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Live broadcasts planned as fire festivals return

PROMOTE Shetland is to mark the welcome return of the islands’ winter fire festivals – including next week’s Up Helly Aa in Lerwick – with live broadcasts and a wide range of coverage across its platforms. The fire festival season generates huge interest in Shetland from all over the world and, after Covid prevented any […] Shetland News …



Compass Centre set to launch new project aimed at supporting young people

ALMOST half of the Compass Centre’s yearly caseload is made up of clients aged 13-25 for free and confidential support for survivors affected by sexual harm. The Compass Centre is seeking to recruit a young survivor’s practitioner to spearhead the project after receiving three years funding for the post from the National Lottery community fund. […] Shetland News …


Tommy’s calendar enjoys global reach

A FUNDRAISING calendar featuring photos of an adventurous cat known for his roams around Lerwick shops have been selling well – and across the world too. The 2023 Adventures of Tommy calendar has been sent as far as America, Australia and Malta. Tommy’s human companion Maggie Sandison said there are low stocks of the calendar […] Shetland News …


Rescheduled festive tractor run taking place tonight

LERWICK’s Christmas tractor run is taking place tonight (Tuesday) after being rescheduled due to last week’s weather. The event will kick off at 7pm at the marts before the festive tractors undertake a lap around town, ending at the Anderson High School car park for photos. The tractor run, organised by the Shetland Young Farmers […] Shetland News …


‘Do things the old fashioned way and look out for each other’, police appeal as phones and internet go down

LOCAL people have been advised to be mindful of others in the community and do things “the old fashioned way” by looking out for vulnerable family members and neighbours who may need extra assistance or help while telephone and internet communication links are disrupted. There was no fresh information on Thursday afternoon as to how […] Shetland News …



Brae leisure centre marks 20-year milestone

THE NORTH Mainland Leisure Centre in Brae is celebrating the 20th anniversary of its upgrade from a pool to a leisure centre tomorrow (Saturday) with a day of free activities, tours, taster sessions and social events. Centre manager Graham Framer said: “We’ve got a packed day of activities showcasing all the indoor, outdoor and pool […] Shetland News …


Islands bond proposal ‘misguided from the outset’, councillor says

A SHETLAND councillor representing a ward in which an island school due to a lack of pupils was recently mothballed has welcomed the Scottish Government’s decision to scrap a bond proposal aimed at tackling depopulation. Duncan Anderson, who is one of three councillors for Shetland’s North Isles, said the government’s islands bond idea was “misguided […] Shetland News …


‘Focused on the job’ – 30 years and counting for CAB

SHETLAND Citizens Advice Bureau has turned 30 years old – and the charity is busier than ever. The organisation, which offers free, confidential and independent advice to local people on any problem, has been serving the islands since 1992. A small birthday celebration will be held after the CAB’s AGM tonight (Thursday) at the Islesburgh […] Shetland News …