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In brief – 15 March, 2010

Lollie Graham tribute

A special evening to pay tribute to the life and work of the late Lollie Graham will be held by the Althing in the Tingwall School on Saturday 20 March starting at 7.30pm.

The main tribute will be given by Shetland archivist Brian Smith, while Jonathan Wills will speak about Lollie’s work as a teacher and Drew Ratter will speak about his crofting interests.

Some of Lollie’s poetry will be recited by Mary Blance and Laureen Johnson, there will be fiddle music provided by Ivor Smith and friends and Thelma Leslie and her friends will reflect on Lollie’s interest in drama.

In addition there will be recordings of Lollie reciting the Vagaland poems ‘Da Tree Isles’ and ‘Da Swan’s Gaet’.

Silver for sole chef

VIDLIN student Daniel Callieu has won a silver medal at the national catering industry exhibition Hotelympia.

After winning an internal college competition, Daniel competed against student chefs from across the country to prepare Sole Marguery in front of high-profile industry judges and numerous visitors to Hotelympia.

Chef lecturer Gordon Lang said: “The standard of the eleven entrants was extremely high so Daniel was up against stiff competition. He was professional throughout and we are all very proud of his achievement.”

The competition brief was to produce a ‘classical dish’ using flat fish. Daniel made fillets of poached sole with a white wine garnish, shrimps and mussels.


Coppers seek copper thieves

SHETLAND police are looking for witnesses after the theft of a quantity of scrap copper and lead from outside a private house in Hoswick sometime during the last two weeks.

Anyone with any information can contact the police on 01595 692110.


Salmon exports leap

More than 13 million fresh salmon were exported from Scotland last year worth £220 million, an increase of 24 per cent on 2008, according to Scottish Salmon Producers’ Organisation (SSPO).

The SSPO is confident of further growth with global demand strong, estimating the world’s has an appetite for an extra 190,000 tonnes of salmon this year – one and a half times the Scottish production.

SSPO chief executive Scott Landsburgh said: “Salmon is the largest food export from Scotland. It currently accounts for 55 per cent of the total value of food exports from Scotland, underpinning its increasing importance to the domestic economy.”