RADIO Shetland is gearing up for its biggest charity fundraiser of the year, the BBC Children In Need appeal.
Falling on Friday the 13th this year, the Pitt Lane team are keeping their fingers crossed that any gremlins in the studio can be kept at bay.
After more than £25,000 was raised by listeners in Shetland last year, around £41,000 was given to three Shetland charities during 2015.
The seven hour long live programme kicks off at 6.10pm with Give Us A Tune when some of the Scalloway primary school bairns will read out listeners’ dedications and share their music.
Then at 7pm bidding starts for the 90 items donated by local people and businesses.
These include a weekend in Aberdeen courtesy of BP, a return trip for four on board a NorthLink ferry and a pre-Christmas lunch for up to ten people at the Scalloway Hotel.
The complete list of items for auction can be found further down this article, and photos are available at www.facebook.com/bbcradioshetland
Radio Shetland will be broadcasting live music through until 1am.
Guests include Shetland’s Young Fiddler of the Year Bryden Priest, Clinkin Fiddles, acoustic country bluegrass band Kansa, the Sheila Henderson Band, The Revellers and many more.
Senior producer John Johnston said: “It’s amazing the amount of money the appeal raises every year.
“On behalf of all the staff at BBC Radio Shetland I’d like to say a big thank you to everyone who has donated prizes for the auction and who’s fundraising for the event.
“We hope you’ll be able to tune in on Friday night to listen to the programme and bid on some of the great auction items on offer.”
Items in Friday’s auction include:
- Victoria’s Vintage tea for two, in Unst;
- Antique rocking horse;
- Mr Wonderful knitted doll;
- Signed Millie Vigor book;
- Lerwick Harbour photo;
- Shetland Deli gift pack;
- Shopping bag full of goodies from Bigton Shop;
- Chance to learn the Ballroom Dance of your choice;
- Children’s fleece lobster hat;
- A boat trip for two on the Swan;
- A pair of Fair Isle dags;
- A framed Smirk cartoon;
- A trip for four on the bridge of the Bressay ferry;
- Two knitted cushions;
- A Shetland Gift bag;
- Personalised bobble head;
- Driftwood mirror;
- Kiwi candles;
- Aly Bain DVD set;
- Five kilos of smoked haddock;
- Blush Bear;
- Pandora charm;
- Four panto tickets;
- Ten LED lights;
- Upholstery fabric;
- House of Commons goody bag;
- James Bond framed cards;
- A meal for four at Frankie’s Fish and Chips;
- A signed copy of the North Ness Boys new album;
- Six three-year old willows growing in poly pots;
- Line Dancing for two;
- Sunday carvery meal for four at St Magnus Bay Hotel;
- A tour of the Scottish Parliament for two with lunch
- A bag of Da Flea’s tatties;
- A hamper from Scoop;
- Mussels, scallop meat and cocktail crab claws;
- Fiddle and Accordion Festival weekend package for two;
- A bottle of 10 years old ‘Gordon MacPhail’ Scotch whisky;
- A painting of a Viking with his longship;
- Set of the jam jar battery operated lights;
- A day out on the new mobile library;
- A round trip for four on the bridge of the Whalsay ferry;
- Have a go with the Glutton, the street cleaner and then take a ‘hurl’ in the passenger’s seat of the street sweeper;
- Signed Shetland football strip;
- Six month membership at Scalloway gym;
- A run in the Duke of Hazzard General Lee car next summer;
- Alloy Wheel refurb.
- Mirrie Dancers jewellery pendant;
- Rigg cape from Niela Kalra;
- Five kilos of haddock from Blydoit;
- A photo of a sunrise on a Shetland beach by Mark Sinclair;
- Bed and breakfast for two at Busta House Hotel;
- A signed book from each of the six authors appearing at Shetland Noir;
- Fair Isle gift bag;
- Scented candle;
- A tune composed by Peter Wood;
- Glansin Glass experience session at the workshop in Unst;
- A Christmas tree from COPE;
- Six one-year old fuchsias grown in pots;
- A Jag for a day;
- Children in Need bear;
- Photo of the northern lights by Johnny Simpson;
- Lerwick Port Authority trip on the Knab;
- Lerwick Port Authority parking on the pier for a year;
- Trip on the Dim Riv;
- BP flights and accommodation in Aberdeen for a weekend;
- Chance to present Give Us a Tune;
- A meal for eight prepared by the Big Bannock committee;
- A framed painting of a Shetland boat in da Noost by Cecil Duncan;
- Folk festival weekender package for two;
- Three-night stay in a Shetland lighthouse;
- Return trip on NorthLink ferry for four with a car to Aberdeen;
- Free swimming for a year at any of the SRT pools;
- A free Christmas meal lunch for ten at the Scalloway Hotel;
- A wooden Bedford bus by Ian Smith;
- A reel composed by Steven Spence;
- A flight to Fair Isle;
- One hundred pounds of fish from QA Fish, in Scalloway;
- A stay for four at the Fair Isle Bird Observatory;
- Three wool week classes in 2016 from Promote Shetland;
- Gruffalo storytime for 12 at the Shetland Library;
- A trip for seven on the tugs at Sella Ness;
- A trip on the bridge of the Yell Sound ferry;
- A seascape painting by Ruth Brownlee;
- Hjaltibonhoga package including a tune, a scarf and free pass to all fund raising events in 2016;
- Classic wedding cars for a day;
- Lerwick Brewery offering a brew day experience;
- Children’s cartoon monster painting from Balazs Onhausz;
- A peerie felted wife and oorick (peerie felt man) with instruments.
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