Tong, Lewis

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Tong
Location within the Outer Hebrides
Population527 (2001)
Language Scottish Gaelic
English
OS grid reference NB448365
Civil parish
Council area
Lieutenancy area
Country Scotland
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town ISLE OF LEWIS
Postcode district HS2
Dialling code 01851
Police Scotland
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58°14′38″N6°20′56″W / 58.244°N 6.349°W / 58.244; -6.349 Coordinates: 58°14′38″N6°20′56″W / 58.244°N 6.349°W / 58.244; -6.349

Tong ( /tʌŋ/ ; Scottish Gaelic : Tunga) is a village on the Isle of Lewis, Scotland, 4 miles (6 kilometres) northeast of the main town of Stornoway on the B895 road to Back and Tolsta. [1] The population of the village is 527 (2001 census). Fishing forms part of the local economy. [2]

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History

Between 1919 and 1921, Tong, along with nearby Coll and Gress, was the scene of several land raids (see the Coll, Lewis article for more).

Facilities

The village has a community centre with a football pitch and a primary school. Its religious establishments include a Free Church of Scotland mission house and a Scottish Episcopal Church meeting house. On 6 August 2014 The Tong Shop (Bùth Thunga) opened in the former Episcopal Church building. The shop is open from Monday to Saturday and it sells a range of essentials such as milk and bread, as well as local produce such as vegetables and Stornoway black pudding.

Culture and sport

Every July the Lewis Highland Games and Western Isles Strongest man are held at the community centre with heavy events such as tossing the caber, Highland dancing, bagpipe competitions and other attractions taking place on the football pitch. The Lewis Highland Games have been held at Tong since 1977 and is the second oldest Games on the isle of Lewis. The local football club is Tong FC.

Notable people

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