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In brief for 25 January 2011

Coastguard campaign

SHETLAND coastguard were out on the streets of Lerwick on Tuesday gathering signatures to support the campaign to save the coastguard coordinating station at the Knab from government cuts.

As visitors from around the world gathered to witness the spectacle of Up Helly Aa, many signed up their support pushing the number of signatures over 5,000.

On Thursday Shetland MSP Tavish Scott will be joining the Scottish Parliament debate on the government’s coastguard closure plans, when he will call on fellow MSPs to call for the proposals to be withdrawn.