Tweed workers in Stornoway are planning a special Iolaire Harris Tweed to raise money for charity, it was announced in April.

In a statement from Kenneth Mackenzie Ltd, Caberfeidh Road, Stornoway, they said: "The employees of Kenneth Mackenzie Ltd have expressed their desire for the company to produce a ‘one-off’ design Harris Tweed to commemorate the forthcoming centenary of the Iolaire disaster. 

"The intention is to design, manufacture and sell the fabric with all the proceeds to be donated to an appropriate charity in memory of all those who lost their lives in the disaster.

"This initiative is fully supported by the owner Brian Haggas, and managing director, Alex Lockerby who, speaking at the mill in Stornoway, confirms the company’s intention to go ahead with this plan."

Alex Lockerby said:  “Kenneth Mackenzie’s is the oldest Harris Tweed mill still in production, and with the company being able to trace its origins back to 1909, predates the Iolaire centenary by 10 years. 

"We have an employee whose great-grandfather was lost in the Iolaire disaster who is understandably eager that we do something to mark this centenary.

"There is considerable strength of feeling amongst our staff regarding this sad anniversary and we feel it is incumbent upon us to mark it in some way."