The Shetland Times » The Shetland Times Shetland News, Sport, Jobs, Properties, Shop Tue, 01 Sep 2015 08:32:40 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Bruck doesn’t disintegrate Tue, 01 Sep 2015 08:32:40 +0000 Some time in 1988, 14 years before I was born, someone in Unst ate some Quavers, drank a can of Coke and threw away the packaging.

At the weekend I picked up the bruck – it had hardly disintegrated at all (see pictures).

Dunna chuck bruck!

Rona Brookes
Ordaal House,

The Coke can from 1988.

The Coke can from 1988.

A crisp packet discarded 27 years ago.

A crisp packet discarded 27 years ago.

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Memorial bench roof slashed by vandals Mon, 31 Aug 2015 15:29:44 +0000 Vandals have targeted a memorial at the Bell’s Brae Primary School in Lerwick.

Police said the canvas roof of the memorial bench, outside the ASN department in the area of the junction of Bell’s and Gilbertson roads, had been slashed during the incident.

The damage was believed to have been done some time between 9th and 15th August, before the schools resumed after the summer break.

The police are keen to speak to anyone with information regarding the incident. If anyone can help they are asked to phone the police on 101 and ask for the Lerwick station.

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Robinson to press minister over emergency tugs Mon, 31 Aug 2015 12:20:34 +0000 Shetland Islands Council is calling on the UK government to guarantee the future provision of coastguard tugs in the Northern Isles.

Funding for the vessel, Herakles, currently stationed in Orkney is only in place until March next year and there appear to be no plans to continue that essential cover beyond that date.

The coastguard tug Herakles, seen here in Scalloway Harbour. Photo: Mark Burgess.

The coastguard tug Herakles, seen here in Scalloway Harbour. Photo: Mark Burgess.

In a letter to the Secretary of State for Scotland, David Mundell, SIC political leader Gary Robinson said it was unacceptable that the already limited provision of such vessels should come to an end.

Provision for the Northern Isles was reduced in 2010 following the UK government’s spending review, and the council now has grave concerns that it may be withdrawn altogether next year.

Mr Robinson said: “I will be meeting with the secretary of state next month and this issue will be very high on the agenda.

“There’s been a marked increase in shipping around our shores in recent years due to the presence of the oil and gas industry – and Shetland now has a seafood industry worth £300 million a year to the local economy.

“It’s simply unacceptable that we should be left without such essential protection in an area which can have such hostile weather conditions.

“It took years of lobbying to get an emergency tug based here following the loss of the Braer, and it is unthinkable that that cover could now be removed.”

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Daroja arrives in Lerwick Harbour after weekend collision Mon, 31 Aug 2015 12:13:17 +0000 The Streamline chartered container ship Daroja was back in Lerwick today after colliding with another vessel near Peterhead on Saturday.

The small tanker Erin Wood, an occasional visitor to Shetland, almost sank following the collision four miles from the North East port on Saturday afternoon in force four south-westerly winds.

The 24m long vessel had almost capsized by the time her crew and Peterhead lifeboat crew managed to start pumping her out. A number of hours later she was taken in tow by Peterhead trawler Ocean Endeavour and taken to the harbour of refuge at Peterhead.

Daroja was escorted into Peterhead by the lifeboat where she was surveyed before continuing her journey to Lerwick. No-one was injured in the collision.

According to AIS data, both vessels appear to have been heading north at the time of the collision. Daroja had left Aberdeen a little over an hour before the incident. An investigation into the collision by the Marine Accident Investigation Branch is under way.

The 91m long Daroja is registered in Cyprus and owned by a German shipping company and leased to Streamline.

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Cyclists turn out to raise funds for charity Mon, 31 Aug 2015 10:41:07 +0000 The riders line up outside Frankie's Fish & Chips in Brae.

The riders line up outside Frankie’s Fish & Chips in Brae. Photo: Dave Donaldson

Three charities will benefit from the efforts of 42 cyclists who took part in the fifth annual Frankie’s Charity Cycle Sportive on Sunday.

All proceeds from the event this year will be split between the Fishermen’s Mission, Cancer Research UK and Alzheimer’s Research UK.

Twenty-three cyclists completed the 40-mile ride – two times around a lap from Brae to Voe, up Dales Lees and back round in the face of a stiff southerly wind to Brae – with Pete Fenwick of Shetland Wheelers first home.

Seventeen did the 20-mile ride – one lap of the same course – with Dugie Gunn from Muckle Roe leading the group over the line, while 12-year-old Flora Quinnell was the first of the two riders in the 10-mile ride from Brae to Voe and back.

Flora, from Aith, said: “I was delighted. It was a really enjoyable ride out to Voe and back to Frankie’s.”

Local electrical retailer George Robertson Ltd has donated a set of Otone Bluwall Speakers which will be presented to each of the three winners.

