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Market Cross inspires new Living Lerwick mascot

New Living Lerwick mascot Maunsie da Market Cross.Living Lerwick mascot Maunsie.

LERWICK’s Market Cross lamp post has been reinvented as a mascot for the town centre.

Maunsie da Market Cross was designed by local artist Stephen Gordon – AKA Smirk – as part of Living Lerwick’s recent mascot competition, which attracted nearly 30 entries.

Project manager Emma Miller said the character visually represented the town centre well and added that the Market Cross was an iconic part of Lerwick.

“The standard of entries was excellent and we’d like to thank everyone who took the time to put their ideas on paper,” she said.

The revealing of the mascot comes on the first day of Living Lerwick’s annual Shopping Week.

A life-sized version of Maunsie will be visiting shops to meet the public, and there will also be a competition to find the mascot around town, with a form available from the tourist office.

There will be a range of competitions, workshops and events during Shopping Week, while businesses will also be offering discounts.

The week will end with the Lerwick Lanes Fun Run on Sunday (12 August) to raise money for Disability Shetland, while there will also be an open day at Fort Charlotte on the same day.

Anyone wishing to register for the fun run in advance should get in touch with Living Lerwick, while people can sign up on the day from 9.15am to 9.45am at the Fort Road car park ahead of the race starting at 10am.

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