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News round-up / Discounted family air tickets go on sale, nursery’s positive report, wedding fair in Lerwick, folk group set for Mareel show

Family fares have been introduced on some Loganair services. Photo: Shetland News

DISCOUNTED family fares for passengers flying between Sumburgh and Aberdeen or Glasgow went on sale today (3 February).

The scheme offers up to two tax-only tickets for children under 12 who travel with a full paying adult during the summer or October holidays.

As previously reported, the discounts are being offered as Loganair introduces larger planes to its fleet.

The scheme is also eligible for some Orkney flights, and only 3,000 discounted tickets are available.

Loganair’s chief commercial officer Kay Ryan said: “Orkney and Shetland are becoming increasingly popular destinations with tourists and now families can take advantage of Loganair’s offer for children to travel fare free.

THE HAME Fae Hame nursery in Scalloway has been deemed ‘very good’ by inspectors.

The private nursery was given the grade by the Care Inspectorate following an unannounced visit at the beginning of January.

Hame Fae Hame was scored in quality of care and support and quality of management and leadership.

Inspectors said the childcare facility provided “children with a welcoming and care environment where they are nurtured by the friendly, caring staff”.

Manager Kaye Sandison said: “We are delighted with the results of the recent Care Inspectorate report.

“The staff work very hard to provide a happy place for the many children, and this report is a testament to how dedicated they are.”

A WEDDING fair is being held in Lerwick next month as part of a drive to raise money for Cancer Research.

The event will take place at the Shetland Museum on Saturday 29 February from midday to 4pm.

It is being organised by Relay For Life Shetland in conjunction with Da Wedding Shed.

A range of wedding-themed companies will be present, while a raffle will also be held which could see someone go home with a £1,500 wedding dress or two bridesmaid dresses.

Wedding dresses from the 1950s through the 1970s will also be on show thanks to Islesburgh Drama Group.

Event chair Martin Henderson said: “The Relay for Life committee are really excited about this addition to our events for 2020, we are extremely grateful to Da Wedding Shed and the exhibitors.

“Our work is as much about celebrating life as raising money and I can’t think of a better way of doing that than a wedding fair.”

Braeback will be playing Mareel on 19 February.

AWARD-winning Scottish folk group Breabach are heading north for a gig in Lerwick later this month.

The band – who bagged the album of the year prize at last year’s MG Alba Scots Trad Music Awards – will play Mareel on 19 February.

Brebach bring together the talents of Megan Henderson (fiddle, vocals), James Lindsay (double bass, vocals), Calum MacCrimmon (bagpipes, whistle, bouzouki, vocals), James Duncan Mackenzie (bagpipes, flute, whistle) and Ewan Robertson (guitar, vocals, cajon).

Tickets for the gig are available via the Shetland Arts box office.