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Easter colouring competition winners announced

12 hours 56 min ago

Four young artists have scooped a sweet treat for their designs in The Shetland Times’ Easter colouring competition.

The winners were: Robin Gifford, 5, from Lerwick; Erin Henry, 7, from Brae; Ava Smith, 11, from North Nesting; and Emily Watt, 11, from Lerwick.

All four have won a chocolate Easter Egg for their talents.


SIC announce road closures

14 hours 11 min ago

The A970 Brae to North Roe road will be resurfaced south of the Burn of Roer Water, Collafirth next week.

The work will take place on Monday, 19th and Tuesday, 20th April.

Between 10am and 3pm and the road will be closed to traffic on those days.

Additionally bus services will be slightly affected; the 13:25 Service 22 departure from Brae will terminate in Ollaberry at 13:55 and not serve Collafirth or North Roe on on both days.

SIC Roads  apologise for any inconvenience

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In this week’s Shetland Times

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In today’s (Friday 16th April) edition of The Shetland Times:

  • The local fishing industry is furious at figures which they say shows EU boats are being checked far less frequently than the Shetland fleet.
  • Tourism figures react with delight to news that travel will resume at the end of the month, but politicians criticise the move.
  • A Lerwick artist is carving a niche as the UK’s most northerly wargaming model painter, earning international recognition.
  • Shetland’s election candidates give their views on Scottish independence, fishing, agriculture and what kept them going through lockdown.
  • There’s a five-page ‘On the Water’ feature, looking ahead to getting out in the summer.
  • SPORT – A kit collector with 350 football shirts talks about sharing his massive collection with the public.

Apology to court from man who faced contempt proceedings

April 15, 2021 | 12.22pm

A man who faced contempt proceedings at Lerwick Sheriff Court has apologised after a night in custody.

Calum Jamieson, 37, of Mill Lane, Lerwick, was accused of serving as a puppet for a third party who denies the court’s jurisdiction in the isles.

During a previous appearance Jamieson was initially represented by Stuart Hill – before Mr Hill was excluded from the court.

Jamieson’s appearance on Wednesday followed a statement of uncontroversial facts submitted by him in preparation for a trial.

The document was regarded by Sheriff Ian Cruickshank as a challenge to the court’s authority.

Sheriff Ian Cruickshank had remanded him in custody, adding he was considering finding him in contempt of court.

On Thursday Jamieson said through a defence agent that he wished to apologise.

“He accepts the jurisdiction of the court,” the agent, Mr Foster, said.

Sheriff Cruickshank told Jamieson: “You have purged your contempt, and I make no finding of contempt.”


Peterson secures five-year logistics deal with NorthLink

April 15, 2021 | 11.23am

Logistics company Peterson have signed a five-year deal with Serco NorthLink to provide support on the Shetland-Aberdeen route.

The companies already had an existing agreement, with Peterson saying the new deal would help them to build on this.

Peterson regional director Chris Coull said: “The Serco NorthLink contract is an essential lifeline for the islands and our teams in Aberdeen and Shetland have done an excellent job throughout the pandemic.

“Everyone at Peterson is proud to have played their part in providing the lifeline operator with the services required to ensure movement of essential goods and supplies.”

The contract will run through to June 2026 and Peterson said it would help secure jobs in the local communities.

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Police welcome sentencing of Norman Donald on domestic abuse charges

April 14, 2021 | 4.35pm

Police Scotland has welcomed the sentencing of Norman Donald who was sentenced to two years and two months imprisonment following domestic abuse offences.

The 43-year-old pleaded guilty to the offences at Lerwick Sheriff Court on Wednesday.

Donald’s offending took place between November 2016 and March 2020 in Shetland and Aberdeen.

Detective Inspector Caine McIntyre, of Police Scotland’s Domestic Abuse Task Force, said: “Today we welcome the sentencing of Norman Donald. He is a violent individual that will now have to face the consequences of his actions.

“His conviction sends out a clear message that domestic abuse crimes will not be tolerated in a modern Scotland and will be robustly investigated by Police Scotland.

“I would like to thank the victims in this case for the courage, strength and dignity they have shown throughout this investigation. I hope that today’s sentencing provides them with some closure and will allow them to move on with their lives.

“If you are aware of anyone who is experiencing or has experienced domestic abuse, then I would urge that it is never too late to report this to police or seek support and advice from one of our partner agencies.”

