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News round-up / Gin wins awards, power cuts, SIC reception reopens, community orchestra

THE UNST based Shetland Distillery Company has won gold awards for two of its special edition gins at the China Wine and Spirits Awards (CWSA).

Company director Debbie Strang said: “We are thrilled that our two special edition gins ‘Filska’, (the Shetland dialect word for fun-loving which has pink grapefruit as a key botanical) and ‘Up Helly Aa 2019’ which is our cask-aged and navy strength gin performed so well at CWSA 2019.”

China is one of the fastest-growing wine and spirits markets in the world, and is expected to be the largest market for spirits by 2021.

“China is an extremely important growth market for us, as we negotiate to sell within China, or around the world to Chinese tourists. CWSA is recognised globally and this award will push us forward,” Strang added.


POWER was lost in part of Yell on Monday morning following damage to a pole.

Forty one customers in the West Sandwick area were off between 7am and 12.48pm.

Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) said: “We would like to apologise to our customers who were affected by this power cut, and assure them that our engineers did everything they could to restore supplies as safely and as quickly as possible.”

There were also two faults reported in Cunningsburgh on Sunday, affecting hundreds of customers.


THE RECEPTION of Shetland Islands Council’s headquarters at 8 North Ness is open to the public again.

The Lerwick building, known as the White House, was evacuated in 2016 over safety fears.

The reception reopened today (Monday) for those needing to speak to the council about “bus passes, blue parking badges, or pay council tax, rent or invoices”.


SHETLAND Community Orchestra in collaboration with its very own training unit is performing two concerts over the weekend of 5/6 October.

The training orchestra will open the concert in the Quoys Baptist Church, in Lerwick, before joining the community orchestra in Smetana’s Vltava and a medley of music from Lord of the Rings.

A highlight for both children and adults alike will be the Shetland premiere of Tubby the Tuba, the heart-warming tale of a tuba who is fed up with going ‘oompah-pah’ and dares to dream about playing the tune.

Entry is free for all preschool and schoolchildren but adults are required to pay £10/£6 at the door. The concert starts at 7.30pm; teas and home bakes are included in the price.

There will also be a smaller concert for smaller people in the Aith Hall at 3 pm on Sunday 6 October with donations on the door.