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    Fire breaks out at Shetland church

    Originally published by and copyright of Aberdeen Press and Journal

    Fire breaks out at Shetland churchA Shetland church which is currently being refurbished has been damaged by smoke after a fire broke out this evening. Three fire crews were sent to St Margaret's Church, on Lerwick's St Olaf Street, just before 8pm after the blaze started on the ground ...

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    Britain's Got Talent scouts to search isles

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    The judging panel on the last series of ITV's Britain's Got Talent.SCOUTS Britain’s Got Talent will take their search for fresh flair to Shetland for the first time next week ahead of the popular ITV show's ninth series in 2015. The production team will be at Mareel’s Green Room between 10am and 2pm on Tuesday 28 October before heading to The Lounge Bar for an open mic session that evening. The scouts will also be going along to see what Shetland’s baton twirlers and gymnast have to offer in the afternoon.

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    Hairst redd up

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    Thumbs up from those who took part in a Hairst Redd Up at Walls on Saturday afternoon, from left: Yetti Biskit, Grant Gilfillan, Joy Allan, Freya Stout, Chris Cope, Marjolein Robertson and Jen Hadfield. Photo - Peter DuncanNINE PEOPLE took part in a Hairst Redd Up at a beach in the Dale of Walls on Saturday afternoon.  They cleaned up more than a dozen bags of assorted rubbish and plastic, along with bulkier items, from the Footabrough beach on a bright and breezy afternoon once the morning downpour receded.

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    Britain's Got Talent to hold auditions in Orkney, Shetland and Lewis for the ...

    Originally published by and copyright of Scotland Now

    Britain's Got Talent to hold auditions in Orkney, Shetland and Lewis for the ...BRITAIN'S Got Talent is set to hold auditions in Shetland, Orkney and the Isle of Lewis for the first time. Simon Cowell will take his search for a star to the Outer Hebrides and Orkney later this year. Bosses of the TV talent show believe that ...and more »

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    'Folk for James' concert

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    Six year old James Hawick.CHARITY concert entitled ‘Folk for James’, featuring Aly Bain and Phil Cunningham together with a host of local artists, is to take place at Clickimin next month. The leisure centre’s bowls hall will host the event, in aid of the Anthony Nolan Trust and the ARCHIE Foundation, on Wednesday 12 November.

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    First female manager

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    Scottish Sea Farms' first ever female site manager Kimberley Izdebski.SCOTTISH SEA Farms has appointed its first ever female site manager to its fish farm at Loura Voe in Nesting. Thirty one year old Kimberley Izdebksi, originally from Doncaster, has been with the company for over six years.

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    TMTCH: Fans enjoyed another memorable show

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    It didn’t take long for some eager fans to make their way to the dance floor - Photo: Chris BrownFIRST IT was the Clickimin in 1986 for the Shetland Rock Festival, a raucous gig so I'm told, followed by a return to the same venue 13 years later, and on Saturday night folk-punk rockers The Men They Couldn't Hang visited Shetland once more, putting on another memorable show for the couple of hundred ticket holders at Mareel.

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    Shetland fish auction volumes hit record high week

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    Shetland fish auction volumes hit record high weekWhile this volume is likely to have been exceeded from time to time in the past, before reliable statistics were available, most commentators on the local industry agree that Shetland has not seen landings on this scale for at least a quarter of a ...Shetland fish auction reports record whitefish volumes IntraFish.comall 2 news articles »

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    Call for communities to get 3G signal

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    Tavish Scott: 'broadband incredibly important to people in Shetland'.SHETLAND MSP Tavish Scott is calling on local communities to apply for a Vodafone programme that could bring 3G mobile broadband to a number of rural areas. Following the successful Rural Open Sure Signal trial, which includes a pilot scheme in Walls, the communications giant is now extending the initiative to 100 communities across the UK. Scott said the scheme did not offer a "complete solution" to the problem of patchy mobile coverage but was one step in the right direction to improve the situation for some communities.

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    Shetland woman to be recognised for decades spent rescuing marine wildlife

    Originally published by and copyright of Herald Scotland

    Shetland woman to be recognised for decades spent rescuing marine wildlifeShe could not find anyone in Shetland who knew how to look after a seal pup so she contacted a centre in Cornwall for advice and went on to set up her own sanctuary. Now a registered charity, the Hillswick Wildlife Sanctuary continues to look after ...and more »

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    Britain's Got Talent judges head to Orkney and Shetland to hold inaugural ...

