The Lesley Riddoch Show
Yesterday as part of our celebrations, the Lesley Riddoch Show
for BBC Scotland, was broadcast live just before the official hand
over of the money.
It was a very lively discussion with many locals taking part. Lesley
can be very intimidating and frightened quite a few with her forthright
manner. She wanted views from all age groups, so that listeners
were able to get a better picture of how everyone has been affected
by the takeover.
A prominent conservative MSP joined in the lively telephone debate
concerning the money that was handed out to purchase the island.
Many locals including the chairman of the Heritage Trust vigorously
disputed his criticisms.
It has been a great achievement for the Islanders to pay back the
million pounds that we owed the Scottish Land Unit, thus enabling
some other community to get the same chance as we did.