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More travel woe as Aberdeen airport suspends flights for four hours

August 15, 2022 | 4.00pm

All flights to and from Aberdeen airport were suspended for over four hours today (Monday), causing disruption to passengers.

The airport stopped all flights at around 11.30am, saying they needed to carry out “unscheduled maintenance work”.

It announced at around 3.50pm that flights had resumed.

Loganair said all of its flights to and from Aberdeen faced disruption as a result of the airport’s closure.

The airline said it had been in communication with affected passengers.

Aberdeen airport advised all passengers to contact their airline for more specific flight information.

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Free period products made available to all

August 15, 2022 | 11.21am

Free period products have been made available to anyone who needs them by the SIC.

The council and UHI Shetland have been providing them to pupils, students and the community through a small number of community venues for the past four years.

The SIC is now extending that to the wider community, for people to collect what they need.

Locations across the isles will stock the items with the Shetland Foodbank, leisure centres and health centres all taking part.

The Whalsay golf and boating clubs, Scalloway Museum and Burravoe shop will also provide the items.

A recent council survey found people were more likely to order period products online, with an online ordering service starting in the coming weeks.

You can find out more about the scheme here: https://www.shetland.gov.uk/community/access-free-period-products

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Power cut in North Mainland

August 15, 2022 | 10.08am

SSEN engineers are on site after a power cut was reported this morning (Monday) in the north. 

87 households in Brae and the surrounding areas are affected.

The outage was reported at 9am and SSE said the power should be restored for midday as engineers investigate the problem.

SSEN has apologised for the loss of power and reassured those in the area that power will return shortly. 

They said: “We would like to apologise to our customers who are experiencing a loss of power this morning, and thank them for their patience whilst our engineers work to restore power as quickly and as safely as possible.”

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Summer reading challenge keeps young bookworms enthralled

August 13, 2022 | 1.00pm

Shetland Library is celebrating the success of its latest summer reading challenge.

Young bookworms took on the challenge to read six books – or more – over the summer holidays.

Walls Show makes a comeback

August 13, 2022 | 9.42am

The country shows are making a welcome return, and today [Saturday] is the turn of the West Side to put on its long-awaited event.

The Walls Show is taking place from 12 noon, with a wide variety of exhibits and entertainments being promised.

It is the first time the event has been able to happen since 2019, before the pandemic struck.

And it follows the highly successful Cunningsburgh Show, which took place on Wednesday.

The Voe Show also took place last weekend, marking the beginning of the much-anticipated show season.

Among the exhibits today will be the very best in livestock, as well as crafts and baking.

Expect to see plenty of garden produce and flowers, too.

A Walls Show parade will take place this afternoon, with this year’s show princess and attendants.

Stock judging will be taking place, and commercial and charity stalls will be there.

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Clickimin: Emergency medivac carried out by coastguard

August 12, 2022 | 9.53am

The coastguard helicopter landed at Clickimin Leisure Complex this morning (Friday) at 9am after an emergency medivac. 

The alarm was raised at 6.15am from an offshore installation south-east of Shetland. 

The patient was flown to the Clickimin landing site and taken by a waiting ambulance to the Gilbert Bain Hospital in Lerwick. 

There has been no update on the condition of the patient.

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In this week’s Shetland Times

August 12, 2022 | 7.27am

In today’s (Friday, 12th August) edition of The Shetland Times:

  • Hauliers and seafood industry representatives left “extremely disappointed” by failures to find freight capacity solution.
  • EXCLUSIVE: Mother’s anger after her ill son is left in Aberdeen.
  • Robert Thomson wins in landslide victory in North Isles by-election.
  • EXCLUSIVE: Foodbank manager outraged by lack of support for Ukrainian families.
  • Critical talks called for over proposals for National Care Service as  “considerable concerns” raised. 
  • Memories of Bertie Black, family man and public servant, after his death at 89.
  • SPORT: Ness United win first league title in more than 50 years after nailbiter against Spurs.
  • AND Whalsay end seven-year trophy drought against Thistle in Sinclairs Taxi’s Fraser Cup.

 

Coastguard celebrates 200th anniversary

July 16, 2022 | 4.53pm

A celebration took place today (Saturday) to mark the 200th anniversary of the Coastguard service.

