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News round-up / Vaccination reminder, more weather disruptions, name a local beer, buffet in support of Relay for Life

NHS Shetland is reminding local people that there is still time to get this season’s flu vaccination.

Dr Susan Laidlaw, consultant in public health medicine said: “I would particularly urge younger adults who are in the eligible groups to get the vaccine.

“Provisional figures show that only around a third of under 65s in eligible groups in Shetland have had their flu vaccine.

“However, the uptake so far among people aged over 65 has been quite good and I am expecting the final uptake for this group to be around 75 per cent.

“Most people who are eligible for the vaccine can get it from their GP practice including adults under 65 and unpaid carers.  Pregnant women, including women who become pregnant before the end of March, should speak to their midwife about getting the vaccine.”

“Health and social care workers should also have the flu jab every year and this is organised through their employers,” Dr Laidlaw continued.

Further information can be found at https://www.nhsinform.scot/illnesses-and-conditions/infections-and-poisoning/flu 


THE JANUARY weather continues to create problems for NorthLink.

The ferry operator said on Monday that its southbound service is expected to be two hours late into Kirkwall and Aberdeen due to the strong to gale force south westerly winds.

Tonight’s sailing of the freighter Arrow from Lerwick to Aberdeen has been cancelled. The cargo ship will make its next scheduled trip on Tuesday, departing Lerwick at 6pm.


LOCAL dialect group Shetland ForWirds has been invited to judge a competition to find a dialect name for a new beer Shetland Brewery is planning to launch in spring.

The new creation is described as a hoppy session IPA beer with a “zippy and refreshingly citrusy” taste.

The brewery is keen to find a dialect name that captures the “luscious mouthfeel and body” they promise when it is poured from bottle and cask.

Co-convenor of Shetland ForWirds Mary Blance said: “It’s a lightsome project to get involved with and we look forward to announcing the winner at a special peerie cabaret event at the brewery on a very special day – the 29 February.”

The competition is open to anyone. The closing date is 22 February and entries should be sent to:  HYPERLINK “mailto:info@lerwickbrewery.co.uk” info@lerwickbrewery.co.uk or the company’s Facebook page. The winner will get a case of the brand new beer when it is ready, as well as a tour and taste for two at the Lerwick Brewery.


LERWICK eatery The String will host a fundraising buffet in support of the local Relay for Life initiative that raises funds for Cancer Research UK.

The buffet will feature celebrated classics like smoked mackerel pate, beef chilli con carne and korma spiced aubergine alongside local favourites Shetland roast lamb with thyme and Shetland mussels with shallots.

Relay for Life event chairman Martin Henderson said: “Since opening The String has quickly become an established part of the Shetland food scene and we are grateful to them for hosting this fundraiser.”

The String owner Neil Riddell added: “We delighted to support the great fundraising efforts of the worthiest of causes.”

The buffet will take place on Sunday 9 February between 2pm and 5pm. Tickets, which are £25 for adults and £10 for children under 10, are available from The String and relay committee members.