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In brief for 13 April


POLICE are hunting those responsible for spray painting the electrical sub station run by Scottish & Southern Energy in Mossbank between midday on Wednesday 6 April and 10.30am on Monday 11 April.

Any information will be gladly received by Lerwick police station on 01595 692110.


Summer Up Helly Aa

A SUMMER fire festival in Scalloway is one of the treats in store for the masted vessels that drop into any of the four Shetland ports in the Cruise in Company leg of this year’s Tall Ships Race.

The ports of Scalloway, Cullivoe, Baltasound and Fair Isle have secured a total of £24,000 from the Scottish Islands project for the events they are putting on for ships on their way to Lerwick from Greenock between 12 and 21 July.

While Scalloway re-enacts its winter fire festival complete with galley burning, Fair Isle will bring to life the tradition of bartering knitwear for goods on board the ships, while the two north isle ports will stage musical extravaganzas.


Census alert

PEOPLE completing their census online have been warned they have until Wednesday 20 April to fill in the questionnaire.

Registrar general Duncan Macniven said: “Census takers are already visiting anyone who has yet to send back their questionnaires to offer help and make sure everyone is counted. Anyone who refuses to take part may then be visited by a member of the census non-compliance team which will work across Scotland, because completing and returning the questionnaire is required by law. Anyone failing to do so could face a fine of up to £1,000.

“We will continue to accept paper questionnaires after 20 April and we’re grateful to everyone across Orkney and Shetland who’s already taken the time to help shape Scotland’s future by completing their questionnaire.”

The questionnaire can be found at www.scotlandscensus.gov.uk 


Building bridges

A BUNCH of teenagers from eight local schools will challenge each other to build the best bridge during a construction competition at Shetland College on Thursday.

The second year pupils aged 13 and 14 will work in teams of four designing and building a 1.1 metre wooden bridge under the guidance of the Shetland Construction Training Group.

Their bridges will be tested to breaking point and prizes will be awarded for the best bridge design, the best team work, and the bridge able to carry the maximum load for the cheapest cost.