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The UK’s most northerly post office is getting ready to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.
Baltasound postmistress Valerie Johnson has pulled out all the stops to decorate the branch with bunting and flags to mark the milestone.
Ms Johnson, who has been postmistress for 24 years, said of the decision: “I do like the royal family, especially the Queen, so I wanted to make sure that I decorated my branch.
“The Queen is a great figurehead. She has seen so much change in her life and she has always been there for us.”
A new sign has also been installed, proclaiming “Britain’s Most Northerly Post Office”, and Ms Johnson believes that this will prove popular with tourists.
In this week’s Shetland Times
In today’s (Friday, 20th May) edition of The Shetland Times:
- Exclusive – Solo ferry passengers are being treated as ‘second class citizens’.
- Tributes have been paid to Alister Smith, the long-time owner of R.W Bayes shop on Commercial Street in Lerwick, who died this week.
- Crunch talks were held yesterday between Lerwick Port Authority and 12 harbour workers who are set to start an overtime ban next week.
- Another historic milestone was marked in Unst for the SaxaVord Spaceport.
- The build-up to next weekend’s Relay for Life has begun, with a concert at the Big Kirk in Lerwick on Wednesday.
- ARTS – Shetland’s tasty delights prove tempting for top celebrity chefs.
- SPORT – Spurs lifted the first outdoor hockey cup of the season, claiming The Dowry Grutness cup last Thursday.
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Commercial Street stalwart dies
Tributes have been pouring in for Alister Smith, the long-time business owner of R.W. Bayes who has died.
Living Lerwick announced his passing on its social media pages, offering its condolences.
He, along with business partner Neil Anderson, had ran the shop for four decades.
Hundreds of people have reacted to the post with dozens commenting on Da Street’s loss.
Mike Grundon commented: “So sorry to hear this. Alister was a familiar sight on the street. An old-school shopkeeper from a fading era. My condolences to all his friends, family and colleagues.”
While Jane Harper Laverty added: “He will be sorely missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him, sincere condolences to all the family.”
Spot the difference as BAM Nuttall trials four-legged robot on Viking site
A new worker has joined BAM Nuttall’s team in Shetland – a four-legged robot named Spot.
The construction company said it had successfully trialled the Trimble X7 laser scanner using a private 5G network for remote control, in the first use of its kind.
Boston Dynamics’ robot Spot uses specially adapted 3D laser scanning equipment to collect data and create site records.
BAM Nuttall said that given Shetland’s harsh weather conditions, challenging terrain, and isolated location, remote operation was critical to the trial’s success, as it proved the robot could take on days of manual surveying work and operate in areas and conditions hazardous to people – without operators needing to be on site or even travel to Shetland.
Head of innovation Colin Evison said: “This is just the start of our journey with Trimble and Boston Dynamics.
“As we face a skills shortage, become more in tune with the wellbeing of our people, and strive for more diversity, Spot has a number of benefits to safety and job design.
“This is all in addition to improvements to the efficiency and accuracy of our work.”
In this week’s Shetland Times
In today’s (Friday, 13th May) edition of The Shetland Times:
- Exclusive – Almost 100 anti-social behaviour cases have been lodged in three years – leading to “devastating” effects on victims’ lives.
- A Skerries man is digitising thousands of photos from the 18-1900s after finding them during a clean-up of his grandparents home.
- Police say they received “intelligence” there was likely to be disorder and anti-social behaviour during February’s Old Firm match between Celtic and Rangers. Additional officers were on patrol during the game.
- There’s two pages of election coverage as Shetland picks its new councillors.
- MSP Beatrice Wishart has backed calls for the Scottish government to increase the air fare discount for islanders.
- The Shetland Times takes a look at the new Hays Dock by the Dowry restaurant, as manager Stuart Fox talks about his future plans.
- ARTS – Former Idlewild frontman Roddy Woomble speaks about his latest gigs in the isles, and looks back on 20 years of Shetland concerts.
- SPORT – Spurs beat Ness to lift the Manson Cup, and there’s reports from two junior football inter-counties, hockey, athletics, golf, angling and the Jake Porter duathlon.
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WATCH: Wildlife haven leaps into life
Spring has brought Da Gairdins at Sand leaping into life.
The three ponds are bubbling with thousands of tiny tadpoles.
