And finally… Harris Tweed mill handed over to local manager



The owner of one of the largest Harris Tweed producers has handed the firm over to its manager for free.

Yorkshire businessman Brian Haggas, who took over Stornoway-based Kenneth Mackenzie Ltd in 2006, said he believed Harris Tweed “should be owned and produced by the islands and any profits should remain there to enhance the life of the people”.

He has now transferred ownership of the company to local manager Alex Lockerby, who he said is “exceptionally able, totally honest and a superb man and manager”, The Herald reports.

Mr Haggas added: “I have come to believe the iconic name of Harris Tweed belongs to the people of the Western Isles. It is not something for financial vultures to buy and strip out all the cash, leaving the company bankrupt.”

Mr Lockerby said he was “astounded” by the former owner’s generosity.