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News round-up / Water tap launched, dialect price, Loganair app, police recruitment, company nominated, Swan returns

Under-16 members of Lerwick Boating Club top up their refillable bottles at the new tap alongside Scottish Water's Jim Anderson (middle left), Living Lerwick chair Steve Mathieson (middle centre) and Shetland Islands Council leader Steven Coutts (middle right). Photo Scottish Water

A PUBLIC top-up water tap was launched in Lerwick on Monday afternoon.

The tap, which digitally tracks water usage and records cost savings, was installed on the Esplanade at Burns Walk by Scottish Water as part of a national initiative to get more people to carry a reusable bottle.

Scottish Water’s customer services team leader in Shetland Jim Anderson said: “This is the latest milestone in our commitment to roll out a network of top up taps across Scotland and we are delighted to unveil our most northerly tap here in Lerwick, which will help local residents and visitors stay hydrated while they are out and about around the town.”


Shetland ForWirds’ Mary Blance with Stuart.

STUART Hannay from Yell has won the Shetland ForWirds dialect prize at the Screenplay film festival for a second year running.

His film of Valerie Watt and Mary Fraser’s bairns book Peerie Mootie an her Muckle Buits was chosen by the judging panel as the short film that demonstrated “the most effective use of dialect”.

Stuart said: “I’m not a dialect speaker myself but I love languages. The dialect is unique, with a rhythm of its own.”


LOGANAIR customers will now be able to book flights through a new app.

Passengers will be able to make new bookings, manage existing bookings, store flight details, check-in and download mobile boarding passes.

The app, available through Apple’s App Store and the Google Play Store, also allows customers to store Air Discount Scheme details and use them for future reservations.


THE POLICE are holding a recruitment event in Lerwick in November to encourage more people to join the force.

The session will be held at the Shetland Museum and Archives on 9 November from 10.30am to 4.30pm.

For more information and to reserve a space email recruitmentpositiveactionteam@scotland.pnn.police.uk and provide your name and contact number.


A SHETLAND company has been shortlisted for the finals of the SELECT Awards, which recognises electrical installation work in Scotland.

Westside Electrical Services Ltd is nominated in the best use of training category.

Winners will be announced at a ceremony at the Radisson Blu in Glasgow on Friday 11 October.


TRADITIONAL boat the Swan has returned from a 12-day trip to Faroe which celebrated the fishing links between the island and Shetland.

Local author John Goodlad was on board and he spoke at three events in Faroe about the time when many Shetlanders fished for cod around Faroe from sailing smacks.

Proceeds from sales of his book The Cod Hunters, which was published last year, will be donated to the Swan Trust.

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