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In brief for 20 April 2010

Family & Friends on board

ISLANDERS can again invite up to six family and fried households to benefit forma 30 per cent discount on NorthLink’s ferries to the northern isles.

The company said yesterday (Monday) that they were re-intruding the popular scheme for a 14 week period in May and June, and again as of 1 September.

Participation in the scheme is possible only via the NorthLink website and registration will be possible with immediate effect at www.northlinkferries.co.uk

The promotion, which applies to passengers and their cars but not cabins, will apply on all three NorthLink ferries between Aberdeen and the northern isles, excluding the Friday southbound and Sunday northbound services.

 

Ann Cleeves and Chris Stout at Shetland Library

CRIME writer Ann Cleeves will be back in Shetland next month to celebrate the launch of Blue Lightning, the last book in her bestselling Shetland quartet.

Shetland Library will host the evening event on 5 May when Ms Cleeves will be supported by acclaimed fiddler Christ Stout.

Proceeds from the evening are to go to the Vaila Harvey fund. Last year, Ms Cleeves supported the fund by auctioning the name of a character in her latest crime novel.

Tickets for the evening are £3 and will be available from Shetland Box Office from Friday, 23 April.

 

Grand opening for new textile museum

VHETLAND Textile Working Museum is celebrating their move to a temporary home at the Böd of Gremista in early May while a dedicated museum for the collection continues to be under development.

The museum’s new exhibition ‘New from Old (changes in fashion)’ will be open to the public as of 1 May.

The museum was moved to the Böd of Gremista to allow visitors coming to Shetland for this summer’s Hamefarin to see the collection and to explore the isles textile heritage.

Chairman of the trustees of the Shetland Textile Working Museum, Frank Robertson, said: “After four years, we are really looking forward to opening our collections to the public again and welcoming everyone to our temporary home for this celebratory weekend.”

 

Da Wastside Mile(s)

ALMOST 200 people turned out on Saturday to take part in the annual Wastside Mile (s), held in the village of Skeld.

More than £1,300 were raised for charity by those who completed either a one, three or seven mile circuit around Skeld and Reawick.

The money raised will be equally shared between two local charities, the Gilbert Bain Renal Unit and the Aberdeen Maternity Hospital Islands Accommodation (AMHIA).

One of the organisers, Sharon Deyell, said: “There was a great atmosphere, a real feeling of communities coming together from all over the place and not just the Wastside.”

Money can still be donated; for further information  contact Sharon Deyell on 01595 810 798.

 

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