News round-up / UHA photo lands snapper nomination, new healthy lifestyle programme, improv comedy returns

Gordon Siegel's nominated photo.

A LOCAL photographer has been nominated for a prize at this year’s British Photography Awards.

Gordon Siegel’s striking image of the galley burning at the 2019 Lerwick Up Helly Aa has made it through to the finals of the awards after voting from the public.

The ceremony will be held at the Savoy Hotel in London on 4 February.


Siegel’s photo was entered into the ‘event’ category and it showed the galley up in flames while guizers circled the stricken boat.

The photographer said he was “overwhelmed and excited” to reach the finals.

NHS Shetland’s health improvement team are launching a new programme which mixes exercise and education in a bid to encourage people to change their lifestyle for the better.

The free programme consists of eight fortnightly sessions held over the space of four months, and they will be delivered at local health centres.

The aim is to help people make “lifelong, sustainable healthy changes” in areas beyond just their weight.


The programme has a referral criteria, meaning that a screening appointment with a health improvement practitioner will be required.

People interested in the programme is asked to phone and book an appointment with health improvement in their local health centre.

IMPROVISED comedy group The Imposters will return to the stage next Friday (17 January).

The group will perform at the Legion as they undertake a range of improved games and sketches.

The show comes ahead of the Imposters travelling south in February for a second visit to the Edinburgh International Improv Festival.

The show will kick off at 8pm and tickets are available online or on the door.