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News round-up / Online radio station launched, foster carer event, Easter egg cheer

A NEW non-profit online community radio station based in Shetland has been launched.

Shetland Internet Radio Station switched on as the clocks struck midnight this morning (22 April).

It will broadcast 24 hours a day and will “play the music you want to hear” – with Shetland and Celtic music in the catalogue alongside more well known pop tunes from the 1940s through to the present day.

The project, which is being run by local resident Kerrie Meyer, also plans to host live shows and interviews with local people.

“We’re looking for interesting folk who have a story to tell,” Kerrie said.

“You might be a crofter, a fisherman, a business person or a local musician.”

Also in the radio station’s plans is to play podcasts.

The station can be listened to at sirs.fm.

AN EVENT is being held in Lerwick on Tuesday to provide information to anyone interested in becoming a foster carer.

Shetland Island Council’s family placement team will be at the Islesburgh Community Centre from 11am to 2pm.

Shetland is often in need of more foster carers and in recent years similar recruitment campaigns have taken place.

Back in 2017 foster carer Jillian Copland said: “I had thought about fostering for many years and admired others who provided this care locally.

“When I started a career as a teacher I became increasingly aware of young children who required additional care outside the parental home for a whole spectrum of reasons – not always ‘bad’ as is perhaps the assumption in society. I have had a number of fostering placements with different young people and you have to be adaptable to their needs.

“Placements can be tiring, as you may be needed pretty much 24/7 but each is unique, enjoyable, rewarding, challenging to a degree and extremely worthwhile.”

Isla Jamieson (right) with Amy Henderson of Mirrie Dancers Chocolatier.

EIGHT year old Isla Jamieson from Sandness was the lucky winner of a chocolate egg on Thursday after taking part in Living Lerwick’s Eater egg competition.

A total of 66 people took part in the competition to find spring themed pictures in Lerwick shops during the Easter school holiday, and all received a mini easter egg treat from Mirrie Dancers.

The ZMCC motorcycle club also got into the Easter spirit by heading out on its annual Easter egg run on Sunday to “deliver some cheer” to local community groups.

Among their stops was the Gilbert Bain Hospital in Lerwick, where bikers handed A&E staff easter eggs.