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Real-life safety training for fishermen an ‘eye-opener’

SHETLAND Fishermen’s Association is encouraging all its members to sign up to in-water ‘overboard training’ after five local men successful completed the real-life safety training in Aberdeen. It comes on the same day the Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) published its annual report , which saw ten commercial fishermen losing their lives in 2021, including […] Shetland News …


Drug dealer jailed for nearly four years

A LOCAL man who attempted to smuggle heroin worth more than £30,000 to Shetland through the post by concealing the class A drugs in chocolate boxes and a spice jar has been jailed for almost four years. Andrew Flaws appeared for sentencing at Lerwick Sheriff Court via video link from Grampian prison on Wednesday morning. […] Shetland News …


Peerie spree thank you, inter-county success, jubilee medals and more…

THE ORGANISERS of Living Lerwick’s Peerie Jubilee Spree held in Commercial Street on Saturday have thanked the community for coming out in strength to enjoy music, games and to soak in the atmosphere. The organisation’s chair Steve Mathieson said that in addition to the Jubilee celebrations the spree was also a thank you to the […] Shetland News …


Busy week ahead at Mareel

ARTS venue Mareel says it is looking forward to “a remarkably busy week” with programming returning to levels similar to those before the Covid pandemic. On Thursday 26 May the Scottish Ensemble return to the Mareel stage celebrating the stories of Scotland in Scottish Creations. The evening begins with 45 minutes of Scottish music, the […] Shetland News …


High visibility patrols, councillor withdraws from leadership race, SFA meets fisheries secretary, new partners at law firm

LOCAL police say they will be carrying out “high visibility patrols” in Lerwick this weekend after having received complains about anti social behaviour in the town. They said they will in particular focus on the harbour, Harrison Square, Market Cross and the Clickimin Broch areas, as well as carrying our checks at off licences. COUNCILLOR […] Shetland News …


Counting underway at council elections

WELCOME to Shetland News’ coverage of the council election count, which is taking place this morning at the Town Hall in Lerwick. A total of 17 candidates will be elected today for a five-year term on Shetland Islands Council. Results for the five wards contested will roll in during the morning with the first announcement […] Shetland News …


Police successfully interrupting local drugs trade, says chief inspector

THE TRADE of bringing drugs to Shetland via a variety of routes has “quietened down”, according to the islands’ police area commander. Chief inspector Stuart Clemenson said that following a number of high-profile drugs hauls in recent months and a regular police presence at the islands’ entry points, it appears there are fewer drugs in […] Shetland News …


Fiddlers’ society marks 60th birthday

AN EXHIBITION featuring memorabilia from 60-plus years of the Shetland Fiddlers’ Society is on show in the foyer of Shetland Museum until the end of July. Postponed for two years due to the pandemic, the fiddlers’ society was finally able to mark its 60th birthday at the weekend with a nearly full house concert in […] Shetland News …


Council elections underway as voters head to the polls

POLLING stations are now open in the Shetland Islands Council elections. People have up to 10pm to cast their vote. With between two and four seats in each ward, folk are asked to rank the candidates in order of preference. Only five of the seven wards in Shetland are going to the ballot box after […] Shetland News …


History in a Wird: the meaning of ‘smoorikin’

SHETLAND NEWS has teamed up with the I Hear Dee project to help spread the word about their work on promoting the local language. Run by linguists Dr Viveka Velupillai and native Shaetlan speakers Roy Mullay, Julie Dennison and Andrew Blance, the I Hear Dee project aims to document and describe the contemporary use of […] Shetland News …