Failte gu larach-lion WITPG  
  (Welcome to the WITPG website)  
  Preserving our Transport Heritage  


View Guestbook

Sign Guestbook










Old news articles from the WITPG archives >

Archive News (1)
Old Snippets
Archive News (2)
More Old Snippits
Archive News (3)
Restoration Proj: Bedford TL

Donald MacLeod
Memorial Award


WITPG chairman, James MacLeod, presents the Donald MacLeod Memorial Award for 2009 to Stornoway Airport's Fire Section.Leader, James Murray.


< Click image to enlarge


The trophy named after Donald Macleod (Domhnall Leezy) is awarded annually to the person or group who in the opinion of the Committee has done most to assist the Group over the previous 12 months.

This year the unanimous choice was the Fire Section, Stornoway Airport.  From its inception in 2003 the Airport Firemen have undertaken preparation of the site for the Annual Show by cutting the grass, which at that time of year is at its maximum height.  The Firemen also came along with a fire tender to fill the storage tank with water for use in the toilets.  The Group are also indebted to HIAL for their kind permission for use of the site for all the previous shows.

On Saturday 28 March 2009, Calum Maclennan and myself, accompanied by a newspaper reporter, went to the Airport to do the presentation about mid-day.  We were welcomed into the Fire Section premises and right away treated to tea or coffee and biscuits in their Rest Room.  I posed for a photo opportunity alongside Section Leader James Murray, with the trophy in front of us.  After this, we moved outside to do the presentation at the side of one of the Fire Tenders.  The rest of the Firemen lined up behind us for a photograph.  James Murray asked us if we wanted to see the whole set-up they have and sent Fireman Martin on a conducted tour with us.  Martin gave us details of the various equipment they have and how it is used.  On the tour, we were able to talk to other members of the Section.  From the Fire Section premises he drove us along to the hangar, where we were able to view a variety of vehicles, helicopters and a few small planes.  Calum was armed with a camera and took full advantage of the photo opportunity.

I was impressed in more ways than one: the mystery of what went on in that area of the Airport was dispelled in one visit.  A more lasting impression with me, and I am sure Calum will agree, was that here were a bunch of lads who were welcoming, friendly and obliging.  Now I understand how come the grass was cut and the water delivered.

As we departed, James Murray extended an invitation to WITPG to pay them a visit.  Personally, I would be delighted to take up their offer. 

Thanks again to HIAL and especially the Fire Section.

James MacLeod, Chairman


Click image to enlarge

  Home  |  About Us  |  News  |  Articles  |  Events Diary  |  Buses  |  Trucks  |  Other Vehicles
  Firms  |  Photo Gallery  |  Merchandise  |  Links  |  Contact Us

 Western Isles Transport Preservation Group unless otherwise stated.  Pictures are published in good faith.  If you feel that your rights have been infringed, please let us know.