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News round-up / Bergen flights back on, World AIDS day, Beauty treat for cancer patients and Carols by Candlelight

The famous Bryggen waterfront in the centre of Bergen. Photo: Bergen Reiselivslag / Girish Chouhan - visitBergen.com
The famous Bryggen waterfront in the centre of Bergen. Photo: Bergen Reiselivslag / Girish Chouhan - visitBergen.com

WITH a resolution to the air traffic controllers’ dispute at HIAL airports in sight, Loganair has taken the decision of putting its summer flights between Sumburgh and Bergen on sale for 2020.

The flights will operate on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 23 May to 22 August, are eligible under the Air Discount Scheme, and can now be booked via the airline’s website at www.loganair.co.uk

A spokesperson said: “The industrial action at Sumburgh had threatened the continuation of the route, but – along with everyone else – we are pleased to hear the more positive update recently which has provided us with confidence to press ahead with Sumburgh-Bergen flights for next year.”

Loganair’s new partnership with Norway’s largest regional airline Wideroe opens up a new range of connections from Shetland to other destinations in Norway including Trondheim, Tromso, Oslo Sandefjord and Molde, the company said.

A number of local organisations such as NHS Shetland and the OPEN Peer Education Project are again marking World AIDS Day which is on Sunday 1 December.

Prominent buildings including the Town Hall, the Clickimin Broch and Mareel are to be lit up red from dusk on Saturday until dawn on Monday in support of the national campaign Light-Up Scotland.

Public health specialist Wendy Hatrick said raising awareness of World AIDS Day kept HIV and AIDS in people’s minds and could lead to conversations about the risk of contracting HIV through unprotected sex or sharing injecting equipment.

“There are 5568 people in Scotland who have been diagnosed and are living with HIV,” Hatrick said. “In recent years, advances in and better access to HIV treatment have continued to save lives.”

“In Shetland there are a small number of people who have been diagnosed, but we don’t know how many people are infected but have never been tested.”

Anyone worried they might have been exposed to HIV should seek medical advice. Confidential advice, testing and treatment is available through GP Surgeries and also through the Shetland Sexual Health and Wellbeing Clinic.

WOMEN with a recent cancer diagnosis are invited to attend a Look Good… Feel Better skincare and makeup workshop hosted by CLAN Shetland.

The workshop, designed to help women deal with the visible and often psychological side effects of cancer treatment, has up until now only been available in Aberdeen but will now become available in Shetland four times a year.

Three local beauticians are kindly donating their time to take the women through Look Good … Feel Good 12-step skincare and make-up regime.

The first ever workshop will be held on Monday 9 December between 1 and 3pm at the CLAN Centre at 20a St. Magnus Street.  Booking is essential by either calling 01595 697275 or via e-mail to dorothy.jamieson@clanhouse.org

WELL know local musicians North Ness Boys and Friends kick off the Christmas season with a Carols by Candlelight concert at Mareel on Saturday 7 December,

Brothers Aubrey, Clive and Trevor Jamieson have been performing as The North Ness Boys bringing a wide range of singing styles and songs to venues throughout Shetland and beyond.

Tickets for the Christmas concert can be booked at Mareel or at the Shetland Arts outlet at Sumburgh Airport, by phone on 01595 745500, or online at www.shetlandarts.org