On 18th November 1982 the South Ford causeway between Benbecula and South Uist is opened in a ceremony held in a severe gale.
During a ceremony held in a howling gale in the middle of the road link , National Mod gold-medallist Mairi Macinnes, who was only 18, sang two Gaelic songs at the conclusion of the event after cutting the ceremonial ribbon with a skean dhu.
Alexander Matheson, the then convener of the Western Isles Islands Council (now Comhairle nan Eilean Siar), told the crowd of councillors, officials, contractors, guest and local people that far too often in the past ceremonies such as this had been handled by people from outwith the area. He could think of no one better than Mairi Macinnes to carry out the ceremony.
Mr Matheson made clear at the official opening that the causeway was only part of a long programme planned for the transportation system of the Western Isles.
The plaque marking the opening reads:Chaidh an cabhsair seo fhosgladh air 18 Samhainn 1982 le Mairi NicAonghais a Baghastal a bhuannaich am Bonn Or aig Mod Eilean a Cheo 1982.