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Highland Fuels final two set for Whalsay showdown

April 12, 2024 | 11.16am

Lerwick Spurs will meet Whitedale in the first football final of the season on Tuesday.

The Highland Fuels Cup final had been due to be played tonight (Friday) in Whalsay, but was postponed following a request from Spurs.

It will now be played at Harbison Park at 7.15pm on Tuesday.

Spurs have scored 12 goals in two games en-route to the final, and are looking to extend their trophy-winning run to a 14th consecutive season.

The West Side club are hoping to lift the trophy for the first time since 2018, having dispatched Celtic 4-1 in the semi-final.

Whitedale are the last club to lift the Highland Fuels Cup before Ness United’s four-in-a-row dominance of the trophy.

UPDATED: Fatal road crash in South Mainland

April 12, 2024 | 8.53am

A 25-year-old man has died following a one-vehicle crash in the South Mainland.

Police said emergency services were called at around 1am to the collision involving a Toyota pick-up.

The driver was pronounced dead at the scene.

The A970 main road in the South Mainland is only likely to open this afternoon, police on the scene have said.

It remains closed south of the Hoswick junction.

Police Scotland said no local diversion is possible, and thanked people for their patience.

Sumburgh Airport has also been affected by the road closure.

Highlands and Islands Airports Limited (Hial) advised passengers to check with their airline before travelling today.

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Former Dunrossness man jailed for 11 years

April 10, 2024 | 6.21pm

A 69-year-old man has been jailed for 11 years for violent and sexual offences against two women spanning three decades. 

Sean Casey was found guilty of the offences, which took place in Orkney and Shetland, at Aberdeen High Court last month.

He was sentenced at the same court today (Wednesday). 

Casey, who previously lived in Dunrossness, had his address given as Limavady, County Derry.

He was found guilty of three charges of rape and one of indecent assault by a majority verdict following a trial.

Detective constable Emma Ellis said: “Casey has been found guilty of his crimes and now faces the consequences. 

“I hope these women will take some form of justice from the outcome in court as they continue to move forward with their lives. 

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Cut backs at abattoir as financial pressure grows

April 10, 2024 | 11.58am

Shetland’s abattoir will replace its full time manager with a part time role as financial pressures mount.

Cuts were “reluctantly” made at the abattoir, Shetland Livestock and Marketing Group (SLMG) said.

Due to financial pressures, which are being experienced across the country, SLMG chairman Cecil Eunson said it had become difficult for small abattoirs to remain viable. 

Mr Eunson said it was a “difficult decision” to make but one that was important for the future of the abattoir.

“The throughput at the abattoir declined last year, and has seen a further reduction at the start of this year,” Mr Eunson said. “This currently affects profitability.”

“Due to this situation, the board have taken the decision, very reluctantly, to no longer have an abattoir manager but replace this with a part-time role.”

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Armitage to stand as Green candidate at general election

April 10, 2024 | 8.00am

Councillor Alex Armitage will stand as the Green Party’s candidate in the general election later this year.

Dr Armitage announced his election bid on the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Zetland County Council act in 1974.

The 42-year old works part-time as a children’s doctor and is also the Greens first councillor in Shetland, representing Shetland South since 2022.

He said he would fight for a better deal for Orkney and Shetland, if elected to Westminster.

And he added he will push for a four-day working week as one of his core campaign tenets.

“Ordinary folk are struggling with the cost of housing, food and energy, our planet’s ecosystems are breaking, yet corporations, multimillionaires and billionaires keep getting richer,” he said.

“During the pandemic, our broken economy poured £150billion into the bank accounts of billionaires, whilst at the same time millions of ordinary people have become impoverished; fuel poverty, food poverty, mental illness, burnout. 

“All the while, we continue to tolerate politicians who advocate for more of the same.”

Dr Armitage said he would base his campaign on three “transformational economic policies” – wealth taxation, a universal basic income and a four day week.

And he pointed to the Zetland County Council act, signed 50 years ago today, as an example of what Shetland could achieve if it worked together with large industrial developments.

“Fifty years after the Zetland County Council Act, Shetland and Orkney are once again in the spotlight of energy development, this time with our vast renewable energy resources.

!As this industry develops around us, we risk being cut out of economic benefits which could be used to sustain our communities.

“In 2024, we need our political leadership to channel the spirit of 1974.

“If elected, I will use my voice in parliament to ensure that our communities can control the development of renewables, protect our valuable low-carbon seafood industry and gain a fair share of the value of our natural resources.”