Police Inspector Martyn Brill, of Police Scotland’s Shetland Community Policing Team, said: “Thankfully incidents of this nature are rare in the Shetland community.

“I would ask anyone who feels they have been a victim of domestic abuse to come forward and speak to police.

“There is no place for crimes like this in our area and we will continue to work with our partners to help keep Shetland a safe place to live.

“Anyone with any concerns surrounding domestic abuse is asked to contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

New contract awarded to Northwards

April 14, 2021 | 1.44pm

Northwards has been awarded a contract from Orkney Islands Council to move approximately 20 containers of general waste to Shetland for processing.

Starting this month, the work is set to run on a weekly basis for up to five years.

It secures employment for the company’s staff based in Kirkwall and Lerwick.

Regional manager for Orkney Michael Foubister said it was “very good news” for the haulage firm.

“it is an important win for us that demonstrates not only the quality and efficiency of our service but also the fact that we are compliant with the stringent local authority procurement process.

“This is a real endorsement of the standards we have set for ourselves and the level of service we can bring to our customers.”

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Vidlin linkspan work begins next week

April 14, 2021 | 11.39am

Shetland Islands Council will next week begin essential work on the linkspan at Vidlin Ferry Terminal.

Work to install a newly-refurbished linkspan is expected to take around four days, beginning at 2pm on Monday 19th April, weather permitting.

The Skerries service at 1pm on Monday 19th April, and 11am on Friday 23rd will be unaffected, and will run as normal.  The Whalsay service will operate out of Laxo while the work is taking place.

Shetland Islands Council apologises to passengers for any inconvenience caused by this essential work.

Anyone affected by these changes can contact ferry services to discuss alternative arrangements on 01595 744200.

Lerwick Legion given almost £100k for major upgrade

April 14, 2021 | 10.49am

The Lerwick branch of the Royal British Legion has been given close to £100,000 to carry out an essential upgrade and modernisation.

The funds were approved by councillors at Wednesday’s full council, through the Crown Estate Fund.

An application placed through the Lerwick branch said the funds would go towards making the building “more family-friendly”.

Development manager Thomas Coutts said they hoped to be able to host children’s parties in the near future.

The money will go towards a new heating system, upgraded flooring and a more efficient Wi-Fi network.

Councillor Alison Duncan said that the organisation did a “tremendous job here in Shetland”, and was happy to back the plans.

The work is expected to start this month, and to be completed by October.

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Convener pays tribute to late councillor Willie Tait and Duke of Edinburgh

April 14, 2021 | 10.14am

SIC convener Malcolm Bell paid tribute to late councillor Willie Tait, and the Duke of Edinburgh Prince Philip, at the outset of Wednesday’s full council meeting.

Late councillor Willie Tait.

A minutes silence was held at the beginning of the meeting for the pair.

Mr Bell described former councillor Mr Tait as a “true gentleman, and a gentle man”.

“His commitment to Shetland was obvious.”

He said Mr Tait was one of those rare people he “can’t recall anyone having a bad word about”.

The convener also sent the council’s condolences to the Queen and the royal family following Prince Philip’s death last Friday.

Ferry plans may never happen, says SIC chief executive

April 13, 2021 | 4.39pm

Ferries, fixed links and funding were once again the hot topics today as the isles’ future connectivity plans were discussed by councillors.

The meeting of the Policy and Resources Committee had six agenda items with the vast majority of the meeting taken up by updates on the ferry replacement program and/or, depending on how you look at it, inter-isle connectivity.

Following a brief presentation by Robert Sinclair, executive manager for assets, commissioning and procurement, councillor Ryan Thomson asked for an update on the timescale of the ferry replacement plan.

Chief executive Maggie Sandison answered, saying: “The work on the two priority ferry replacement projects, which is Fair Isle and Whalsay, has been progressing with Scottish government officials.

“We are continuing to engage around the funding for capital, ferry replacement projects because we secured the revenue funding but have no funding at this stage for capital.

She added: “One of the other areas we are currently looking at is whether the recently announced ‘leveling up’ fund could support some of the infrastructure projects the council currently has underway.”

Fair Isle is the specific focus of the leveling up talks, however, Ms Sandison stated that those talks had not progressed as hoped due to the May election but will be picked up again following parliaments recall.

Allison Duncan asked for clarification on the lack of capital funding asking “does this mean that Fair Isle and Foula will be delayed substationaly.”

