On you go boys!
In the very early 1960s, the then Further Education Officer for Lewis, the late K.D. Smith called a meeting in the old Tolsta School to ascertain if there was enough interest among the boys of the secondary classes to form a Boys' Youth Club in the village. There was no mention of a 'mixed' club as no doubt someone somewhere had concluded that if girls were to be present they would be too noisy! No word of sex discrimination laws in those days!
Tolsta District News 1969 as reported in the Stornoway Gazette
Sir- I was interested in "Case 693" the recent radio account of the "Iolaire"disaster.An order from the bridge not to launch the boats was heard by me on that tragic night when most of the men in the saloon were lost. I gained the deck by breaking a window, leaving behind some of my experienced neighbours.The deck was full of men and I let myself away by rope to be washed ashore unconscious.
Tolsta District News 1966 as reported in the Stornoway Gazette
CHANGE OF ADDRESS
The Stornoway Trustees decided at the weekend to change their official records to correspond with the postal addresses.The result is that South Tolsta will cease to exist.The re-designation means that South Tolsta will become North Tolsta,and North Tolsta will become New Tolsta.
Tolsta District News 1965 as reported in the Stornoway Gazette
The community congratulates Mr.Murdo Macdonald,51,North Tolsta,on obtaining his master's Foreign-going certificate.Mr.Macdonald has been with the Bank Line Ltd.since he left Lews Castle College.
Tolsta District News 1964 as reported in the Stornoway Gazette
Two Lewismen received Royal Humane Society testimonials on Friday.The two men,Murdo Maciver (23) 5 North Tolsta and John Macdonald (19) of No.51,rescued a seaman from Stornoway harbour on April 12 of last year and after bringing him to safety disappeared without giving their names.
Tolsta District News 1963 as reported in the Stornoway Gazette
In North Tolsta they have a boys' club with a large membership, but nothing is done for the girls of the village.Some time ago when boys and girls mixed at a club meeting,several parents threatened to take their sons away from the club if girls were allowed to join. After this outcry membership of the club was confined to male members only to avoid ill-feeling.
Tolsta District News 1962 as reported in the Stornoway Gazette
Councillor Cameron's brand new boat has now been delivered. Built at Ness by their veteran boat builder, she is an acknowleged beauty.
Catherine ,the daughter of Mr.and Mrs.Alex.Campbell "Lochside", is a stewardess aboard the cruise ship "Transvaal Castle".
Tolsta District News 1961 as reported in the Stornoway Gazette
Mr.and Mrs.Angus Maciver,67,New St.and Mr.and Mrs.Murdo Macleod,76 Hill St. have celebrated their golden weddings.
Mr.Macleod is the last Tolsta survivor of those who fought at Jutland.