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Hylton prepares to bid farewell to Aith Lifeboat

Aith lifeboat coxswain Hylton Henry is preparing to step down from his role after years at the helm. Photo: Hans J Marter/Shetland NewsAITH Lifeboat coxswain Hylton Henry is set to wave goodbye to the RNLI when he retires from his role after nearly 40 years at the Westside station.

Hylton, who is thought to be one of the longest serving RNLI crew members in the UK, reaches the retirement age of 55 in May.

In-demand local rape crisis service expands

Shetland Rape Crisis' Linda Gray (pictured) is set to be joined by a new advocacy worker.THE LOCAL branch of Rape Crisis Scotland has recruited a much-needed second member of staff after receiving new funding from the Scottish Government.

The service, which is currently only staffed by Linda Gray, has received £38,000 to employ a part-time advocacy worker for two years.

Government invests in training programme to help isles' sexual assault victims

A TRAINING programme that will allow forensic medical examinations for victims of sexual crimes to take place in Shetland is underway after the Scottish Government granted £76,000 of funding to the pilot project.

The news was confirmed on Thursday afternoon when justice secretary Michael Matheson visited the isles to meet with NHS Shetland, the local Rape Crisis team and members of the Shetland Domestic Abuse Partnership.

Greencroft couple furious at Alexander McQueen's unethical use of their product

Luke and Kate Holt with two of their distinctive crofthouse planters in Quarff this week. Photo: Shetland News/Neil Riddell.GLOBAL fashion label Alexander McQueen has been accused of ripping off a tiny family-run craft business by prominently displaying an image of one of its products on a catwalk runway without giving them any credit.

 Couple Luke and Kate Holt, who run Quarff-based firm Greencroft Shetland Ltd and produce a popular series of replica crofthouse-style planters, said they were “really, really angry” when they found out.

SSEN confident jobs will be retained once subsea cable replaces Lerwick Power Station

From eft to right - National Grid Shetland Link project director Daniel Angel, Ofgem head of electricity distribution Grant McEachran, Ofgem head of Scotland Kersti Berge, and SSE lead project manager Dan Pearson. Photo: Shetland News/Chris Cope.CONCERNS over potential job losses from replacing Lerwick Power Station with a subsea cable to the Scottish mainland have been played down by those behind the proposal, who predict that employment levels will be “reasonably comparable” to existing levels.

Shetland MSP Tavish Scott previously suggested that 25 people could lose their jobs with power station operator Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) once the building reaches the end of its life in 2020.

Loganair signs codeshare with British Airways

Loganair has signed a new codeshare with British Airways as it prepares to officially sever ties with Flybe on 1 September.LOGANAIR has announced that it has struck a new codeshare agreement with British Airways to enable islanders to book directly onto services going through three major London airports.

The agreement, which comes into effect on 1 September when Loganair’s existing tie-up with Flybe ends, allows customers to book services through BA’s network at Heathrow, Gatwick and London City, which serves over 200 destinations.

Scientists discover 'Shetland’s monkeyflower'

Shetland's monkeyflower is larger than the typical monkeyflower and its flowers are more open. Photos: University of StirlingA NEW type of monkeyflower has been found in a Shetland ditch by researchers from the University of Stirling.

The new plant is a descendant of a non-native species, the yellow monkeyflower (Mimulus guttatus), which colonised the United Kingdom in Victorian times.

Mixed views on Brexit among fish processors

Pelagia Shetland's factory. Its Norway-based chief executive Egil Magne Haugstad is confident Brexit won't pose an issue - but not everyone in the local industry agrees. Photo: Shetland News/Hans J. MarterSHETLAND’S fish-catching industry may have been among the most vocal cheerleaders for Brexit – but even if escaping the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) does herald a rosier future for the local fleet, there are those who believe it could pose difficulties for fish processors in the islands.

A recent Office for National Statistics survey indicated that around 37 per cent of workers in the seafood processing sector across the UK were EU nationals.

Refugee group seeks donation of foodstuffs

Syrian refugees fleeing to safety in the Mediterranean. Photo by Freedom House with Creative Commons approval.THE SHETLAND Solidarity with Refugees group has renewed its appeal for donations amid a “drastic” food shortage faced by those seeking sanctuary in Western Europe.

Donations can be taken to Brevik House on Lerwick’s South Road on Wednesday and Friday this week between 12.30pm-2.30pm and 5pm-6.30pm – with a particular need for non-perishable food items including rice, beans, tinned fruit and vegetables, dried fruit and protein bars.

Video: Shetland Boat Week

THE FINAL weekend of Shetland Boat Week was blessed with some fine weather - apart from on Saturday when dark clouds gathered and the heavens opened over Lerwick just in time for the sea parade.

Meeting called as Hilltop future looks bleak

Mid Yell's Hilltop bar could become a shop only.YELL's Hilltop Bar is set to close by the end of August if no one within the local community or beyond comes forward with a viable solution for the ailing pub.