Ms Sandison said SIC had been working for many years on the need to invest in a ferry replacement infrastructure with the Scottish government, compiling comprehensive business cases for both.

She added: “We are aware the Scottish government is working on what was a ferry plan but is now being described as an island connectivity plan, so in terms of the government looking at islands and looking at their needs for transport and connection, that is a commitment they are working on.”

It was this slight change of Scottish government emphasis from ferry plan to a connectivity plan that raised alarm bells with some of the committee members.

A matter of semantics it is not, as a focus on connectivity includes long-term fixed links such as tunnels and bridges, the ferry replacement project is, however, a more immediate concern.

Concern was also raised that SIC funds used to outline the merits of a ferry replacement plan would be money down the drain as the government’s focus shifts to fixed links.

Ms Sandison said: “We have been spending money on business cases, we received no government funding. I think the next stage is to establish that our needs will be addressed in terms of funding whatever it is the outline business cases recommends for each island.

“Until we get funding we are spending money on something that may never happen.”

A full report will appear in Friday’s Shetland Times.

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Scenes today in Lerwick

April 12, 2021 | 9.28am

The cast and crew of TV drama ‘Shetland’ looks to have brought a little spring weather with them as they film scenes in Lerwick today.

Roads running off King Erik Street are the backdrop to the  filming and will see roads closed and parking difficult in that area.


Action was being called at Lerwick Police Station at around 9am this morning.

Filming is expected to take place until around noon today, Monday, April 12th.

Road closures due to Shetland filming

April 11, 2021 | 3.45pm

Residents planning to travel through Lerwick on Monday, 12th April are being reminded of road closures due to the filming of TV drama ‘Shetland’.

Roads around the King Erik Street will be closed between 7am and 12pm as scenes are being filmed.

Parking restrictions and some short delays can be expected.

Shetland artist takes the show on the road

April 11, 2021 | 10.57am

Visitors to Lerwick’s Harrison Square were yesterday greeted by the first of three outings of Vivian Ross-Smith’s latest art installation; The Island is the Gallery.

Inspired by the closure of art galleries due to Covid, the visual artist looked at ways to exhibit her work outside of a gallery environment and began creating art which she wears.

During the 90 minute exhibition Ms Ross-Smith uses physical gestures to connect with the audience. Her work challenges the idea of where and how we view art and asks whether art post-Covid will be less city centric.

She will be exhibiting again on Saturday, 17th April at B9071, Gonfirth and on Saturday, 24th April at St Ninians Isle. Both performances will be between 11am and 12.30pm.

Stricken crewman taken to Tingwall

April 10, 2021 | 11.14am

An unwell crewman was airlifted from an installation 86 nautical miles southeast of Sumburgh this morning.

The Lerwick coastguard team assisted at the landing site at Tingwall aerodrome.

The causality was then passed on to an awaiting ambulance team.

The operation was completed before 11am today, Saturday, April 10.

No further information on the nature of the medical problem was released.


Update: In pictures: Prince Philip in Shetland

April 9, 2021 | 4.00pm

We look back at two Royal visits the Duke of Edinburgh made to the isles in the 1960s, on the day Buckingham Palace announced his death at the age of 99.

The first four images are from the trip to the isles in 1969.

Watching Papa Stour sword dance in Gulberwick Hall.
Crowds on Esplanade before boarding the launch at Bressay Slip.
A walkabout on Lower Hillhead, Lerwick.
Arriving at the ‘new’ Lerwick library and museum on Lower Hillhead.


The Royal couple had also visited the isles in 1960.

With a pony in Baltasound, Unst.
Looking at sheep in Fraser Park, Scalloway.
Lerwick Provost shows Heddell’s Park.
The Queen and Prince Philip at the official opening of Sullom Voe Oil Terminal.

There will be no book of condolence at Lerwick town hall, due to current Coronavirus restrictions.

Anyone who wishes to leave a message of condolence can do so electronically at

All images courtesy of Dennis Coutts.


Lerwick Lifeboat shop to re-open

April 6, 2021 | 2.31pm

Another small step to normality takes place this Saturday as the Lerwick Lifeboat shop opens its doors to customers.

The Commercial Street shop will re- open on Saturday 10th April, between 10.30am and 4pm.

Ran by volunteers, with all profits helping to save lives at sea, the store will present a new selection of bric-a-brac, toys, books and RNLI souvenirs.

Covid-19 rules apply and only four customers will be allowed in at one time.


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