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Living Lerwick calls for shops to open this Sunday

LIVING Lerwick has called on its members to open their shops and restaurants this Sunday as the largest cruise ship ever to visit Shetland will drop her anchor in Lerwick Harbour.

The organisation’s vice-chairman Steve Mathieson, who is also the VisitScotland area manager, said the tourist office at the Market Cross would be open all day.

The 315-metre long Celebrity Silhouette, which has a capacity of more than 2,800 passengers, is due to arrive at Lerwick Harbour early on Sunday for a 12-hour visit.

On previous occasions holiday-makers from cruise liners have been left disappointed to find town centre shops and cafes closed when visiting on a Sunday.

Mathieson said: “Of course we would encourage as many shops and cafes to open on Sunday and take full advantage of the extra potential customers who will hopefully be flooding through the town.

“The weather forecast looks promising for the weekend so hopefully the ship will come in as planned.”

Living Lerwick is the management organisation for businesses in the historic town centre.

Normally the Living Lerwick management team would have put out an email to all members a few days before cruise ships are due to arrive, but that has not happened this time due to someone being on annual leave.

Mathieson acknowledged that it was up to individual proprietors to decide whether or not to open their shops.

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