Tuesday, December 18, 2018
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St John Scotland will officially transfer ownership of two Mountain Rescue bases on Skye to the team.
 
The Skye bases, in Glenbrittle and Sligachan, are the eight and ninth bases of thirteen to be gifted from St John Scotland to the teams themselves. The cost of these bases has now topped £2 million and, until now, were provided to the teams under licence and rent free.
 
Gerry Akroyd MBE, Skye Mountain Rescue Team Leader, said: “Without the help of St John Scotland, we would never have been able to fund the two bases on Skye, plus the two vehicles which they have also provided. It has all made our life a lost easier on rescues and training.”

Three familiar Skye faces could be seen running in the London Marathon.

Jeremy Rossiter completed the race in 2 hours, 40 minutes and 27 seconds.  He told The Skye Times: "I finished 154 out of 40,000 over all and 18 out of just over 4,000 in my age group.

"I was quite surprised."

He described the racing conditions as "oppressive," saying: "It was unbearable in some parts.

"About mile 21, I didn't think I was going to finish.

"It was 24 degrees, but much warmer with the crowds.

"In the second half, I was increasingly aware that I was overtaking a few people.  Apparently, in the last 10k, I overtook 125 people.

Highland Council will be one of the beneficiaries from an additional £10 million of Scottish Government funding to help cover the cost of road repairs following the extended wintry weather.
 
Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch MSP Kate Forbes hailed the news – which is on top of the recent £4 million which Transport Scotland released to address urgent maintenance issues on trunk roads such as the A82 and A87.
 
The Scottish Government's Finance Secretary Derek Mackay said that the distribution of the new additional £10 million funding will be agreed with COSLA.
 
Kate Forbes MSP said: "Over the last few months, the roads in the Highlands have become progressively worse.
 
"There are sections which are downright dangerous in Skye, Lochaber, Badenoch and Dingwall and the Black Isle.

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