Prior to the race Peter Dade, former superintendent of the mission in Shetland and now superintendent in North Shields, who was deputising for Audrey Jamieson, wished the cyclists well and thanked them for taking part to support the work of the charity.

After a welcome fish supper for all participants, a bumper raffle with a series of top prizes kindly donated by a wide range of sponsors was drawn. A final tally from entry fees, sponsorship and the raffle will be calculated shortly.

Since it began in 2011 the sportive has raised more than £20,000 for charities.

Frankie’s Fish & Chips manager Carlyn Kearney said: “It was a great day, with cyclists of all ages and abilities taking part and enjoying themselves thoroughly.

“I’d just like to thank everybody who took part, the staff here at Frankie’s for their hard work in arranging the event, Red Cross staff for medical back-up and manning one of the feeding stations, Steve Henry from Shetland Motorcycling Training for making sure the routes were safe and the boys from Brae Garage for support out on the road.”

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Pole fire Mon, 31 Aug 2015 10:29:06 +0000 Sandwick fire brigade attended a burning hydro pole at Scousburgh this morning. A fire engine went to the scene after the brigade received an emergency call at 7.56am and remained there until hydro engineers arrived.

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Hundreds turn out for Ocean Kinetics open day Sun, 30 Aug 2015 10:56:11 +0000 Hundreds of people turned up for the chance to take a peak at what goes on in one of Shetland’s most dynamic businesses yesterday.

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John Henderson shows Tommy Allan a plan and the finished artefact. Photo: Peter Johnson

Folk attending the Ocean Kinetics open day got a guided tour of the business at the Port Business Park. There was also music, free food and drink and face-painting for youngsters. And for those who enjoyed the event, or missed out this time around, Ocean Kinetics plans to hold  other open days, or evenings.

According to Ocean Kinetics managing director John Henderson it is a chance for the firm, that has expanded rapidly and opened the £3 million energy-efficient building in 2013, to put something back to the Shetland community.

The firm now has 70 permanent staff and around another 30 working on contract around Shetland. As well as store people, admin staff and accountants, draughtsmen, chartered engineers and the engineering team in Lerwick there are people employed as divers and  painters.

Mr Henderson said: “People know who Ocean Kinetics are and have a rough idea of what we do, but we felt it was important  for the local community to have a look around and see some of the investments we have made and see some of the good people we have got working here and the nice working conditions and some of the modern machinery we have here. It’s a nice looking building from the front, but nobody really knows what’s going on inside.

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Fiona Sutherland, Jamie Stevenson and Jodie Sutherland enjoying their day at Ocean Kinetics. Photo: Peter Johnson

“We always like to give a peerie bit back to the community and employ apprentices. We are keen to keep the talent in Shetland and we have got some undergraduates and graduates working here and we are keen to get people coming back from university as well as the apprentices. That’s pretty important.

“It’s nice to have a company in Shetland, I think, that’s doing a job that’s as good as anyone else coming from South. So we are trying to make more of the oil and gas companies aware of what we can do and our capabilities. We see companies coming up from South and we see them on site at Sullom and on the gas pant and we can see we’d be doing a better job more economically, we are not having to ship guys up from the south. If there is a job to be done and there is some delays then we can be a lot more cost effective, especially nowadays with the price of oil being down and everybody looking to make economies.”

Mr Henderson said that he could see plenty of reason for optimism for the industry in future, despite the continuing low oil price. Ocean Kinetics would be working along with the oil companies to try and improve efficiencies and get rid of red tape, where possible.

“But the reason for today is to show them what we can do, that we are a professional company, that has spent a lot of time and money on the building and machinery, but we have probably spent more time and money on the staff, just training them up and making them fit for the jobs that’s up there.

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James Isbister, Ian and Kenneth Gray. Photo: Peter Johnson

“There are a lot of opportunities for people that is wanting to come and work. We are always looking for talented people with ability. I suppose one of the things is that the people working in Shetland have to tend to wear different caps, so the multi-skilled thing is very important for wis.”

Of course Ocean Kinetics is heavily involved in industries apart from Sullom Voe and the Shetland Gas Plant such as aquaculture, fishing, fish factory fitting and a smaller amount of offshore supply work.

It has even got a contract working on repairing a pier in Antarctica that was damaged by an ice flow. Personnel will be flying out, while the plant is going by boat – two of everything, just in case.

The factory has been fitted with biomass fuelled underfloor heating throughout involving seven miles of underfloor pipe. It has a range of computer controlled cutting and milling machinery that can turn out practically any fitting or part designed in-house or from files received from clients anywhere in the world. Likewise, Ocean Kinetics designs can be sent electronically to a specialised tool shop anywhere on the planet.


