A good PR job missed (Robbie Leith)

After all the uproar and arguments about Mareel, I don’t understand why the powers concerned have missed out on a good PR job.

I will point out that I have been sold on the idea right from the start and still think it is what we have needed for so long.

Forget the old diehards who probably think that the Sound Hall was a waste of money as the old tin hut was good enough.

Unfortunately I probably won’t be in it unless you organise an “old codgers night” but I think of my kids and their kids.

But why, after all that’s been said, didn’t they organise a few open days where all the new staff could show everyone around and see what we got for our money. You won’t win them all but you might have opened a few eyes.

Robbie Leith
128 Sandveien,


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  • Ivor Smith

    • August 29th, 2012 9:25

    Totally agree Robbie, the organisation is an absolute disgrace. There has been no effort to let the public know what’s on. And as for the website development? What website? O that will be the forthcoming website…!
    I mean it’s not as if they haven’t had enough time to organize it or maybe we’re just expecting too much too soon……

    Ivor Smith

  • John Tulloch

    • August 29th, 2012 19:51

    Good idea, Robbie, doubtless, it will be picked up in due course.

    Ivor, I think it’s a mistake to blame the luvvies for the building problems, blame them instead in 6-12 months if they let the side down with the culture – that’s what they’re there for.

    Every prancing Lippizan was once a tottering foal!

  • Keith Davidson

    • August 29th, 2012 20:20

    Ivor & Robbie Shetland has long needed a place like the Mareel. People should be embracing it and getting behind it to make it the success Shetland people deserve. I remember walking the streets of Lerwick at the weekend when I was a teenager bored out of my skull, nothing to do and nowhere to go. There was the North Star Cinema but that closed. Only avenue left for us was to head to the pubs at 16 years old. The Mareel will be what the people of shetland make it. Come on enough downing the place, look on the positive side Shetland has a class leading cinema and music venue.

  • David Spence

    • August 31st, 2012 11:38

    I totally agree with Keith with regards to the long awaited venue like Mareel. A place where Shetland’s music can be developed, cultivated and grown to a greater audience than just within the islands. Shetland is famous and renowned across the world for it’s music, and yet, until now, this Council has invested very little. Many people in Shetland have mixed opinion’s on Mareel and it’s justification in these hard times and the Council going through a phase of slashing it’s budgets here and there, but many people do not realize that practically everything related to Shetland’s infrastructure is subsidised in one form or another. In saying this, and going off in a tangent, the Council should, if it needs to prioritise, mostly empty for the best part of the year, close the leisure centre’s and keep (which are of greater value to the community) the schools open.


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