1st April 2015
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Highways plan for Commercial Street

• Plans are being drawn up to introduce unrestricted vehicular access to Commercial Street.

• Move would hereald an end to pedestrianisation in Lerwick town centre.

• Some retailers are considering installing a drive-thru service.

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Commercial Street View
Commercial Street View

General Election candidates clash over ferry fares

• Two of the Shetland and Orkney parliamentary candidates are at loggerheads over ferry fares.

• Alistair Carmichael describes exclusion of ferry services to Orkney and Shetland from RET as “unjustifiable”.

• SNP’s Danus Skene says Mr Carmichael needs to “do his sums”.

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Industry to fund £60m search and rescue helicopter

• Oil and gas operators in the North Sea have committed to fund a search and rescue helicopter service.

• It will replace an aircraft based at Sumburgh.

• New helicopter will be based at Bond Offshore Helicopters HQ at Aberdeen International Airport.

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Bond Offshore Helicopters’ Search and Rescue aircraft.
Bond Offshore Helicopters’ Search and Rescue aircraft.

Drama group proves less can be more

• Islesburgh Drama Group’s performance of The 39 Steps last week was quite simply a triumph.

• In some scenes pyrotechnics, lighting, including strobe lighting and music conjured up the atmosphere remarkably well, grabbing the audience’s attention.

• At every possible moment the comic potential of a scene was exploited by producer and director Morag Mouat

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On the run: Character Richard Hannay tries to outwit the police. Photo: Dave Donaldson
On the run: Character Richard Hannay tries to outwit the police. Photo: Dave Donaldson

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  • Shetland Food and Cooking
    Shetland Food and Cooking

    A selection of recipes using traditional as well as contemporary ideas. Explores traditions and heritage, as well as the fantastic choices of local produce available today. View More…

  • Hairst is Coosed
    Hairst is Coosed

    Rhoda Bulter is arguably Shetland’s best-known and best-loved poet. Her 4 previous books are produced together for the first time and along with new material this collection boasts 194 dialect poems. View More…

  • The Literature of Shetland
    The Literature of Shetland

    The first ever history of Shetland\\\'s literature, covering over two centuries of creative work. Bringing many obscure local authors into the light, and offers new and insightful readings of better-known figures. View More…

  • Diana

    The whale ship, Diana, left Lerwick in early May 1866, bound for the Greenland whaling.
This journal is an astonishing record of endurance of that fateful trip View More…

  • Born a Beachcomber
    Born a Beachcomber

    Born in the last year of the Great War on a croft in the north of Unst, Thomas Mathieson escaped the hard toil of the croft for a life at sea, leading to adventures he never dreamed imaginable. View More…