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Plenty to get the teeth into at Metal Buffet Sat, 29 Aug 2015 17:20:41 +0000 The annual Heavy Metal Buffet got well and truly underway at Lerwick Legion last night where a full house of metal heads turned out to celebrate a musical genre that is twice as old as most of the fans who were there.

The Legion was hot, sweaty and LOUD, with a variety of eardrum bashing acts putting on some highly entertaining shows that varied from the acoustic Mathew Adam to the funk inflected Shetland Phoney to the full on headbanging of openers Ten Tonne Dozer, Baethos and headliners Semperfi.


Semperfi giving it laldy. Photo: Chris brown

The acts at the main Legion “Njuggle” stage were co-ordinated with those in the public bar, an excellent idea that meant people could watch every band in the line up by switching between “venues”; with the Dirty Lemons pulling a double slot in the bar between the last three acts in the function room.

One of the organisers, Dirk Robertson, said he was delighted with the way the opening concert had gone and that extra organisation that had gone into this year’s event had paid off as the whole business had gone more smoothly than before.

Robertson added: “It’s been better than ever before and a better atmosphere – a friendly family atmosphere. One of the big things for us is welcoming in the bands from the mainland. It’s been really great seeing how much much fun these bands have had here.”

The sound by Stevie and Amanda was excellent as was the light set up by Derek Hendry that showed what can be done with the Legion stage with the right equipment. Tim Mathew, who more frequently produces sound for a variety of bands or performs with his own band, Mystery Juice, was last night acting stage manager. This year’s event also had a global reach with the show being broadcast live on the internet on 60 North TV.


Baethos guitarist Steven Murray in full voice. Photo : Chris Brown.

Old stagers Ten Tonne Dozer got the ball rolling on Friday evening – they also have the honour of closing tomorrow night’s show – a mark of recognition of 10 years at the top of the Shetland metal scene.

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Lisa Ward of Deathstar Canteen. photo: Chris Brown

New band Draugr, fronted by Jamie Dalziel who produces the regular Heavy Metal Buffet along with Marjolein Robertson, both of whom were involved organising the festival, produced the surprise of the night when singer Callum MacIntosh proposed to his girlfriend Jennifer Leask onstage.

Local favourites Nomadia and the talented funk/rock/rap outfit Shetland Phoney put in pleasing sets and, visiting Shetland for the first time, Glasgow band Baethos were hailed by stageside musicians as a truly outstanding act. Lewis McDowall on bass, Jonathan Beveridge on drums and Steven Murray on guitar are one razor sharp act, with Beveridge sounding like Phil Taylor at his best.

The trio had gone for a hurl around Shetland in a car before the festival and, to truly prove their metal, managed a bit of skinny dipping at Meal beach.

McDowall said later that he had loved playing for the Shetland crowd. “That’s what makes it all worthwhile.”

But the response of the night was for Aberdeen based Semperfi, who have now become an established part of the Shetland rock scene. And they had the dancefloor jammed with people headbanging, pogoing or simply doing their own thing.

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Movie parade celebrates opening of Screenplay Sat, 29 Aug 2015 14:17:34 +0000 DSCF9571

A shark looks forward to the screening of Jaws. Photo: Stephen Gordon

Shetland Arts’ celebration of all things film was saluted by a parade on Saturday morning. Starting from the town’s Market Cross, the march made its way along the street under colourful bunting and ended up outside Mareel where a feast of films, lectures and discussions featuring film professionals will be held through to Sunday the 6th of September.

Leading the parade was Kathy Hubbard followed by the Lerwick Brass Band in good form playing hits from the movies including the James Bond Theme, Anchors Aweigh and Colonel Bogie from the film Bridge Over the River Kwai. The band was followed by some volunteers and participants involved with the festival, some dressed up in film themed costumes.

One of the volunteers involved in the march Willum Cluness said he would be involved  with a virtual reality experience on Monday involving a head set. Another, Sophie Balcombe had travelled up from Orkney. Asked if she had enjoyed the showing of the Silent classic Black Pirate accompanied by live piano shown at Mareel the previous night with some of the audience in costume, she said she had “loved it!”. The festival for film buffs of all ages continues to provide a varied programme for a community that was, not so long ago, without a permanent cinema for many years.

Read more about Screenplay 2015 in next Friday’s Shetland Times


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Police issue warning after attempted break ins Sat, 29 Aug 2015 12:00:54 +0000 The police are urging shop keepers and business owners in Shetland to be vigilant, following reports of attempted break ins at premises in Lerwick and Sumburgh.

According to Police Scotland officers are carrying out  high visibility patrols in these areas and the police have appealed to shop owners and the public to report any signs of suspicious activity in the area.

“Businesses owners can assist us by ensuring that their premises are fully secured before leaving the property unattended and that no money is left in the tills or elsewhere within the building,” a spokesman said.

“If anyone has any information, or may have witnessed any suspicious behaviour, they are encouraged to contact us on 101 or alternatively can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

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