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Boat week confirms sponsors

From left to right: Sandra Laurenson (Lerwick Port Authority), Jane Leask (NorthLink Ferries), Derek Leask (Ocean Kinetics) and Emma Miller (Shetland Amenity Trust).

SHETLAND Boat Week is expected to double in size after three sponsors confirmed their commitment towards this year’s event following its successful debut in 2016.

Lerwick Port Authority has this year joined Ocean Kinetics and Serco NorthLink in financially supporting the boat week, which will be held during the second week in August.

Event co-ordinator Emma Miller said it meant the 2017 event should be “bigger and better” than last year’s popular event.

“The support we have had from our sponsors, and the wider community, has been fantastic and shows a real desire for this type of event – celebrating our maritime heritage alongside the modern industry,” she said.

Miller added that the range of events had increased this year, with additional boat trips planned and more boats on display. 

The keynote speaker for 2017 will be Dr Matthew Tanner, the chairman of the SS Great Britain Trust, the organisation that oversaw the conservation of the world’s first passenger steamship built in 1843.

The full 2017 Shetland Boat Week programme will be officially launched on 2 May and bookings will open for events at that time. 

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