ANZAC day, Jarlshof reopens and more…

THE SHETLAND ANZAC Group is marking the national day of remembrance in Australia and New Zealand at the Lerwick war memorial on Sunday morning at 8am.

ANZAC day commemorates all Australians and New Zealanders who have served and died in all wars.

Members of the group will lay wreaths at the war memorial opposite Lerwick Town Hall. A spokesperson for the group said that this year’s event was especially poignant considering the war in Ukraine.

“The event is public and open to all Australians and New Zealanders living in or visiting Shetland, and all Shetland friends who feel affinity with the countries and would like to share in the event,” he said.


Jarlshof.

SHETLAND’s prehistoric and Norse settlement at Jarlshof has fully reopened to the public after being closed for over two years due to the Covid-19 pandemic. 

Historic Environment Scotland (HES) reopened over 70 per cent of its estate last year, however, some of the sites had remained closed during the pandemic.

Between Wednesday to Saturday, Jarlshof will be open to paying visitors. On Sunday to Tuesday people can explore the grounds free of charge, and the visitor centre will not be open.

Tickets are available from the HES website and are now on sale.


A NEW ‘living well hub’ is set to open in Scalloway following the launch of Shetland’s first in Brae.

It will be held at the Scalloway Youth and Community Centre every Wednesday between 2pm and 5pm.

People will be able to get advice on topics like living independently, local groups and activities, support for unpaid carers and living more healthily.


SCOTTISH Sea Farms, the main player in salmon farming locally, has committed to paying its employees a minimum of £10.40 per hour, which is well above the national living wage of £9.50.

Managing director Jim Gallagher said the company’s voluntary commitment brings entry level salary to £21,632 as of 1 April, before overtime, weekend payments, employer pension contributions and annual bonuses.

“Across each area of our business, costs are rising at a rate and to a level never seen before. In the first four months of this year alone, the cost of fish feed – one of our largest overheads – has risen by 29 per cent, with further increases expected throughout the year,” he said.

“By paying the higher rate of £10.40 per hour, we hope to help those on lower incomes and their families who are being hardest hit by the deepening cost of living crisis.”

The company’s head of HR Tracy Bryant-Shaw added that safeguarding the long-term viability of the business starts with looking after its employees.

“These latest enhancements are all part and parcel of our work to become the employer of choice in our communities,” she said.

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