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News round-up / Spat at bouncer, NAFC long serving staff members, Iceland foodie tour, new guided tours on board the Swan

A young man who spat in a bouncer’s face and threatened staff at Posers nightclub in Lerwick has been fined at the town’s sheriff court.

Henry Alexander Oldbury, of Longfield, Dunrossness, admitted behaving in a threatening and abusive manner and a charge of assault by spitting in the man’s face on 21 December last year.

The court heard that Oldbury had been turned away from Posers earlier in the evening before returning at midnight when he argued and became aggressive with door staff before the police arrived and arrested him.

Sheriff Ian Cruickshank fined the 18-year old a total of £335 and ordered him to pay the complainer £75 in compensation plus £20 to the victim surcharge fund.

The NAFC Marine Centre has marked the long service of two staff members who have worked there for a total of 45 years: Caroline Hepburn and Saro Saravanan.

Saro Saravanan and Caroline Hepburn with their long serving staff certificates. Photo: NAFC Marine Centre

Caroline Hepburn joined the then Shetland Fishermen’s Training Association (SFTA) in October 1998, which was absorbed into the NAFC later, organising training for the local fishing and aquaculture industries.

Saro joined the NAFC as a hatchery technician in 2000 after first arriving at the centre from his native India two years earlier to enrol on a HNC course in fisheries science.

Today he is an internal verifier in the college’s training and skills department where he maintains the academic quality of the aquaculture training and develops the NAFC’s online courses.

NAFC’s head of aquaculture training, Stuart Fitzsimmons, said: “Saro and Caroline have been excellent ambassadors for the NAFC Marine Centre over many years, and their excellent services are greatly appreciated by staff, students and industry.”

Two representatives of Shetland Food and Drink are heading to Iceland on a three-day food tourism fact finding tour.

Owner of Island Fish Shetland John Martin Tulloch and Shetland Food and Drink manager Claire White have been selected by Seafood Scotland to join nine other seafood sector participants from across Scotland in visiting Akureyri, Siglufjörður, Stykkisholmur and Reykjavik.

Attractions en route include a fish factory serving fermented shark, an inn specialising in Icelandic lamb, a herring museum, a brewery and beer spa, a tannery and a Viking sushi boat tour.

The trip is intended to show how a different country is developing business towards food tourism

White added: “This will be my fourth visit to Iceland, a place which feels similar to Shetland in many ways.

“It will be good to focus on the culinary offering this time round, and to be inspired by a country which has fully developed its tourism potential.”

Shetland tour guide Laurie Goodlad has entered into a partnership with the Swan Trust to offer guided tours of Lerwick harbour on board the historic herring drifter Swan.

Four half day tours will initially take in place in May

“Shetland’s maritime past holds a dear place in my heart, as the daughter of a fisherman I guess it’s in my blood,” she said.

“I regularly do walking tours around Lerwick for visitors and locals throughout the summer months and being on the Swan will allow us to see Lerwick from a unique perspective so I’m really looking forward to doing these tours.”

To book a harbour tour, e-mail info@swantrust.com.