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    Day four and three more medals for Team Shetland

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    Day four of the island games and it is four medals for star swimmer Andrea Strachan and 16 for Team Shetland. Strachan won gold in the 100 metres breaststroke with 1.08.33. The Lerwick swimmer beat rival Kara Hanlon of the Western Isles who finished in 1.08.54. It was a PB for Strachan, a new Shetland […]

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    Andrea wins again... and hammer glory for Elaine

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    A proud moment for Elaine Park (left) as she receives her silver medal for the hammer throw. Photo courtesy of Shetland Island Games AssociationTOP SHETLAND swimmer Andrea Strachan has been racking up the medals again down in Jersey, breaking a games record to win gold in the 100m breaststroke and taking her overall medal tally this week to four. Meanwhile, in the track and field athlete Elaine Park has also done the isles proud by claiming silver in the hammer throw. Elaine was delighted after her 38.67 metre throw pipped the Isle of Wight’s Wallis Canning to second place on Wednesday evening.

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    New air ambulance to visit isles

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    A new air ambulance helicopter for the Scottish Ambulance Service will arrive on Sunday, giving locals the chance to talk to paramedics and pilots. The new H145 aircraft is one of two which come into service this month and the services says it is bigger and faster than the EC135 helicopters which have been in […]

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    Third Wicker Man movie set to be part-filmed in isles

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    Wicker Man director Robin Hardy.FILMING for the third part of the ‘Wicker Man’ movie series is set to take place in Shetland this winter. Director Robin Hardy, who oversaw the acclaimed 1973 original and its 2011 follow-up ‘The Wicker Tree’, is developing new flick ‘The Wrath of the Gods’.  The film’s plot will feature descendants of Viking warriors as they resent the creation of a Norse Saga-inspired theme park.

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    New ambulance chopper

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    health secretary Shona Robison tries out the new air ambulance helicopter - Photo: SASPEOPLE in Shetland will have the chance to inspect the Scottish Air Ambulance's new helicopter and speak to paramedics when the chopper tours local communities on Sunday. Two new Airbus H145s will replace the current EC135 helicopters later this month.

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    A rare glimpse of summer

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    Not a photo from this year! Meal beach on a warm summer's day in 2008 - Photo: ShetNewsAS THE rest of the UK basks on the hottest day of the year, Shetland is enjoying a rare day of sunshine during a summer that has proved to be a source of disappointment so far. Over the last couple of months the isles' climate has been a regular talking point among disgruntled locals who have been left peeved by chilly air and dull skies.

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    New chief social worker

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    Chief social worker Martha Nicolson.Shetland Islands Council's executive manger for children and families, Martha Nicolson, has been appointed the local authority's chief social worker. Nicolson, from Lerwick, has worked in Aberdeen and Orkney, before returning to Shetland in 1998.

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    Fond memories of stalwart accordionist Jim

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    Jim Halcrow was a staple of the traditional music scene for more than 60 years. He's pictured here at Clickimin during the Fiddle and Accordion Festival.WARM TRIBUTES have been paid to one of the true stalwarts of Shetland’s traditional music scene, Jim Halcrow, after he passed away recently at the age of 80. Born at Westshore, Scalloway in August 1934, Jim bought a second-hand accordion for £22 as a teenager and taught himself how to play. So began more than 60 years of playing tunes, culminating in the Scottish National Association of Accordion and Fiddle Clubs presenting him with an award for “a lifetime’s contribution to music” in 2012.

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    Award for connecting isles

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    SHETLAND Islands Council's ICT team have received a national award for creating a new network system in the isles. The service won a prize at the Holyrood Connect Awards in Glasgow as a result of their work in replacing the Pathfinder system, which provided the network connection to SIC properties outside of Lerwick.

