Ryan and Lesley Thomson, from Wadbister, are set to take over Tagon Stores in Voe next month once the paperwork has been finalised.
UK EXPORTS of mackerel, Shetland’s most valuable species, have risen by 44 per cent (almost £30 million), despite the imposition of an import ban by Russia in response to sanctions over Ukraine last August. Exports to Nigeria and China have seen substantial growth.
The company said the man was transferred to Lerwick’s Gilbert Bain Hospital on Wednesday morning after becoming unwell on site and was then flown to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary later that day where he died.
Minister at the Bigton kirk, the Reverend Charles Greig praised former councillor and kirk elder Willie Tait, saying he was the driving force behind the project.
Thirty two year old Steven Henderson, who lives in Hoswick, says he will be “fulfilling a life long ambition, but above all I will be doing it in memory of my dad and grandmother who sadly passed away with heart conditions in 2014”.
Scattergun A-lister Ross Noble took his peculiar take on the world to Lerwick in September, whilst Irishman Dylan Moran, wine in hand, brought wistful wit to the same Mareel stage earlier this month.
On Monday the health board will introduce a new advanced nurse practicioner service at the busy South Road practice.
Five advanced nurses will see all patients who require to be seen on the day for acute problems and minor illnesses and ailments.
The Edradour and Glenlivet gas fields, owned by French oil and gas giant Total (80 per cent) and Danish state company DONG (20 per cent), will be connected to the new Laggan-Tormore infrastructure.
SHETLAND Islands Council’s deputy leader Billy Fox has called for Shetland Charitable Trust to hold a debate on the status of Viking Energy’s wind farm plans and not “set themselves aside” from the public.
His call comes a week after a written request from anti-Viking group Sustainable Shetland for the SIC to debate the wider implications on the community was rebuffed by council leader Gary Robinson.
Fox, who chaired Sustainable Shetland for a number of years before he became a councillor, said the public deserved to know whether the project is likely to be commercially viable.
THERE IS a faded slogan on a bridge in the tiny village of Walls on Shetland’s west side reading “Vote Liberal”. It dates back to the time of late Liberal leader Jo Grimond, and vote for him Shetlanders and Orcadians did, in droves.
In the ensuing decades they have continued voting for his successors too – without fail returning Liberals to Westminster and, since 1999, Holyrood. The Northern Isles has been painted orangey-yellow on the political map since the early 1950s.
The 13 to 18 year old 'young Europeans on the edge of Europe' from Latvia, Turkey, Sardinia and Norway and are guests of Brae High School.
“I think it’s time for Shetland Arts to take a breath,” its new director Graeme Howell says as he leans back in a harbour-side office at Mareel, exhaling a cloud of blueberry and mint-flavoured steam from the vapour pipe he took up a year ago to replace smoking tobacco.
The islands’ arts agency could use a breather after an exhausting few years winning the battle to build and keep hold of the £13.5 million cinema and music venue.
After reading about the work that Marie Manson is doing for the charity in Shetland, the group of first-time mothers felt compelled to help, having all had positive experiences with the NHS's local maternity services.
EDINBURGH-based musician Jack Sandison is, of course, no stranger to Shetland audiences, writes Chris Cope. The expat learned his trade in the isles’ sweat-and-booze stained halls as a teen in the punked-up progeny Death By Monkeys and rockers Jezebel.
Since setting sail for university in the mid 2000s, it seems Sandison has eschewed the rambunctiousness, become best pals with the acoustic guitar and matured into something of a rockin’ and rollin’ troubadour.
The final fire festival of the winter started with a rare solar eclipse and ended on the spring equinox, when night and day are in perfect balance.
SHETLAND was briefly plunged into semi darkness on Friday when the solar eclipse reached its maximum of 97 per cent.
Despite the dull and misty conditions earlier on, fortune smiled when the moon almost completely blocked out the sun at 9.43am.
The event was hosted by Voluntary Action Shetland (VAS) and saw a record-breaking 163 young volunteers receive a total of 435 certificates ranging from 10 hours to 500 hours for the volunteering they had carried out with 64 different local groups, voluntary organisations and schools.
More than 360 people boarded the vessel to enjoy teas, coffee and homebakes, along with the opportunity to buy RNLI souvenirs and books.
Paige Buggy, Jenny Irvine, Ceileidh Mercer and Karrie Odie all attended the Inspiring Young Women conference at the Scottish Parliament on Monday.
The lottery money will help the housing association to continue with its Hub Project, run and funded in conjunction with Shetland Islands Council’s children’s services and housing departments.
Managing director Ritchie Simpson said earning opportunities for fishing boats have stabilised with plenty of fish in the sea.
In a memorable 100-metre breaststroke para sport finale in summer last year the then 13-year old from Skeld became the Commonwealth Games' youngest ever medalist.
NORTHERN isles SNP candidate Danus Skene has taken a swipe at local MP Alistair Carmichael after his speech to the Liberal Democrat conference on Friday.
Skene was reacting to Carmichael’s comments that the LibDems’ coalition partners in government wanted to create “a right-wing, dogmatic, self-centred, ideologically-driven…dystopia”.
Catherine Hannah and Kaylee Mouat won the award on Friday night, and thanked local politicians and SIC youth services workers for their support.
Could face jail
TWO young Shetland men have admitted knocking a man unconscious to the ground in Lerwick’s Commercial Street and continuing to punch him to his injury.
At Lerwick Sheriff Court on Thursday 20 year old Geordan Sales, of 18 Kalliness, Weisdale, and 16 year old Thomas Drever, of 27 Cheyne Crescent, Lerwick, both admitted assaulting the man on 14 September last year.