News round-up / Fishing safety event, Gazza to head north after all, textile museum wins award, contractors invited to water event

A COASTGUARD event is being held in Lerwick on Wednesday (2 October) to give people in the fishing industry advice about new and existing safety requirements for boats.

An event will be held at the Lerwick Town Hall from 10am to 1pm, with attendees invited to ask questions.

It follows work to develop a new code of practice for small fishing vessels which picks up on Marine Accident Investigation Branch recommendations to improve safety for all fishermen.

FORMER footballer Paul Gascoigne has confirmed a new event in Shetland after a show at the Clickimin was cancelled earlier this year.

Gazza will speak at the Sound Hall in Lerwick on 13 December, with tickets on sale from 7am tomorrow (2 October).

The ex-England international was best known for playing for the likes of Rangers, Newcastle and Spurs.

The textile museum’s Alan Ockendon, Marion Ockendon and Ingirid Eunson. Photo: Benedict Johnson

VOLUNTEERS at the Shetland Textile Museum have won the Scottish finals of a national award.

The team from the Lerwick museum attended the Marsh Trust Volunteer Awards ceremony in London last week where they picked up the regional Scottish prize in the museum learning section.

The aim of the award, which is supported by the British Museum, is to recognise those volunteers who work directly with museum visitors in any capacity.

Shetland Textile Museum trustees said volunteers “are the lifeblood of our museum, and we couldn’t exist without them”.

SCOTTISH WATER is inviting small and medium-sized contractors in Shetland to an event intended to outline the organisation’s procurement process.

The event will be held on Tuesday 8 October from 10am to midday at the Lerwick Hotel.

Procurement category manager Iain Barclay said: “We would encourage any small to medium sized contractors based in Shetland who are capable of civil, mechanical or electrical type work relating to our water and waste water assets, to come along and find out about our procurement process.

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“With our new investment period starting in 2021, we are keen to create an SME (small to medium-sized enterprise) framework to support the geographical delivery of our objectives over the next decade and beyond, and look forward to answering any questions local contractors might have about how they can get involved.”

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