on 6 February, and was welcomed aboard MV Loch Nevis for the second time, to celebrate his big day.

Donald’s first official visit to the vessel was two years ago, when skipper Iain Mackenzie – also a Rubhach, from Aird – invited him to celebrate his centenary birthday.

Iain was once again at the wheel last week and presented Dolan with a captain’s hat to mark his big day.

CalMac staff arranged the birthday event for Dolan, who is now a much-loved resident at the aptly-named Skye care home An Acarsaid.

And Dolan enjoyed all the attention from newspapers, radio and TV as well as his short time aboard a vessel once again.

Born on February 6 1922, Dolan worked alongside his father making Harris Tweed before he joined the Merchant Navy.

He returned to Lewis after the war and lived for many happy years with his sister, Mary Ann, in Back.

He told local newspapers in Skye: “I loved going down to the pier and watching the ferries come and go when we went to town.

“Many a journey I enjoyed with CalMac – I have a small picture of the Suilven in my room – the sea and boats have always given me so much joy.”

MV Loch Nevis captain Iain Mackenzie said: “It was a pleasure to help Dolan mark his special birthday, I was delighted to meet him again.

“He is a really interesting character who has travelled the world, and me and the crew were privileged to talk to him and listen to his wonderful stories.”

Staff at Dolan’s care home said: “He loves good banter and is keen on his music. He plays the mouth organ and the piano and especially loves listening and dancing to ceilidh music. He also loves listening to the accordion.

“He is a huge character with us here at An Acarsaid and has a quiet, happy outlook on life.

“He enjoys his Golden Virginia smokes and a nice dram. Dolan participates in all our activities and remains a very competitive dominoes player. He loves to win and is loved by all.”

The pictures show Dolan on board the MV Loch Nevis, with captain Iain Maciver of Aird (CalMac) and being interviewed for BBC Alba by Alasdair Macleod (An Acarsaid Care Home).