It looks like it won’t be too long before froglets will be calling the wildlife haven a pad of their own.
Visitors will soon have to tread carefully!
Meanwhile May has seen Da Gairdins bursting into colour as the rhododendrons come into bloom.
Story trail helps mark Queen’s jubilee
A new initiative aims to make shopping on the street easier for families, while marking the Queen’s platinum jubilee at the same time.
From today [Saturday] Living Lerwick is running a free story trail in Lerwick town centre.
The trail is designed to allow families choose what happens in the story, and can be accessed using a Smartphone.
It involves fictional characters who supposedly “come to life” from Buckingham Palace, and gone on a trip to Lerwick.
The idea is to encourage families to go to the street to enjoy a safe, fun and still socially distanced event.
For more details, visit the Living Lerwick website.
In this week’s Shetland Times
In today’s (Friday, 22nd April) edition of The Shetland Times:
- Election candidates have set out their stalls to voters ahead of next month’s council elections. Fuel poverty and the cost of living crisis were highlighted as the top priorities for new members.
- A college lecturer has said it is “absolutely galling” for them to have to walk out on students in a row over pay.
- A local author penned a humorous poem to Loganair after they lost his luggage – and received both his belongings, and a poem, in return.
- Up to 4,000 tonnes of hazardous waste could be set to be burned at the energy recovery plant each year to help heat Lerwick homes.
- Exclusive – Foula was almost left without electricity this week before an intervention from MP Alistair Carmichael. HMRC had refused red diesel for the island, despite previously saying they could get it, while Foula was desperately low on fuel.
- ARTS – We look ahead to next week’s Shetland Folk Festival, and photographer May Graham takes about her next project.
- SPORT – Ness United clinched the first silverware of the season in the Highland Fuels cup – and could set up a second final showdown with Spurs in the Manson Cup.
- SPORT – Plus there’s hockey, rugby, swimming, squash, cycling, bowls and netball.
Historic Swan takes a tow
The 120-year-old former herring drifter, the Swan, caused quite a stir last night (Monday) after she was helped back to harbour by the Lerwick lifeboat crew.
The sail training vessel was actually assisting the RNLI with a training exercise which the crew described as a “valuable experience”.
During the evening exercise, the crew practised attaching lines before taking her under tow and bringing her safely alongside in Lerwick harbour.
At 67-feet long, the Swan is longer than Lerwick lifeboat’s 55-feet Severn-class lifeboat and considerably heavier, with a deeper draught so took some gentle handling to bring her back to the berth.
Skipper of the Swan, Maggie Adamson, is also a member of the lifeboat crew and helped co-ordinate the exercise.
Two homes to feature in BBC series
Two very different but equally homely houses will be under the spotlight tonight (Monday) in the new series of BBC show Scotland’s Home of the Year.
The homes are at opposite ends of the historical spectrum.
Caroline and John Tait live in a relatively new build in Levenwick while Shona and Allen Skinner’s crofthouse in Cullivoe dates back to 1860.
They will go up against a third house, in Orkney, to be crowned regional champion and make it to the series final.
Caroline and John moved in in 2017 and the house features a large open plan kitchen diner come living space, two bathrooms and three bedrooms including a master with walk-in wardrobe and en suite.
It also has a view looking out to sea that Caroline says “is beautiful, we just love it”.
They share the home with sons Lewis and Harry and Harry’s girlfriend Lauren.
City dweller Shona and husband Allen moved into their renovated croft house 11 years ago after originally deciding to keep it as just a holiday home.
The history and beauty of the place, however, tempted the couple even though Shona thought London would always be home and she “could never imagine myself living in Shetland”.
Its provenance dates back generations as Shona explains: “The house belonged to my great-grandparents. It started life literally as a but ’n ben.
“In about 1916 they decided to put two extra bedrooms on. Then about 30-years ago the house was offered to my father.”
The programme will air on BBC 1 at 8.30pm with neither couple privy to how they, or their homes will come across.
Shona said: “I am quite nervous, I think anybody would be.
“You are exposing what you think is your fabulous home to the whole country and beyond.”
Caroline added: “I think we will have a wee bit of a party the night the programme airs, have a few glasses of champagne and see how it goes.
“I might watch, I might hide behind the couch, we’ll see.”
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