The event was held on board the NorthLink ferry Hrossey, providing a maritime link to the occasion.

Alex Dodge, the senior coastal operations officer in Shetland who has worked for the Coastguard over the last 21 years, said: “To be operating for 200 years is quite a milestone.

“We are an island surrounded by water and have relied on the services of the Coastguard from the start.

“Interestingly its first prime role was to stop smuggling and recruit for the Navy, but saving lives is the major reason for the service and over the years it has helped save many thousands of lives.

“This event is to celebrate that history, reflect on the past, including many rescues, and remember those who have lost and celebrate the successes.

“While the service has change, particularly with the advances in technology, the prime role remains the same – to save lives.”

SIC depute convener Bryan Peterson said: “The Coastguard has provided such an important service to a maritime community like Shetland for 200 years, so it is appropriate we celebrate their work.

“Our islands owe a huge debt of gratitude to all the staff and volunteers who have worked with the Coastguard in various capacities.”

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Fun run brings out competitive spirit

July 9, 2022 | 3.03pm

Competitors gathered for a fun-run Unst today [Saturday].

The 5k run was held ahead of UnstFest, which is due to get under way on Monday.

 

Isle of Vaila for sale – with a £1.75m price tag

June 17, 2022 | 2.50pm

The Isle of Vaila – with six-and-a-half miles of coastline and a 17th century mansion – has gone on the market for offers over 1.75million.

Vaila, on the west coast, is separated from mainland Shetland by the Vaila Sound, and is a short 10-minute boat journey from the island’s private shore base into a sheltered bay with a pier.

Selling agents Savills state that Vaila encompasses rugged cliffs, rocky outcrops, caves and pebble beaches.

To the north and east, Vaila overlooks the northern and central part of the Shetland mainland towards Muckle Roe and Lerwick.

On a clear day, there are uninterrupted views to the Fair Isle to the south and to Foula to the west.

Luke French, of Savills, said: “At the meeting point of the North Sea and the Atlantic Ocean, this is a wild and beautiful part of the world.

“The juxtaposition of the dramatic, elemental land and seascape with the exquisite craftsmanship of historic Vaila Hall makes for a quite extraordinary property.

“A rare prize indeed for the next owner but also one which benefits from practical forethought by the sellers with the shore base building providing ease of access and the farming enterprise, farmhouse and cottage creating a variety of opportunities.”

He adds: “This striking location, once home to Norwegian Viking chiefs, is the unlikely setting for a magnificent 17th century mansion house.

“Vaila Hall was developed from a laird’s house into a grand summer residence in the late 19th century and by the early 20th century, lavish house parties were being held there, with as many as 30 people listed as employed on the island in 1901.

The current owners bought the island in 1993 and since then the house has undergone an extensive and sympathetic restoration to provide a well-appointed and comfortable home.

“Highlights include a baronial great hall with massive stone fireplace, full height stained glass windows and a minstrels’ gallery, and a concealed entrance into the functional kitchen.”

Whale of a problem

June 15, 2022 | 8.42am

By Adrian Darbyshire

Inconsiderate parking by orca watchers is a Shetland-wide problem, community councillors heard.

This issue was raised at a meeting of the Association of Shetland Community Councils on Tuesday.

A paper presented by Alastair Cooper of Delting Community Council highlighted inconsiderate parking by groups whale watching, bird watching and loch fishing who blocked roads and lay-bys on single tracks lanes.

This, he said, was a Shetland-wide problem, and it required an island-wide solution. Orca chasers were said at the meeting to have made “twitchers look like well-behaved children”.

Delting Community Council has contacted Police Scotland and Shetland Island Council’s highways division about the problem parking.

At Tuesday’s meeting, Mark Burgess of Scalloway Community Council spoke of being caught up in the “madness of whale chasing” himself in the past and admitted: “We’ve all been there and all done it – blocked roads, parked where we should not, even gone across people’s gardens.”

He said the same thing happened with those hoping to catch a glimpse of the “mirrie dancers”.

Mr Burgess said it was quite a unique situation to the isles and suggested there should be a Shetland-specific countryside access code.

This could be made available to passengers on the NorthLink ferries, he said.

He also proposed that a responsible wildlife watching video should be produced.


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