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    New social work chief takes up post

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    The council’s new chief social worker, Martha Nicolson, has begun her new job. Mrs Nicolson is from Lerwick and worked in Aberdeen and Orkney before returning to the isles in 1998. Married with a grown up family, she originally trained as a children’s nurse then went on to qualify in social work. Mrs Nicolson will […]

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    Shetland footballers make semi-final after 5-0 win

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    The Shetland footballers are through to the semi-finals after trouncing the Falkland Islands 5-0. It was nine goals in two games for Bristow’s team as they continued their impressive form from the 4-1 win over Hitra. They face the Isle of Man tomorrow. Shane Jamieson was the hat trick hero this time out, scoring three […]

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    Team Shetland hits double figures in day three of the island games

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    Day three of the island games and it was another four medals for Team Shetland – with a special gold for Claire Wilson in the steeplechase. It was the first time Wilson had competed in the 3,000-metre event, and the Shetlander, who now lives in Jersey, clocked an impressive time of 11.16. Shetland are now […]

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    More medals and a handsome win for footballers

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    Thumbs-up from Claire Wilson after she struck gold in the steeplechase, while Emma Leask gets a hug from mother Janice after winning silver in the women's 400 metres. Photos: BBC Radio Shetland/Jane MoncrieffTUESDAY proved to be a hugely successful day for Team Shetland down in Jersey. Claire Wilson scooped a gold medal in the steeplechase, there were silvers for runner Emma Leask and swimmer Andrea Strachan, and a thumping 5-0 win over the Falklands took the men’s football side through to the semi-finals. Wilson, who now lives in Jersey, was only drafted in to compete in the 3000-metre steeplechase at short notice to ensure the event could take place.

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    Diver with the ‘bends’ airlifted to hospital

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    A diver was airlifted from Lerwick Harbour to hospital in Aberdeen this morning after suffering decompression sickness – the “bends”. The man was airlifted from the recreational dive boat Valkyrie which had working on the wreck of the Glenisla, a coal ship that sank after a collision in Breiwick in 1917. Coastguards were alerted that […]

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    Island move to protect fishing communities

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    The joint call to protect the island based fishing industry was made by the Shetland, Orkney and the Western Isles fisheries associations - Photo: Hans J Marter/ShetNews FISHING leaders in the three Scottish island communities of Shetland, Orkney and the Western Isles have joined forces in a bid to secure a future for their communities. They are seeking a meeting with transport and islands minister Derek Mackay to present recommendations they feel are crucial to the survival of the islands-based fishing industry.

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    Mareel gets ready for Ryder's nineties nostalgia

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    Black Grape's rapper Kermit and singer Shaun Ryder.A FAMOUS face will visit Shetland this weekend as legendary Manchester hellraiser Shaun Ryder performs in the isles with his reformed group Black Grape. The singer will play Mareel in Lerwick on Saturday night as part of a wider UK tour celebrating the 20th anniversary of the group’s debut album ‘It’s Great When You’re Straight…Yeah’.

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    Coming Soon: The Food Feed

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    New arts trustees

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    The new trustees, from left to right: Alex Fenton, Alan Skinner, David Ramsay.A TRIO of new trustees have been appointed to the Shetland Arts board – Alex Fenton, Alan Skinner and David Ramsay. Chairwoman Lorraine Hall said she was “delighted” that public advertising resulted in the successful applicants, who have “a wealth of experience in different areas and a true passion for the arts”, coming forward.

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    Three trustees join Shetland Arts

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    Shetland Arts has today announced the appointment of three new trustees to the board. The three men, Alex Fenton, Alan Skinner and David Ramsay, have varied backgrounds and bring a range of skills to the role. Board chairwoman Lorraine Hall said: “I am delighted that the public round of advertising for trustees brought forward three […]

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    First stage of Carmichael court challenge looms

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    Campaigners who have lodged a legal challenge against Shetland MP Alistair Carmichael have thanked the thousands of donors who pledged an average of about £15.50 each. The fund-raiser, to allow the legal case under the Representation of the People Act 1983, closed just before the news came that the first stage of the case, which […]

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