Highlands & Islands

Bonfire and ceilidh mark buyout of Cold War site on Lewis

Torchlight procession Image copyright Richard Davies
Image caption Local residents took part in a torchlight procession on Saturday

A ceilidh, celebratory bonfire and torchlight procession have been held to mark a year since a community buyout of a Cold War surveillance station.

The radio and radar station were set up at Aird Uig, Gallan Head on Lewis, 60 years ago.

The site was part of Nato's early-warning system against Soviet submarines and aircraft.

Gallan Head Community Trust bought the site from the Ministry of Defence with help from grant funding.

Image copyright Richard Davies
Image caption Gallan Head was once the site of operations to detect Soviet submarines and aircraft

It is working on turning parts of the site into a space observatory.

A marine research centre is also planned at what is to be called The Cetus Observatory.

The celebrations were held on Saturday.

Image copyright Richard Davies
Image caption A composite image of flames from bonfire and Milky Way
Image copyright Elspeth Logan
Image caption The bonfire and other events marked a year since the buyout

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