A public meeting will be held at the Mid Yell Hall at 7.30pm on Wednesday as owners Steven and Sharn Swan gather thoughts on the future of the bar, with a community takeover or private sale or lease some of the options mooted.

Locally procured but not locally produced

SLMG chairman Ronnie Eunson addressing the resilience review meeting at the marts on Thursday. Photo: Shetland NewsTHE COMPLEXITIES and limitations of buying local came to light during a robust discussion at the Lerwick mart on Thursday afternoon.

Around 30 crofters and farmers, butchers, wholesalers, politicians and representatives from the local authority attended following an invitation from Shetland Livestock Marketing Group (SLMG) and Shetland Abattoir Co-operative to discuss its resilience review.

SIC secures funding for Yell energy study

Every property in Yell is set to be involved in the study. Photo: Shetland NewsSHETLAND Islands Council has been given £133,000 from the Scottish Government to develop an energy efficiency strategy in Yell.

The money will also be used to explore how the energy supply to properties on the island, which has above average levels of fuel poverty, could become more sustainable.

Drilling rig arrives for decommissioning

The Buchan Alpha oil installation was towed into Dales Voe on Saturday as owners Repsol Sinopec handed over the 12,000 tonne vessel to Veolia for decommissioning. It could take up to three weeks before the Buchan Alpha is being moved alongside the new quay. Photo: Hans J Marter/Shetland News DECOMMISSIONING of oil installations has finally arrived as a new industry for Shetland after the Buchan Alpha oil production vessel was towed to the northeast of Lerwick Harbour on Thursday morning.

The Buchan Alpha is set to be dismantled by a consortium of environmental solutions company Veolia and logistics firm Peterson at the new Dales Voe facility, creating up to 35 new jobs locally in the process.

Farmers urge council to buy local food

Thursday's meeting will be held at the marts at Staneyhill. Photo: Shetland NewsTHE LOCAL farming community has received backing from politicians and national industry leaders in its campaign to encourage Shetland Islands Council and NHS Shetland to procure more local produce.

Shetland Livestock Marketing Group (SLMG) and the Shetland Abattoir Co-operative have produced a resilience review and are hosting a meeting on Thursday afternoon to discuss the threats and opportunities the local industry is facing.

Uncertainty over Brexit is talk of the trade among crofters & farmers at Cunningsburgh

NFU vice president Gary Mitchell at the Cunningsburgh Show on Wednesday. Photo: Shetland News/Chris Cope.THE UNCERTAINTY surrounding Brexit and agriculture was evident on Wednesday as local farmers and crofters showed off their livestock and produce at the Cunningsburgh Show.

The event was attended by NFU Scotland vice president Gary Mitchell, who praised the spirit of Shetland farmers and crofters in the face of the UK’s impending withdrawal from the European Union and the effect it could have on trade deals and subsidies.

Boat week organisers hope for some wind

OGRANISERS of the Shetland Boat Week said they have had a great response so far to this year's events but could do with a little more wind to be able to set sail.

Now in its second year, the week-long festival features almost 60 different events celebrating all aspects of Shetland's maritime heritage.

Strong set of exam results for isles pupils

Joanne Tait from Sandwick is off to Glasgow after the summer having achieved three advanced higher As in her exams. Photo: Shetland News/Neil Riddell.SHETLAND’s secondary school pupils have performed well in this year’s exams as they started to receive their results on Tuesday.

A total of 580 pupils will receive their results via post, text or email.

One pupil with a big reason to celebrate on Tuesday morning was Anderson High School’s Joanne Tait, who achieved three advanced higher As and an A in higher engineering science.

Bikers raise thousands for charity

AT LEAST £8,500 has been raised for two local charities after around 170 bikers took to the road on Sunday afternoon for a well-attended parade through Lerwick.

The first Shetland Motorcyclists for Charity parade was the idea of family trio Robert, Lewie and Ashlea Tulloch in a bid to promote a positive image of the local motorcycling community, while at the same time raising funds for two valued local charities, Disability Shetland and Macmillan Cancer Support.

New Lerwick fish market funding boost

Plans to build a new fish market next to Mair's Pier has received a European funding boost. Photo: LPATHE PROPOSED new Lerwick fish market has received a funding boost to the tune of over £1.5 million.

Lerwick Port Authority has secured £1.18 million from the EU's European and Maritime Fisheries Fund (EMFF) for the project, while the Scottish Government has pledged almost £400,000.

Concern as police control room set to close

SHETLAND MSP Tavish Scott has attacked the Scottish Government's "obsession with centralisation" after Police Scotland confirmed its Inverness control room is set to close in the coming months.

Chief constable Phil Gormley said there would be "improved service" as the control room service makes its long anticipated move to Dundee.

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