NorthLink have warned there is a “high probability” sailings will be cancelled tomorrow (Thursday) due to “adverse weather conditions” as freight vessel sailings have already been cancelled.
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Lerwick Lanes consultation opens
A consultation has opened to the public over the Lerwick Lanes masterplan.
The online questionnaire is hoped to gather comments on how the site is currently used.
People are encouraged to say where they feel there may be opportunities for it to best contribute to a positive future for the town.
Responses to the survey will be discussed at a meeting planned for February next year, where the public will be able to comment and give views on the emerging plans.
Ahead of that meeting, during December and January, the masterplan team will appraise the site and consult directly with key stakeholders.
The consultation can be accessed HERE.
Second appearance for attempted murder charge
A 27-year-old man has appeared for a second time at Lerwick Sheriff Court charged with abduction and attempted murder.
Kyle Swannie, Lerwick, is also charged with assault to severe injury and danger to life.
On a separate charge, Swannie has been charged with assault to injury.
Appearing from private today (Tuesday), Swannie made no plea with regard to all of the charges.
He was fully committed and remanded in custody. No date was given for his next appearance.
‘Waste of money’ – community councillor slams Tesco roundabout works
A community councillor has slammed works to transform an area at the Tesco roundabout into a cycling and walking path.
Amanda Hawick called the move – which is entirely funded by the Scottish government – as an “atrociously bad waste of money”.
She also asked if there was going to be “a level crossing barrier” built to protect walkers from passing cyclists.
Ms Hawick told Monday evening’s Lerwick Community Council meeting that she had fielded calls all weekend about the construction work.
Lerwick South councillor John Fraser repeatedly told members that the SIC had not spent anything on the work, with all of the money coming from a Scottish government active travel fund.
The path will provide a more direct route between the Clickimin loch and the Sletts, according to SIC roads manager Neil Hutcheson.
He said a new bus layby would also be built there next year, to provide a safe stopping place for passengers heading to Tesco.
Mr Fraser said, after a consultation, that bus companies had been in favour of the move.
But community councillor Averil Simpson said she could not remember the LCC being consulted on the changes.
And she said the SIC were “tearing up this nice green piece of ground” to make the path.
The construction work started on Monday 20th November and is expected to last four weeks.
NorthLink warns of disruption
NorthLink has issued a warning over weather-related delays.
The ferry operator says the current forecast indicates the possibility of disruption to services from Thursday through to Friday.
Updates will follow as forecasts are updated.
It has already decided tomorrow’s south-bound sailing of the freight vessel Hildasay will begin at 4pm, instead of the scheduled departure time from Lerwick of 6pm.
Her voyage back from Aberdeen on Thursday is under review, with the possibility of cancellation.
Thursday’s south-bound freight service could also be cancelled.
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Wild swimmers aim to pack Bain’s beach to close cancer fundraiser
A wild swimming group who swam in a different location every day in November will complete their charity marathon with an audacious attempt to fill Bain’s beach on Sunday.
The six swimmers have so far raised over £15,000 for Cancer Research UK, over two-and-a-half times their initial fundraising target.
And they will end their cold-water challenge with a bang this weekend, aiming to pack out the Lerwick beach with wild swimmers.
Anita Georgeson took on the month-long marathon alongside Wendy Hatrick, Glynis Harcus, Linda Moncrieff, Emma Williamson and Jane Murphy.
She said they had been everywhere from Papa Stour to Whalsay, and from Burra to Unst, in their pursuit of 30 days without swimming in any place twice.
“It would have been too easy to do the whole thing at Bain’s beach, and at the Sands of Sound,” she said.
“I just wanted to ratchet up the challenge and go to as many beaches as possible.”
Having set out with a goal of raising £6,000, they have now surpassed the £15,000 mark – something Ms Georgeson said was “crazy”.
After completing the challenge late last week she said they now wanted to close it out in a blaze of glory – with a wild swimming extravaganza at Bain’s beach on Sunday at 1.30pm.
