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Cluck ‘N’ Collect welcomes a hen house with a heritage

An out-of-use Harris icon is set to get a new lease of life - in the croft of a young Kyles entrepreneur.

With its turquoise paintwork and distinctive highland dancer logo, the Akram General Stores Luton van box was a familiar feature in Tarbert until recently, and though its days making deliveries around the island are over, it will soon be back in daily

use – after it was generously gifted to be a home for some of 12-year-old Donald William MacLeod’s growing flock of hens.

The new installation was transported from Tarbert by Tinky, and moved into place in its new Kyles Scalpay home by local contractor Jonathan MacKay. He praised the Sir E Scott school pupil’s business acumen in a post on Facebook: “Its brilliant to see youngsters so keen and succeeding in things like this,” he said.

The box arrived just in time for the delivery of a new batch of hens. Donald William (DW) is developing his enterprise with support from his family. His brother Finlay George and sisters Anne Marie and Elsie invest and work together in the venture. Cluck ‘N’ Collect eggs are available from Ardhasaig Filling Station and Lewis Crofters in

Stornoway, and can be found on the Flavour restaurant menu in season.

- Do you have photos of unusual Harris hen houses, or of the van out and about in its early days? Please share them if so.


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