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News round-up / Volunteer for boat week, choral concert, football painting auction, windows stolen

THE ORGANISERS of Shetland Boat Week are appealing for additional volunteers to help run events at this year’s festival.

The event, which will which will run from 5-11 August and is now in its fourth year, has a core of dedicated volunteers who help out with a range of activities including rowing, sailing, craft activities, information services and even carrying boats.

Shetland Amenity Trust said it was looking to deliver a “full and exciting” programme of events this year after holding a stripped-down festival last year.

Event coordinator Emma Miller said opportunities are available for all abilities and that a knowledge of boats is not essential.

“All that is asked is for a helpful and enthusiastic approach in return for an afternoon, day or week of fun and good company,” she said.

Organisers are still keen to hear from anyone who has a traditional Shetland model boat to include in this year’s outdoor display, with boats built by Jimmy Smith and self-restored boats wanted in particular.

For an informal chat about volunteering or to find out more about what activities are involved, contact Emma on 077538 06095 or email emma@realtaevents.co.uk.

THE EDINBURGH University Renaissance Singers are heading to Shetland for a couple of performances of “Cathedral-quality singing” this weekend.

The group will present Tomas Luis de Victoria’s Requiem at the St Columba’s Church in Lerwick on Saturday at 7.30pm.

The event is free and there will be a collection at the door for Christian Aid’s Cyclone Idai appeal.

The group will also perform at Sandwick Church’s communion service 10am on Sunday, with singing beginning at 9.45am.

The group are heading to Shetland as part of their Renaissance Passiontide Tour 2019, which is sponsored by NorthLink.

A LOCAL artist is auctioning off paintings to raise funds for the Shetland under 12 football team as they prepare to head south for the Glasgow City Cup in August.

Balazs Onhausz.

Balazs Onhausz painted portraits of iconic footballers such as Pele and Eric Cantona and bids can be placed online until 5pm on 11 May.

Modern greats like Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are also featured.

Scottish Sea Farms worker Balazs painted the footballers’ faces onto pallets at his workplace.

POLICE are looking for information after two windows were stolen from an address at Brough in Whalsay.

The items, which were leaning against a garage, were taken between 13 March and 28 March.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101.