She encouraged as many people as possible to come along to ensure the beach is pinned, and to see the fundraiser out in style.
You can still donate to their fundraiser here.
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Coastguard aid oil rig worker
A person was transferred to hospital from an oil rig southeast of Shetland this evening (Sunday).
The call to coastguard was made before 6pm and the rescue helicopter travelled 93 miles to the person’s aid.
The helicopter transferred the patient into the care of medical professionals at the Clickimin landing site shortly after 8pm.
WATCH: Christmas parade brings festive cheer to town
Even the Grinch was unable to steal the festive cheer from the crowd that lined the streets of Lerwick to see Santa this afternoon (Saturday).
After Father Christmas was kindly escorted to Victoria Pier by the Lerwick lifeboat crew, he was joined by other famous names to greet the hundreds of people of Shetland in a parade through Market Cross.
Girls and boys of all ages caught the first glimpse of the man in the big red suit of 2023 as Santa, the Grinch, the Gruffalo, Frozen’s Olaf, the Lerwick Jarl’s Squad and musicians paraded da street.
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WATCH: Lifetime achievement award ‘humbled’ Henderson
Surprise was the thought on Mandy Henderson’s mind when she realised she had won the Lifetime Endeavour award at last night’s (Friday) Shetland Sports Awards in Clickimin.
The worthy winner received a standing ovation from the audience as she walked to the stage to collect her certificate.
Receiving the honour for her work in numerous sports throughout her life, Henderson said she was “humbled” to have been given it.
Mandy was one of the eight recipients of awards on the night, with athlete Seumas MacKay picking up his award for Sportsperson of the Year, netball player Erin Spence the Young Sportsperson, and fencing coach Phil Hibbert the Inclusivity Award.
Bob Kerr and Lesley Hutchison were crowned Volunteers of the Year for their role in the Shetland Island Games team.
Derek and Brenda Leask won the Coach of the Year award for the tremendous success in the hockey.
Continuing the hockey theme, junior inter-county hockey were named the Young Team of the Year and the Shetland Ladies Hockey also receiving the Team of the Year award.
WATCH: Runners enjoy Spiggie 10k in sunshine
Dozens of runners took part in the Spiggie 10k run in the South Mainland today.
Athletes started off at the Dunrossness Public Hall at 11.30am and took in the brilliant route around the Spiggie Loch in glorious sunshine, before finishing at the hall again.
• Full report in this week’s Shetland Times.
WATCH: Large crowd pay respect on Remembrance Day
Massive crowds lined the streets around the war memorial at Lerwick Town Hall this morning to pay their respects on Remembrance Day.
A loud gun salute at the King George V playpark signalled the beginning of a well-respected two-minute silence.
This was followed by the laying of wreaths from various organisations, led by Lord Lieutenant Bobby Hunter on behalf of King Charles III.
He was followed by MSP Beatrice Wishart and representatives from the armed forces, emergency services as well as cadets and school pupils.
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WATCH: Tom Kitchen protege makes surprise appearance at food and drink festival
Shetland-born chef Adam Sandison made a surprise guest appearance at last weekend’s Taste of Shetland food and drink festival.
Adam, who worked under famous chef Tom Kitchen at his Michelin-rated restaurant in Leith, delighted the crowds with an Asian-style salmon dish.
He is currently back in Shetland for a visit before going to live in Portugal with his young family, working locally at the Lerwick Hotel for a short period.
Adam said: “It was fantastic to be part of the event and showcase local produce.”
• Buy Friday’s Shetland Times for a full report and photos on the event.
Who’s the scariest this Halloween?
If you think you have the scariest or best Halloween costume why not send us your photos, and the best will be printed in this week’s Shetland Times.
Send your photos to email@example.com or post them on our Facebook page.
Rare yellow warbler spotted
The image of this rare American Yellow Warbler was taken in Hoswick yesterday [Thursday] by Mark Rayment.
This is just the fourth Shetland record, and the second this year after one was found in Foula back in September.
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