Yell charity receives £99,000 to buy Sellafirth buildings

April 10, 2024 | 12.01am

North Yell Development Council (NYDC) have been given almost £100,000 by the Scottish Land Fund  to buy two buildings for cultural and community events.

The community group on the North Isle are one of 10 across Scotland to receive a grant from the fund – with a combined total of £1,833,622 awarded.

To help them buy the two properties in the Sellafirth Business Park, NYDC were given £99,000 from the Scottish Land Fund which reopened to applications in April 2021.

Chairman of the NYDC Mark Lawson said he was thrilled to see the funding secured to help develop an “underutilised asset” of the Sellafirth community.

“Opportunities to purchase premises within North Yell do not come up often,” Mr Lawson said.

 “This will allow us to continue to look forward with ambitious plans to grow both our economy and our community, to ensure North Yell remains an amazing place to live, work, visit and invest.”

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WATCH: Easter bunny brings joy to Skerries

April 1, 2024 | 9.38am

Passengers aboard the ferry to Skerries were left rubbing their eyes in disbelief after spotting the Easter bunny yesterday (Sunday).

The elusive rabbit was seen waving to the ferry from the Grunay pier as he made his Easter rounds.

And the ferry crew reported adults and children had been left agog at the unexpected sighting, with one said to have declared it as “like something out of a storybook”.

The Easter bunny produced a sign wishing everyone a “Happy Easter”, leaving behind a trail of smiles in his wake.

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First ship of bumper season cruises in

March 31, 2024 | 1.15pm

The first cruise ship of what is hoped to be another record season arrived into Lerwick yesterday (Saturday).

Ambassador’s Ambition arrived on an 11-day Easter tour of the British isles, leaving from and returning to London Tilbury.

She is the first of 149 cruise ships booked to come to Shetland between now and mid-November, with roughly 130,000 passengers due to arrive.

There are also 11 maiden calls expected this year, including the largest yet to visit – the MSC Virtuosa in May – which has a capacity of between 4,000 and 6,000 passengers.

Delting Up-Helly-A’ in pictures

March 16, 2024 | 9.45am

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Delting Up-Helly-A’ gearing up for a big night

March 15, 2024 | 6.59pm

It’s now down to the big burn in Delting.

Guizer Jarl Daniel Johnson, who is Hakon Galinn for the day, will be preparing for the procession and burning of the galley.

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Is school year too short? Althing to decide

March 10, 2024 | 7.18pm

Do kids have too much free time outside of school term? Are parents driven to distraction? Or do school pupils need quality time away from the classroom?

These are just some of the points to be raised at this month’s Althing debate – “the school year is too short”.

Speaking for the motion is Caroline Henderson and Joe Smith. Against is Chris Horrix and Barbara Dinnage.

The debate is due to take place on 16th March at the Lerwick Town Hall.

Shetland to the Stars success

March 2, 2024 | 3.41pm

UHI Shetland, in collaboration with Dynamic Earth, enjoyed an out-of-this-world jam-
packed activity day.

Shetland to the Stars Free Family Fun Day” was held today (Saturday) at the UHI Shetland Scalloway Campus.

The event, designed to engage and entertain families in all things space and science, saw an overwhelming response, with over 300 enthusiastic participants joining the festivities.

From captivating hands-on activities to awe-inspiring exhibits, the event showcased the wonders of science and astronomy in an accessible and engaging manner.

Families from all over Shetland flocked to Scalloway, turning the day into a memorable celebration of education, exploration, and community spirit.

Key highlights of the event included:

Interactive Exhibits: Attendees had the opportunity to explore a range of interactive
exhibits, providing a hands-on experience that brought the marvels of space and
science to life.

Educational Workshops: Engaging workshops, led by experienced educators and astronomers, captivated both young and old with insightful presentations and demonstrations.

Professor Jane Lewis, principal and chief executive of UHI Shetland, said: “We are thrilled to see the
incredible turnout for the ‘Shetland to the Stars Free Family Fun Day.’

“The event’s success is a testament to the community’s passion for science education and their
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WATCH: Bressay Up-Helly-A’ in video

March 2, 2024 | 1.14pm

Huge crowds turned out for the Bressay Up-Helly-A’ yesterday.

The fire festival was hailed a huge success as the weather helped Guizer Jarl Laurence Robertson and his Bressay squad enjoy his big day.


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