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Urras Oighreachd Ghabhsainn (UOG), in collaboration with Airidhantuim Community Council, Comunn Eachdraidh Nis, and Galson Grazing Committee, has announced that a new memorial sculpture is to be built to mark 100 years since 52 families found new homes in Melbost, South Galson, and North Galson.

Named 'na Dorsan', and situated near the UOG Business Centre, the circular memorial is being guided by recognised artists Will Maclean and Marian Leven, who previously worked on the Iolaire and Sùileachan memorials. The new monument will to serve as a poignant space for reflection on the community's shared history, as well as allow visitors to immerse themselves in the local landscape. 

The 1924 establishment of the Galson community was seen as a homecoming, with many families having hailed from Dell, Borve, Shader, Carloway, and Fivepenny Ness, as well as further afield. In the hundred years since, community ownership has become a firm part of the area's identity, with UOG established in 2007 to manage the Galson Estate on the community's behalf. 

Work has begun on the sculpture and is expected to be unveiled in Autumn 2024, accompanied by a curated programme of local events. More information coming soon.

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