News round-up / Tributes paid to isles man, vehicle show, charging point given go-ahead, water tap launch, adapted bikes weekend

TRIBUTES have been paid to a man from Shetland who died after reportedly falling from a building in Italy earlier this week.

Local police in Imperia were alerted after twenty three year old Ray Connor, from the south mainland of Shetland, failed to return to a yacht he was working on.


Family and friends have described Ray as having a “heart of gold”.

A NUMBER of trucks, buses, tractors and engines from a range of eras will be on display at the Shetland Commercial Vehicle Preservation Society’s latest show.

The event will take place on Sunday (25 August) at the Cunningsburgh show field from 10am to 5pm.

Other attractions will include live music, scale models and games for the family.

There will also be a road run featuring over 25 visiting vehicles on Saturday before a supper dance is held at the Cunningsburgh Hall with the Cullivoe Dance Band.

AN ELECTRIC vehicle charging point in the centre of Lerwick has been given the thumbs up from Shetland Islands Council’s planning service.

Lerwick Port Authority has been given the green light to install a charger in the car park of its Albert Building headquarters.


The organisation has received funding for installing electric vehicle charging points across its estate.

A TOP-UP water tap will be launched in Lerwick early next month.

Scottish Water will unveil the facility at Burns Walk on 2 September.

The organisation has installed a number of public taps across Scotland as part of a campaign to encourage more people to use refillable bottles.

AN ‘ADAPTED bikes weekend’ is being held across Shetland this weekend to give people a chance to try bikes and trikes for children and adults with mobility or balance issues.


The event is being jointly organised by Shetland Sport For All and Disability Shetland with funding from the Big Bike Revival/Cycling UK.

Highland Cycle Ability Centre is heading to the isles with a selection of adapted bikes, including bucket bikes, hand bikes and tandems.

People interested in trying out the bikes can visit the Brae games hall from 10am to midday on Saturday (24 August) or the Clickimin running track in Lerwick from 2pm to 5pm.

Alternatively they can attend the Gilbertson Park games hall in Lerwick from 10am to midday on Sunday, or the summer cycle and family fun event at the Lerwick play park from 2pm to 4pm.