News round-up / Call for local artists, port donates equipment, Gazza event cancelled again

Aberdeen artist Katie Guthrie starting to paint the first sculpture at CLAN’s head office.

LOCAL artists are being sought for a sculpture trail across the north east of Scotland.

Designs for over 30 three-metre lighthouse sculptures are being commissioned by CLAN Cancer Support, with Shetland among the host locations.

Each lighthouse will be “individually designed and painted by some of the region’s most talented artists, using a variety of materials and artistic techniques”.

Artists can submit any design, and artists of any age, no matter where they live, are invited to take part in the Light the North project.

Project director Fiona Fernie said: “The trail offers artists the opportunity to make a creative contribution to Light the North and help to ensure a lasting artistic, economic, social and charitable legacy.

More information can be found online at lightthenorth.co.uk where an artist’s pack and design template can be downloaded.

SURPLUS oil pollution equipment has been donated by Lerwick Port Authority to an international fire and rescue charity.

The equipment after being delivered.

Around 100 metres of containment booms were shipped by haulage company Northwards to the Fife-based Fire and Rescue Association (IFRA).

The charity was formed in 2002 to assist services in countries where poverty, war or civil unrest affect emergency response.

Lerwick Port Authority health, safety, environment and quality manager Stuart Wadley said: “Donating the equipment is in line with our objective of recycling wherever possible from within harbour operations.

“Upgrading our spill response equipment to a fast deployment system has made the previous booms available for elsewhere. It’s great they will be put to good use, thanks to IFRA and Northwards.”

AN APPEARANCE from former footballer Paul Gascoigne in Lerwick on Friday (13 December) has been cancelled.

The shelving of the Sound Hall event comes after a similar show slated for August at the Clickimin was also cancelled.

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Promoter The Longest Forty said it would not comment as it was an “ongoing process”, but in a message to ticket holders it said that “despite our best efforts and intentions, we have not had the relevant assurances that this can go ahead as planned”.

Gazza’s management said: “Unfortunately the event was cancelled by the promoter and was out of our control. Paul is extremely upset that this has happened as he was looking forward to meeting his fans.”

The organiser of the ill-fated Clickimin show, Events 105, said in June that the event had been cancelled by the Clickimin as the venue did not “wish to be associated” with Gascoigne.

Clickimin management, however, said the promoter not paying a deposit was behind the cancellation.

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