News round-up / Lifeboat shout, car damaged, water charge concern, drama group welcomes visitors

THE LERWICK lifeboat escorted the small local creel boat Delta Dawnback into the harbour after the seven metre vessel got into difficulty in rough seas north of Bressay on Saturday afternoon.

The call out came just hours after a coffee morning held onboard the NorthLink ferryHrosseywhich raised £2,700 for the lifeboat charity RNLI.


Rhoda Watt of the Lerwick Ladies Lifeboat Guild said more than 300 people had participated in the coffee morning.

“We are very grateful to everyone who helped make our annual coffee morning such a success,” she said.

“We very much appreciate the support of all our helpers, the lifeboat crewmen and of course, Serco NorthLink Ferries.”

POLICE in Lerwick are investigating a report of damage to a white Audi car parked in the town’s King Harald Street.

Officers say the damage could have occurred anytime between 1.30pm on Saturday and midday on Sunday.

Any witnesses are asked to contact Lerwick police station on telephone 101.


THE VIABILITY of many community halls are at stake according to local MSP Tavish Scott, who is taking up the issue with the Scottish Government.

Following changes to the exemption criteria for water charges and the way bills are calculated, public halls in Shetland with an alcohol license are now liable for large water bills.

In a letter to cabinet secretary Roseanna Cunningham, the MSP is calling on the government to take urgent action to prevent halls having to close their doors.

He wrote: “One example was shared with me this week. Walls Hall has now seen an increase in their bill of £300, to £1700.


“This is described by their chairman as ‘unsustainable’ given that the committee already ‘find it difficult enough fund-raising to keep everything else going without this exorbitant charge’.

“You may recall in October last year that I called for a retrospective island community impact assessment into these charges as the exemption criteria show a fundamental misunderstanding of the geography of Shetland and the role of public halls in our rural communities”

Islesburgh Dra Group with Jacquie and David Stedman in the centre. Photo: Austin Taylor

THE PRESIDENT of the National Operatic Dramatic Association (NODA) Jacquie Stedman and her husband David were in Shetland last week for the opening night of Islesburgh Drama Group’s latest production I Remember Mamain the Garrison Theatre.

Stedman said: “Superb casting really brought the characters to life, and combined with an imaginative set, excellent costumes and a dedicated technical crew proved that amateur theatre is alive and thriving on the incredible islands of Shetland.”

Drama group president David Grieve said: “We have had a long standing partnership with NODA and look forward to continuing to support a number of our members to attend the training summer school.

“This ensures we bring back skills and knowledge that will help develop our future productions.”