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News round-up / New space project partnership, wedding fashions and chippie recognised

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Shetland Space Centre (SSC) and Goonhilly Earth Station, in Cornwall, have joined forces to develop rocket launch and tracking business capabilities for the burgeoning new space launch sector.

The two companies have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) committing them to collaborate on a range of projects as the UK’s space sector flourishes.

Projects include working together to support both Shetland’s and Cornwall’s aspirations for both vertical and horizontal UK space launches, the companies said.

SSC is planning to construct a commercial rocket launch centre on the island of Unst and is developing a teleport and other space-related ground infrastructure, while Goonhilly will invest in and install a new highly capable tracking antenna on Unst.

SSC chief executive Frank Strang said: “As soon as we met the team from Goonhilly, we all recognised that there are potentially huge benefits from collaborating.

“We have a shared drive and determination to increase the footprint of the UK space industry, from launches on UK soil to a huge range of ground station activities.”


Fashionable Lerwick wedding of unknown couple c1900. Photo: Shetland Amenity Trust

TWO hundred and fifty years of Shetland wedding heritage will go on show at Da Gadderie at Shetland Museum on Saturday.

The wedding exhibition From this Day Forwardchronicles society and fashion in Shetland since 1769 and will showcase some of the museum’s remarkable collection of wedding attire.

The exhibition will examine changing fashions for weddings worn by Shetland brides, grooms and attendants, including silk dresses, Paisley shawls and highly decorative waistcoats.

Each outfit is accompanied by information about the people who wore them. Photographs of couples wearing the clothing are part of the exhibition.

Curator of the exhibition Carol Christiansen said: “In preparing the exhibition we’ve learned a great deal more about what was worn to weddings and the choices people made for their special day.”

Most of the clothing was made in Shetland. The exhibition includes a focus on dressmakers and the local trade in wedding attire and supplies. Accessories, headpieces, and invitations will also be on display.

The exhibition runs until 23 March.


The country’s most northerly fish and chips takeaway has again been recognised as one of the best as it maintains National Federation of Fish Friers (NFFF) Fish & Chip quality award.

Frankie’s owner Valerie Johnson said: “To be recognised as one of the top fish and chip shops by the NFFF is indeed an honour and a credit to our hardworking staff who I would like to offer my sincere thanks for their continued hard work and efforts to maintain our excellent reputation.”

The award identifies fish and chip outlets that serve the highest quality fish and chips following a thorough assessment of the premises, equipment, working practices, hygiene standards and management controls, along with the quality and taste of cooked fish and chips.

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