Stephen Branley

Stephen Branley

Posted on 07/24/2013


Photo taken on July 19, 2009


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First Sunday Sailing - MV Isle of Lewis

First Sunday Sailing - MV Isle of Lewis
Church leaders had resisted Sunday sailings for two decades but the battle was lost when the ferry, carrying 80 vehicles and nearly 400 passengers, left Stornoway bound for Ullapool.

It's hard to believe that this was only 4 years ago. Even harder to believe that the first Sunday flights to and from the Isle of Lewis only took place in October 2002. So this completed the freedom and right to travel by air or sea, to and from mainland Scotland.

There are still issues however, the public sports centre is still closed on a Sunday, as is the golf course, so there's work to be done by those campaigning for their opening.

After all the hubbub and excitement, just after 14:40, the MV Isle of Lewis was on its way to Ullapool. A historic day indeed.

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one42chrisp
one42chrisp
I do miss Sunday closing, it's just like any other day now, rush, rush, rush :(
5 years ago.
Stephen Branley
Stephen Branley
It was sort of ok Chris, I didn't mind the shops being closed, I didn't mind the sports centre not being open, but not being able to travel was a real bind and a restriction on our liberty in a way.
5 years ago.
one42chrisp has replied to Stephen Branley
Agreed, the inability to travel would be very annoying.
5 years ago.
spacemouses
spacemouses
I like the 'quiet' Sundays. There is still no pubic transport. But one can get a meal and a drink if one wants too- even in Ness now ( but only in one place!)
5 years ago.
Stephen Branley
Stephen Branley
Quiet Sundays are good here too, shops are open just for 3 hours, but we don't bother with them. Enjoy your coming Sunday.
5 years ago.
spacemouses has replied to Stephen Branley
I am not at all reglious, but don't mind the do nothing Sundays. It's no problem fitting in with the community on the one day of the week. There aren't really many of the very strict folk left now.
Times are changing quite fast- too fast for my liking.
I have only been here just over 25 years now...
5 years ago.
Stephen Branley
Stephen Branley
I spent 25 years there too. I suppose it was inevitable that change would quicken once the first big hurdles were jumped, it's hard to stop it.
5 years ago.
Stephen Anthony Branley
Stephen Anthony Bran…
Perhaps I'm alone in wanting Sunday to be treated the same as every other day. Even something like realising you're missing an ingredient for a meal is a pain on a Sunday if you don't notice until after 4. And in these days of being able to shop online 24/7, it's silly that I can't shop in town 7 days a week.
5 years ago.
Stephen Branley
Stephen Branley
I suppose everyone has a different outlook on it dude.
5 years ago.