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Tributes for former headteacher

Ian Perry performing at Lerwick's Garrison Square. Photo: Davie GardnerTRIBUTES have been paid to a former Shetland headteacher and musician who died in a motorbike crash in England at the weekend.

Ian Perry, who worked in primary schools such as Mossbank and Olnafirth, was involved in an accident near Mansfield on Sunday.

The 48 year old, also a bassist and vocalist for local band The Bluemelts, left Shetland at the end of last year to take up a post at Sherwood Junior High School in Mansfield.

Diner and pizzeria to open in Yell

A NEW restaurant and pizzeria is set to open in the North Isles next week as part of a redevelopment of Yell's old junior high school.

L J's Diner and Pizzeria will open its doors to the public on Monday following a preview event on Sunday.

The venture is the first stage in a redevelopment of the old Mid Yell junior high school, with a ten-bedroom hotel due to follow.

Tavish questions NHS patient travel budget

Shetland MSP Tavish Scott.SHETLAND MSP Tavish Scott has called on the Scottish Government to give more support to the local NHS board after it confirmed plans to reduce its budget for patient travel.

The Liberal Democrat said the government needs to ensure that NHS Shetland is "adequately funded" to allow for patients to take flights to Aberdeen, if necessary, instead of being "forced" to travel via ferry.

NHS Shetland chief executive Ralph Roberts confirmed that the health board is looking to save around half a million pounds in its patient travel budget.

Islands bill in parliament's first year, says SNP

Islands minister Humza Yousaf on a visit to Shetland earlier this month. Photo: Shetnews/Hans J MarterLEGISLATION that will “empower” Scotland’s island communities is to be brought forward in the next 12 months, islands minister Humza Yousaf has announced.

Speaking on a visit to the Western Isles on Tuesday, Yousaf said island communities made a “significant contribution” to Scotland both economically and culturally.

It comes in the wake of lobbying by Shetland, Orkney and the Western Isles through their Our Islands Our Future campaign over the past three years.

New funding boost for befriending scheme

Shetland Befriending Scheme coordinator Lynn Tulloch.THE SHETLAND Befriending Scheme has reacted with delight after being awarded a £15,000 grant from the Robertson Trust to support its service to islanders over the age of 60.

The 60+ section of the befriending scheme aims to support older members of the community on a one-to-one basis, using trained volunteer befrienders to reduce feelings of isolation and encourage individuals to remain as independent as possible, enjoy increased social connections and contact within their community.

Volunteers flock to help strandings scheme

Nick Davison (left) and Andrew Brownlow of the Scottish Marine Strandings Scheme during their two day visit to Shetland this week.AROUND 25 environmental enthusiasts from around Shetland have signed up as citizen scientists to help monitor the health of the ocean after two days of workshops run by the Scottish Marine Animal Stranding Scheme (SMASS).

Andrew Brownlow and Nick Davison, who travelled north to run the workshops at Hillswick Wildlife Sanctuary, said they were delighted with the response from islanders.

SMASS is keen to develop a large network of volunteers around Scotland to help them monitor and examine stranded whales, dolphins, seals, basking sharks and turtles.

Lynsey's off to Hawaii for Ironman following a strong showing in Copenhagen sunshine

A delighted Lynsey Henderson following the near-11 hour Ironman in Copenhagen.ONE OF Shetland's leading athletes is bound for Hawaii after completing the mammoth Ironman event in Copenhagen at the weekend.

Lynsey Henderson, from Lerwick, conquered the course – consisting of a 3.8km swim, 180km cycle and 42.4km run – on Sunday and was “super chuffed” with her time of 10 hours 43 minutes.

The faster-than-expected time also resulted in Lynsey being offered a place at the Ironman World Championship, to be staged in Kailua-Kona in Hawaii on 8 October this year.

Hundreds brave rain for Mind Your Head run

With 465 competitors taking part, there was an inevitable bottleneck at the gate. Photo: Dale SmithTORRENTS of rain did not deter nearly 500 people from taking part in an annual charity run to raise awareness of mental health in the islands at the weekend.

The eleventh Mind Your Head Fun Run and Walk at Cunningsburgh took place on a dreich summer Sunday afternoon, with 282 pre-registered participants joined by a further 183 registering on the day to give a total of 465.

Digital forum hears lack of broadband and mobile access is 'killing' remote communities

Robert Thorburn of BT addressing the digital forum meeting in Skeld on Saturday, as O2's Paul James and HIE's Stuart Robertson look on.FOR YEARS islanders have been protesting over a lack of high-speed broadband and patchy mobile phone coverage. Neil Riddell went along to Saturday's Northern Isles digital forum meeting in Skeld Hall to hear of a mixed picture - 4G is on its way for those who already have phone signal, but achieving "superfast" broadband access for all by 2021 is going to prove highly challenging in remote parts of Shetland.

In-demand food bank opens new premises

The Trussell Trust's Jim Robertson (left) and Ewan Gurr (right) pictured with David Grieve and Angela Nunn. Photo: Chris Cope/ShetnewsSHETLAND’s food bank formally opened its new premises on Lerwick’s St Magnus Street on Friday afternoon with demand for the service remaining high.

The bank, formerly located at the Salvation Army building on the town’s Commercial Road, now falls under the umbrella of national organisation the Trussell Trust.

Danus Skene dies following surgery

Danus SkeneDANUS Skene, the SNP candidate for Shetland who narrowly lost against Alistair Carmichael in last year's general election, has passed away.

The 72 year old died in the early hours of Friday morning after undergoing surgery in London, the local party branch has confirmed.

Local party convenor Robbie McGregor paid tribute to Skene saying he was deeply sorry that he and the SNP had lost a good friend and servant.

"Our thoughts at this time are with his family to whom we extend our deepest sympathy."

