It has been said that Riggotts will go to any length to ensure that a job gets done and now we have the proof. At the beginning of December, a Riggotts team set sail from the Scottish port of Oban bound for the Outer Hebridean island of South Uist where fresh road markings needed to be laid. It wasn’t long before the boat started getting buffeted by the strong gales that had been forecast to hit Scotland.
With the weather rapidly deteriorating the ship’s captain had no option but to dock at the island of Barra and remain there until conditions improved. The Riggotts team ended up being stranded on windswept Barra for two nights before finally continuing by boat to South Uist where they successfully marked the lines of the one road that runs the length of the island. “It was like being on a rollercoaster for six hours,” says Andy Johnson, a member of the marooned Riggotts team, of the crossing from Oban. “When we got to Barra it was carnage. All the power was down so there was nothing working at all.
But at least we were on dry land so no one was complaining! “When the weather eventually calmed down we were able to continue on to South Uist and start work. The whole trip took a little longer than planned but we got the job done. That’s the main thing.”