News round-up / Record-breaking cyclist to head north, funding for glass company, Gomez man returns, fire training exercise

Mark Beaumont.

LONG distance cyclist Mark Beaumont – who holds the world record for cycling round the world – is due to give a talk in Shetland next year.

He will take his Around The World In 80 Days talk tour to Mareel on 7 February.

While showing films and photos, Beaumont – who has also been featured on BBC TV shows – will speak about his career of expeditions and record attempts.


He twice set the world record for cycling around the world, which is currently 78 days and 14 hours – averaging 240 miles a day.

Tickets are available online.

AN UNST-based glass business has won funding from project dedicated to supporting women entrepreneurs.

Cheryl Jamieson, pictured with husband Derek, is celebrating nearly ten years as a glass fusion craftmaker under the name Glansin Glass. Photo: Shetland News/Neil Riddell.
Cheryl Jamieson, pictured with husband Derek. Photo: Shetland News

Glansin Glass has secured over €2,000 from W-Power, a northern periphery and Arctic programme project.

The company’s Cheryl Jamieson will use the funding to set up a marketing campaign aimed at growing global markets.

It comes as the Unst company plans to open a visitor centre on Britain’s most northerly island.


“We have just started the construction phase of our new visitor centre in Unst and the high costs of that doesn’t leave much in the pot for marketing,” Jamieson said.

“We’re delighted to be selected by W-Power as one of the give companies offered both a financial prize award, but also highly delighted to be given business support by first class business women over the artic region.”

The W-Power team works with women entrepreneurs in sparsely populated areas across the Northern and Arctic communities.

GOMEZ singer and guitarist Ben Ottewell will return to Shetland for a gig in Lerwick next year.


The musician will play at The String on 7 March after performing at Mareel in 2017.

Gomez won the Mercury Music Prize in 1998 for their debut album Bring It On, while they were also nominated for a Brit Award.

Tickets for the show, which is being promoted by Klub Revolution as part of its 20th anniversary celebrations, are on sale now.

A JOINT exercise took place last week between the fire service and the local Scottish Sea Farms team.

Two sets of crew took part in a training exercise at the salmon company’s processing facility and offices in Scalloway on Thursday.

The exercises were held to allow the fire service to familiarise itself with the layout of the premises as well as the activities which are carried out there.

One scenario saw the fire teams rescue an employee who had been overcome by an ammonia leak from the facility’s ice plant.

The exercises were said to be the “latest in a long line undertaken by the Scottish Fire & Rescue Service”.