Ragnar premieres at Screenplay festival

A SHORT film described as a "dark comedy steeped in Viking lore" will be one of the main homegrown attractions at this year's Screenplay festival.

Ragnar, the first movie produced by the Shetland Film Collective, will be shown at Mareel on 27 and 31 August.

Life changing initiative for the elderly

Digital technology to gain extra independence - Photo: RemoAgeA NEW initiative that aims to make elderly people more connected with care services and their community through the use of digital technology is being trialled in the North Isles.

The RemoAge project will take place in Yell, Unst and Fetlar for the next 18 months after already being introduced in the Western Isles, as well as Sweden and Norway.

Spiggie Hotel to cease trading in autumn

The Spiggie Hotel is set to shut in mid October.A POPULAR hotel and restaurant that has been part of the fabric of Shetland’s South Mainland for over a century is set to close down this autumn as its owner is retiring and has been unable to find someone to take the business on.

The Spiggie Hotel’s owner Keith Massey has confirmed that the hotel will cease to trade on 16 October – two months from now – as part of his retirement plans.

'Religious' man is jailed for child cruelty

A FIFTY year old man from Brae who mistreated several children by regularly forcing them to stand for five to six hours as they were made to “recite religious tracts” has been jailed for seven months.

The man – who Shetland News is not naming in order to protect the children’s identity – appeared from custody at Lerwick Sheriff Court on Wednesday after previously pleading guilty to neglecting the children on various occasions between 1 January 2004 and 30 January 2015 at two addresses in Shetland.

He admitted causing them unnecessary suffering or injury to their health by making them sit or stand at a table for a number of hours at a time without being fed, including during the early hours of the morning.

Two years behind bars for heroin supplier

A MAN who was concerned in the supply of heroin worth nearly £7,000 in Shetland has been sent to prison for two years.

Peter Henderson, of Grampian Prison, brought the class A drug into the islands by concealing packages in his body and travelling on the NorthLink ferry from Aberdeen, which arrived in Lerwick on 8 April.

Appearing from custody at Lerwick Sheriff Court on Wednesday, the 35 year old also admitted supplying heroin at Lerwick’s Ladies Drive and elsewhere on 13 May. Both offences were committed while he was on bail.

Bambeenies organises first ever baby show

Jenny Teale of Bambeenies, pictured with young Jayden Wishart, is organising Shetland's first ever baby show later this month.CLICKIMIN will host Shetland’s first ever Baby and Children Show and Awards later this month.

Set up by local children’s group Bambeenies, the two-day event will see services and business across the islands come together to showcase what they have on offer for parents and children in Shetland.

New group wants allotments for Lerwick

The new group envisages creating allotments in Lerwick similar to a scheme already up and running in Sandwick. Photo: Steven ChristieA NEW group aiming to create community allotments in Lerwick has been launched.

A number of locals have come together as they believe there is land available in the town that could be used for sustainable gardening.

All smiles for prize-winning sea cadet Ross

Ross Sinclair receiving his award from Captain George Sutherland.NAFC Marine Centre merchant navy cadet Ross Sinclair has received the Nautical Institute Prize, which is awarded annually to a first-year deck cadet for showing “excellent endeavour and achievement”.

Ross had missed out on receiving his award at the NAFC’s prize-giving ceremony in May as he was leaving China en-route for the Philippines on board the Falmouth Bay, a bulk carrier in the K-Line fleet.

Inaugural boat week deemed a success

Brian Wishart and Gibbie Fraser at Hay's Dock during the inaugural Shetland Boat Week. Photo courtesy of Shetland Amenity Trust.ORGANISERS of the first Shetland Boat Week have hailed the festival a success after hundreds of people attended the various events and activities last week.

Despite poor weather at the beginning of the week forcing the cancellation of several planned boat trips, all indoor events went ahead with good attendances at tours, lectures, demonstrations, family activities and music sessions.

Generous donation for wildlife sanctuary

SHETLAND-based wildlife volunteers have received a £5,000 donation from a global animal welfare organisation to buy a much-needed quad with trailer to transport seals, otters and other marine mammals in trouble.

Hillswick Wildlife Sanctuary has been looking after sick, injured and abandoned seals and otters for almost 30 years.

Become a Shetland News supporter

THE TEAM behind Shetland News is appealing to its many readers to show their support for the popular online news service.

Shetland News is today (Monday) launching an ambitious Become a Supporter scheme as part of its strategy to further improve the quality of its local news coverage.

The website, which until now has been entirely financed through local advertising, is asking its readers to consider making a small regular voluntary contribution towards the running cost of

North Isles to get police officer back

Chief inspector Lindsay Tulloch.THE NORTH Isles of Shetland are set to have a resident police presence for the first time in a number of years after the appointment of an officer to Yell.

The constable will take up the role in October and he will cover Yell, Unst and Fetlar, as well as Whalsay.

Chief inspector Lindsay Tulloch revealed the news at Shetland Islands Council's community safety and resilience board meeting on Thursday afternoon in Lerwick.

Shetland Boat Week here to stay

THE INAUGURAL Shetland Boat Week enjoyed a successful opening five days, despite the weather trying its best to put a dampener on the outdoor events.

All of the boat trips scheduled for Monday were cancelled due to high winds, but visitor numbers have remained healthy.

Boy's charity quest to visit 2,300 fire stations

Andrew Dane meeting the fire crew at Sumburgh Airport on his visit to Shetland.A TEN year old boy from Portsmouth is currently in Shetland as he continues his quest to visit every fire station in the UK and Ireland while raising money for charity.

Andrew Dane, who has autism, first developed a fascination with the fire service a couple of years ago. On Wednesday the schoolboy visited fire station No.831 at Sumburgh following trips to various isles stations including Whalsay and Sandwick.