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In brief for 16 February 2011

Mumford play Shetland

TOP British band Mumford and Sons are coming to Shetland next month as part of a tour through the highlands and islands, hot on the heels of winning a Brit award for the best British album for ‘Sigh No More’.

The band will play in the Whiteness and Weisdale public hall on Wednesday 9 March.

Tickets are priced at £20 and will go on sale at 10am on Saturday (19 February) from High Level Music, in Lerwick. Tickets are limited to two per person and are only available in person. There will be no telephone or web tickets available.

Pharmacy plea

SHETLAND MSP Tavish Scott is asking the Scottish minister for public health Shona Robison to halt the consideration of the two applications to open dispensing pharmacies in Scalloway to allow for an independent review of the handling of these applications to take place.

There is widespread concern in Shetland that the application by the Scalloway GPs to run a pharmacy will not be considered along with an earlier application by private firm Norsepharm.

In a letter to Ms Robison the MSP said that the process needed to be halted so NHS procedures could be questioned.

He said: “The fact is that to consider the applications sequentially rather than together flies in the face of the clearly expressed wishes of the local community.

“Unless the Norsepharm application is rejected, the application by the GPs, which has the full backing of the community, will fall. That would make no sense at all and would rightly anger the community. That is why the process must be halted while the handling of it is reviewed.”

Lighthouse holidays

SHETLAND Amenity Trust’s lighthouse self catering business has just launched its new website, which allows visitors to book online at www.shetlandlighthouse.com

Shetland Lighthouse Holidays offer holiday accommodation at Bressay Lighthouse and Eshaness Lighthouse. In November this year the company will add Sumburgh Lighthouse to its portfolio.

The trust’s marketing officer Emma Miller said: “More and more people are now booking their holidays online and I’m really pleased that we are able to offer our customers this service. 

“Many people are looking for something a little bit different when booking a holiday, and what could be better than staying at one of the famous Stevenson lighthouses?”

Films on demand

AS THE northern isles lifeline service between Aberdeen and Shetland gets back to normal following the weather related disruptions earlier this week, NorthLink is introducing movies on demand in the premium, executive and upgraded inner 4-berth cabins.

The complimentary service available in the 21 designated cabins on board the Hrossey and Hjaltland will enable passengers to choose from a regularly updated catalogue of 24 recently released and classic movies.

“All of the TV sets have been upgraded to flat, wide-screen to accommodate the new movie input.  In addition passengers will shortly also be able to access ship and local interest information from the TV. 

“The Premium, Executive and Inner 4-berth cabins with TV also benefit from having internet access, local newspapers, bottled water and larger more luxurious towels,” the company’s senior manager vessel support services, Peter Hutchinson said.

SNH jumps on board

THE GOVERNMENT’S environment agency Scottish Natural Heritage has become the latest sponsor to lend its support to The Tall Ships Races 2011 visit to Lerwick, in July this year.

Some 50 ships have already signed up to take part, among them the Cisne Branco a naval ship which will be sailing all the way from Brazil, as well as the STS Mir from Russia, one of the world’s largest tall ships.

SNH area manager John Uttley said:  “Shetland is surrounded by a fantastic range of sea life which attracts visitors and makes the islands a great place to live. This iconic event is a great chance to showcase the Shetland and Scottish marine environments.”

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