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North Isles award ceremony

Back row from left to right: Erland Smith, Mark Lawson, Mary Nicolson, Charlie Priest, Robert Jameison and Anna Niven. Front row from left to right: Nigel Stickle, Lorraine Thomson receiving for her son Michael Thomson, Desley Stickle and Julie Thomson. Not present to receive awards were Joanne Bell and Richard Spence.

THE FIRST North Isles Awards ceremony took place in the Baltasound Hall on Friday night.

The fun event was hosted by the Unst Partnership charity and was organised by North Isles tourism officers Selina May Miller and Kellie Naulls.

Its aim was to celebrate all that is great about living and working in the North Isles and included a three-course dinner and the awards themselves.

In total there were 509 votes cast for the awards and a total of 254 people nominated in the various categories.

The winners were as follows:

Unsung hero – Charlie Priest, Unst;

Unsung heroine – Desley Stickle, Unst;

Best beard – Mark Lawson, Yell;

Cheeriest crofter – joint winners Nigel Stickle, Unst and Erland Smith, Yell;

Funniest person – joint winners Julie Thomson, Unst and Robert Jamieson, Yell;

Friendliest islander – Mary Nicolson, Yell;

Most caring – Joanne Bell, Fetlar;  

Best wearer of boilersuit – Richard Spence, Unst;

Nicest ferryperson – Michael Thomson, Unst;

Best smile – Anna Niven, Unst.

The night was deemed a big success with about 100 people attending from across the North Isles including a bus full from Yell.  It is hoped that these award may become an annual event.