    Originally published by and copyright of Scottish Daily Record

    Britain's Got Talent judges head to Orkney and Shetland to hold inaugural ...But the show will be inviting would-be stars to Aberdeen (October 27), Shetland (October 28), Orkney (October 29), Inverness (October 30) and Stornoway on Lewis (October 31 and November 1). Sophie Brown, casting researcher for BGT, said: “It is the ...

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    Shetland semi-final for Lewis and Harris

    Originally published by and copyright of Stornoway Gazette

    Shetland semi-final for Lewis and HarrisLewis and Harris FC will face Shetland for a place in the North Caledonian Cup final on Saturday, November 1. The two sides will meet in a semi-final showdown after Clachnacuddin's no-show handed Shetland a bye into the semi final. Lewis and Harris ...

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    Is Shetland the cheapest and loveliest place in the UK to build your own home?

    Originally published by and copyright of This is Money

    Is Shetland the cheapest and loveliest place in the UK to build your own home?Building your own home is a fact of life in Shetland. This northerly archipelago of more than a hundred islands is closer to the Arctic Circle than it is to London — and part of a growing trend for self-built homes. A poll commissioned by the National ...

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    Concern over air ambulance provision

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    The Bond operated Jigsaw helicopter - Photo: Kieran MurrayTHE AIR ambulance service from Shetland's more remote areas might be adversely affected by oil industry plans that could see the removal of the locally based Jigsaw search and rescue helicopter. BP is currently reviewing its offshore SAR service, with some newspapers already reporting that the service will be axed after 2016.

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    Record landings

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    The industry is delighted with record landings.A RECORD 10,665 boxes of whitefish with a value of almost £1 million were landed in Shetland this week. The previous record achieved by electronic auction was 9,435 boxes, set in the final week of trading in 2013.

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    Airport car park full

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    Sumburgh airport's main car park on Friday morning.THE OPERATORS of Sumburgh Airport are advising islanders not to use their own vehicle, as all the airport's car parking spaces are full. In an unusual move on Friday, airport manager Nigel Flaws said people connecting to flights out of Shetland should either use public transport or arrange for a lift to the airport.

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    Cumming delighted with London show

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    Kristi Cumming's painting SolarSHETLAND painter Kristi Cumming is one of only 15 UK artists to have been selected to show their work during a three-day exhibition in London, which opens on Friday. The 'OPEN' exhibition, starting on Friday, is at 5th Base Gallery in East London and is organised by internet marketplace Etsy, where Cumming hosts her own online shop.

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    Scott: commission should reverse 'centralisation'

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    Shetland MSP Tavish Scott.SHETLAND MSP Tavish Scott has called for “centralisation of powers” to Edinburgh to be reversed ahead of his first meeting with Lord Smith, who is chairing a commission on delivering more powers for the Scottish Parliament. The former Liberal Democrat leader was due to meet Lord Smith in Edinburgh on Thursday having been appointed as one of his party’s two representatives on the Smith Commission. It was set up after the Scottish people rejected independence by a margin of 55-45 in last month’s referendum. Scott said he wanted to see a “substantial package of new powers” to strengthen the parliament at Holyrood, along with seeing powers handed from Edinburgh to other parts of the country.

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    SNP branch up 450%

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    Nicola Sturgeon pictured with Highlands and Islands list MSP Mike Mackenzie during a visit to Shetland in August. Photo: ShetnewsTHE SNP’S membership in Shetland has increased by more than 450 per cent since the day after last month’s independence referendum, the local party says. Shetland branch convener Charlie Gallagher said the party now had a “revitalised” presence in the islands, which would assure leader-in-waiting Nicola Sturgeon of “another fantastic reception” when she next visits.

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    Teenager sentenced

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    A TEENAGER who has spent the past month in custody after assaulting his partner has been ordered to go and live in Aberdeen for six months. Eighteen year old Andrew Murray, of Sandveien, Lerwick, was placed under social work supervision for a year when he was sentenced at Lerwick Sheriff Court on Thursday. 

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