News round-up / New trawler launched, another Great Taste award, fog affects flights, country gig, strongman contest

The new Zephyr. Photo: Shetland Fishermen

THE NEW Zephyr pelagic trawler was launched with a naming ceremony in Norway at the weekend.

The 75.4m long vessel was built for the Whalsay based Zephyr Fishing Company at Larsnes Mek. Verksted north of Maloy.

She is one of three replacement pelagic trawlers for the Shetland fleet this year and is expected to arrive in the isles later this year


The new Adenia meanwhile due to be arriving next month, with a replacement Charisma planned for delivery later this year.

The mother and daughter team behind Shetland Sea salt Kaye Sandison (right) and Laura Hughes.

SHETLAND Sea Salt has become the latest local product to receive a Great Taste award.

The salt achieved a one-star rating in the 2019 round of awards.

Judges said it has “beautiful looking crystalline coarse flakes of sea salt, with a broad spectrum of flavour”.

Manager Kaye Sandison said: “We are delighted to get this award, and to be recognised for the high quality of Shetland Sea Salt.

“It is an exciting time for us, with a new website in the pipeline, and new packaging to show off the sea salt”.


Mackenzie’s Farm Shop and Cafe and COPE Ltd’s Shetlandeli have also received Great Taste awards this year.

FLIGHTS to and from Sumburgh Airport were heavily disrupted by fog on Monday morning.

The first flight from Aberdeen returned south without landing, while the scheduled 8.55am flight from Edinburgh was also diverted.

There were two early morning departures to Aberdeen and Edinburgh, but two later flights to the cities were cancelled.

TICKETS are on sale now for two concerts with the Ian Highland Band in Lerwick and Skeld in September.

Shetland Country Music Club said it is the first time the top ‘classic’ country and western five-piece band has played in the isles.

They will be appearing at the Skeld hall on Friday 13 September, and at the Shetland Hotel, in Lerwick, the following night.

Tickets are available from High Level Music on 01595 692618 or at the door. More info is available here.

THE SHETLAND’s Strongest Man event was held at the Clickimin in Lerwick on Saturday.

Matthew Campbell won the overall section, while Kevin Manson reigned supreme in the novice section.

Twelve competitors took part in the event.