Tolsta District News 1973 as reported in the Stornoway Gazette
We wish to congratulate Mr.John Morrison of the Metropolitan Police on his promotion to to the rank of Commander at Scotland Yard.The post, which entails charge of the Regional Crime Squad for the whole of London,is one of only nine such squads in all England.This is indeed a proud step forward for a lad who left Tolsta School at the age of 14,and who never saw a secondary thereafter.
The new Police Commander is a son of late Mr.and Mrs John Morrison of 4 New Tolsta.Like most of his contemporaries he joined the R.N.R.before the war and was called up in 1939.He left the Navy in 1946 as a leading seaman.
Having joined the Metropolitan Police in 1947,he has been climbing the ladder of promotion ever since.
Mr Morrison has a family of four,and is married to Annie Morrison of North Dell,who is a sister of Alexander Morrison,Chief Constable of Aberdeen.
Mrs.Morrison,a schoolteacher,is one of the leading lights of London Gaelic circles. The Commander's eldest brother, George,is a retired headmaster in Glasgow and has for many years been writing for the "Gazette"under the pen-name "Breve".
Tolsta is proud to add the name of John Morrison to the list of its distinguished sons.To us it has always been a source of wonder that Lewis after two centuries of emigration and one century of educational creaming can still produce men of such talent.In this we must agree with the truth of the Gaelic proverb-"Theid dulachas an agaidh nan creag".
We are pleased to report that the Tolsta boats based at Stornoway are getting a fair share of the recent good landings at the port.
The "Wavecrest","Comrade"and "Braes of Garry"are still engaged in prawn fishing,while the "Strathgarry",Highland Chieftain"and the "Olive Branch" have changed over to fishing for pout.
It is most encouraging that the local fishermen have purchased the differing types of gear to enable them to diversify from one type of fishing to another as the situation demands.
COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION REPORT
After two-and-half years of frustrating paper work,this project costing about £10,000,is now in progress.
Having decided to donate to the new school a tablet inscribed with the names of former pupils lost in the wars, the Committee have now completed the necessary documentation.Thanks were given to Mr.Donald Macdonald,Edinburgh and Mr.George Morrison,Kinlochleven,who so generously gave of their wide knowledge of local history.An order will be placed with an Edinburgh firm of bronze founders for a tablet which is expected to cost about £500.(It actually cost around £1,000)
After communication between the Road Surveyor and the Committee,the ditches on both sides of the road were cleared and fifty tons of dry chips were placed in the worst stretches. Gress Road
Work has now started on new, badly needed passing places on this road.