Stornoway Scotland - Our Sister City - Pendleton SC
Stornoway, Scotland and Pendleton SC - Sister Cities
My husband and I were fortunate enough to be able to join friends in being part of the 36 member Pendleton Delegation to go to Stornoway, Scotland for the official signing of the twinning charter. We had the time of our lives.On March 15, 2002 we joined the delegation of 36 Pendletonians to travel to Pendleton's Sister City in the Western Isles of Scotland. We boarded the bus at Pendleton Town Hall where we were given a Goodie Bag decorated with red, white and blue ribbon. As we pulled out of the parking lot, we were surprised to realize that the Police Cars and Fire Truck were there to escort us out of town. With sirens going, we made two laps around the Village Green waving goodbye to merchants, shoppers and friends who were waiving American Flags. We headed to the Atlanta Airport and this began a journey that we will never forget.
Maybe we will get back there one day.I created a scrapbook and would like to share it with you here.
Pendleton SC and Stornoway Scotland - Please visit these websites to find out more about these Sister Cities
- Town of Pendleton, South Carolina
Official site featuring a history of the community, directory of government officials and local businesses, and a community events calendar.
- STORNOWAY; Information about the Town of Stornoway in Lewis, Scotland
STORNOWAY: Information about the Town of Stornoway in Lewis, Eilean Siar with links to the Town (if available) and other local websites provided by the ...
My Google Maps - Pendleton SC and Stornoway, Scotland
Stornoway Gazette Writes About the Sister Cities
What Does Being A "Sister City" Mean To Pendleton
Thank you Amber Barnes for this information
Building on a successful school partnership between Pendleton High School and the Nicholson Institutes in the Western Isles, the Town of Pendleton and Stornoway, Scotland expressed their willingness and desire, through their respective Councils, to twin and become sister cities. The partnership began with the signing of the official documents between the governments of the two communities.April 5, 2001, the Mayor of Pendleton, Carol Burdette, and the Convener of the Western Isles of Scotland, Alex McDonald, formally declared the twinning by signing the official documents. The ceremony was held on the Village Green in Pendleton.March 21, 2002, Convener MacDonald and Mayor Burdette signed the official documents at a ceremony held in Stornoway, Scotland.The leaders of both communities entered into the relationship with the hopes of sharing ideas and the exchange of citizens while fostering a greater friendship and understanding between the United States and the United Kingdom.It is the ultimate goal of this partnership to deepen friendship and mutual understanding through educational, cultural, industrial and economic exchanges.
Pendleton's Relationship With Stornoway Began Ten Years Prior To The Twinning - The Nicholson Institute and Pendleton High School exchanged students
The Nicholson Institute students are usually here during our big Spring Jubilee and perform for us on our historic Village Green. We look forward to seeing them each year and hope they will be in Pendleton again this year.Photo: Courtesy of Pendleton District Commission and Rhonda Newman
St. Giles Cathedral
Back To Our Trip To Stornoway Scotland
We had a 6 hr 35 minute flight to Glasgow via Newark, N.J.
From Glasgow we took a bus to Edinburgh where we toured and shopped for 3 days before taking a 4 hour eventful ferry ride to Stornoway in the Western Isles of Scotland.In Edinburgh we stayed at the Ibis Motel and hung out at Garfunkels. On Sunday we went the morning church service at St. Giles Cathedral. After the service, we enjoyed a most interesting tour of the church.St. Giles Cathedral dates back to 1243 and is one of the oldest buildings in Edinburgh. It is said to have been founded by Alexaander I. The church was practically destroyed by Richard II of England. It is also famous for it's connection with John Knox as he was the first Protestant minister at St. Giles.Inside St. Giles, the Thistle Chapel was designed by Robert Lorimer in 1911 to house the Knights of the Thistle which is the most ancient and most Noble Order of the Thistle - the highest order of chivalry in Scotland.Photo: St. Giles Cathedral
Learn More About St. Giles Cathedral
- ST GILES CATHEDRAL; a Cathedral and Abbey in Scotland
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- Edinburgh - The official Tourist Board: Festivals, castles ...
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Edinburgh Castle - Edinburgh Castle was very impressive
Next Stop - Ullapool, Scotland
We boarded the ferry to Stornoway
Little did we know what lay ahead................a long, miserable 4 hr Ferry Ride on rough waters. Many got sick and if my hubby had taken along his Doctor's Bag we probably could have paid for our trip.When we arrived in Stornoway all our troubles faded away as we were met by Dignitaries, a Bag Piper, and our Host Families. It was a very warm welcome and typical for the Scottish hospitality that we enjoyed over the next several days.We stayed at Fernlea, a Bed & Breakfast owned by Maureen Macmillan. We became good friends and they visited us the next fall in Pendleton. They enjoyed seeing the sights in South Carolina and especially enjoyed going to a Clemson Football Game.
Touring Stornoway Scotland - Stornoway offered much for us to see and do.
