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Pupil designs new Lerwick lifeboat pennant

Torquil Mackenzie with his winning design.

A PRIMARY seven pupil from Lerwick’s Bell’s Brae Primary School has designed a new pennant for the town’s lifeboat station.

Torquil MacKenzie’s design will be used on a pennant which is usually given to visitors from across the world, including cruise ships calling into Lerwick.

His idea features a map of Shetland along with the isles’ flag and an RNLI emblem.

Lifeboat staff approached Bell’s Brae when they wanted a new pennant designed.

A competition was organised for pupils in primary two to seven, with Lily Heder (P2), Zack Arthur (P3), Julia Strachanowska (P4), Lois Tait (P5), Luke Hackett (P6) and Isabelle Moss (P7) all winning prizes for their entries.

Pictured alongside lifeboat crew Darren Harcus, Gareth Geddes, Stormy Stan, Peter Kerr and Iain Derbyshire are children, from left to right: Torquil Mackenzie (P7), Julia Strachanowska (P4), Lois Tait (P5), Lily Heder (P2), Luke Hackett (P6). Missing from the photo are Zack Arthur (P3) and Isabelle Moss (P7).

Lifeboat crew member Darren Harcus said the standard of entries was “so high it took us a while to decide on the best”.

“The amount of effort and thought that the bairns put into their entries was amazing, and we’re really grateful to them all,” he added.