We visited the Stornoway Castle. James Matheson made his fortune in the British opium trade of the 1830's and spent much of his drug money on shipping soil and plants to Lewis to create the proper setting for his castle. He also spent a great deal of his money helping the island's inhabitants through the famines of the 19th century. It had one more owner- Lord Leverhulme - before being given to the people of Stornoway. It was used as a Naval Hospital and then became the home of Lewis Castle College.Note: This is information that I had written in my scrapbook and I believe it came from a tourist brochure.Pendleton SC is 4 miles from Clemson University and it is tradition for traveling Clemson fans to have their pictures holding their Tiger Rag. Here we are with friends holding our Tiger Rags in front of the castle. The picture was later in an edition of the Orange and White Newspaper
South Carolina Flag and Isle of Lewis Flag - Fly alongside each other at Comhairle Nan Eilean Siar
We were invited to lunch here and were each given a bag of goodies consisting of a pen, coaster, celtic design pin and a date book.
Gearrannan Black House Village - We met a man who was still living in a blackhouse
The typical Gearrannan Black House was a long, rectangular building 40 - 50 feet in length, with an interior width of 10 to 12 feet. All the corners in the outside walls were rounded, and great care was taken to insure that the outer walls which were of undressed stone, had a slight slant to allow the rain to drip off and not seep into the interior. The thatched roof was a fundamental characteristic of the black house.Of course, here we are again with our Tiger Rags! Do I look cold? I was freezing and stayed cold the whole time we were in Scotland but then that is not too unusual for me.Note: This information also came from a Tourist flyer.
A Visit to Harris Tweed Mill
Very interesting tour which included lunch in Rodel Hotel
All of us wanted to get a Harris Tweed jacket or cap and it was so interesting to see how it was actually made.We got a Harris Tweed cap for my hubby and our son. We wanted to get our daughter a scarf but could not find one like we were looking for.Harris Tweed has been around for a long time and I hope it stays.
Are you familiar with Harris Tweed? - You can read more about it from this link
- Harris Tweed Scotland | Buy Harris Tweed jackets direct from the ...
Harris Tweed Scotland manufacture and retail Harris Tweed jackets worldwide. Visit our online shop to buy mens jackets made from hand-woven Harris Tweed.
St. Clements Church - at Rodel on the Isle of Harris
St. Clements Church was built in the late 15th century for the Chiefs of the the MacLeods of Harris. The 8th chief prepared a tomb for himself which is said to be the finest medaeval wall tomb in Scotland.One of the delegates who also serves on Pendleton Town Council, Sandra Gantt, really stirred emotion when she began singing Amazing Grace.
Ceilidh Dance - Nicholson Assembly Hall
According to Wikipedia, Cedilidh is a traditional Gaelic social gathering, which usually involves playing Gaelic folk music and dancing. It originated in Ireland.
The students demonstrated how to dance the Ceilidh - They tried to teach some of us
The Callanish Stones - Isle of Lewis
I could have stayed all day studying the Callanish Stones. I found them fascinating. According to the tour brochure, these stones date back over 4,000 years. The Callanish Stones rank second in terms of importance only to Stonehenge. Callanish was thought to record movements of the moon whereas Stonehenge records movements of the sun.
Links to more information about The Callanish Stones - Check out these web sites to learn more about The Callanish Stones
- The stone ring of Callanish, Isle of Lewis
Whether or not this popular legend is true, we do know that the stones of Callanish were indeed slowly covered by peat moss during the many thousands of ...
- Callanish Standing Stones Photo Page, Isle of Lewis, Scotland
Pre-historic standing stones at Callanish on the Isle of Lewis, Scotland.
- Callanish - the standing stones and stone circle at Callanish ...
Callanish standing stones - a description of the Callanish site on Lewis, and its astronomical lines, from Stones of Wonder - a comprehensive guide to the ...
The Official Twinning Ceremony - Seulachadh Foirmeil
We had performed the first part of the Twinning the previous year on the Village Green in Pendleton South Carolina. Now we were ready to complete the ceremony in Stornoway so that we will forever be Sister Cities.
The program for the Twinning Ceremony between Pendleton SC and Stornoway Scotland
Led by The Convener of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar
The ceremony was held at the Stornoway Town Hall on Friday, March 22, 2002 at 7:00 p.m. and was followed by a delicious buffet at the Lews Castle College. We felt very special being a part of this historic event.Photo: Our Heather Corsages that we were given to wear.
Once we returned to Pendleton SC, we began making plans for a Sister City Park - The park flies both flags
On April 9, 2007, The Pendleton Delegation dedicated a park in honor of our Sister City. The Sister City Park is located by Liberty Hall Inn on S. Mechanic Street.
Sister City Park gets a Scarecrow for the 2012 Scarecrow Contest - Thanks to Jo and Pete McConnell
Meet Betty Martin, my Email Friend
Betty lives in Stornoway
Betty moved to Stornoway and noticed the Sister City sign. She got on the Internet to try to find out something about Stornoway's Sister City, Pendleton SC and came across my Pendleton Old Photos lens and left a nice comment. We began to email and she has been so kind to share some of her great photos with us.This is a recent note from Betty:Thanks Nancy for sending this link, what great comments about Scotland & Stornoway in particular. I am married to a Stornoway man and visited on holiday most years over the last 45 years and never dreamed I would actually live here, however, last year we packed up and moved here and I just love it. A totally different way of life to that we had on the mainland and better in every way. So glad we did it. If anyone would like more photo's of the place please get in touch. regards to all from Stornoway.