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News round-up / War memorial relocation, fishermen watching EU negotiations, HIE hosts export seminar

Quarff War Memorial group members Lawrence Tait, Graham Malcolmson and Linda Fox with Eileen-Brooke-Freeman of the Cunningsburgh History Group.

THE QUARFF War memorial group is hosting Sunday teas in the local hall later this month to raise funds for moving the existing memorial from the wall of the kirk to a different part of the kirkyard after the church fell into a state of disrepair.

Group chairman Robbie McGregor said the new home for the memorial would make it more accessible to the public, relatives and families of the men who are listed.

The memorial lists seven local servicemen who lost their lives during the Second Wold War, but research by the group has now also revealed that two Quarff men gave their lives in the First World War.

The group is putting together a small display of photos and memorabilia for the Sunday teas on 22 March and is asking any family members of the servicemen to contact committee members Robbie McGregor, Graham Malcolmson, Linda Fox and Laurence Tait with any photos and stories they might have.

McGregor can be contacted on 01950 477883 or robbieamcgregor@gmail.co.uk

SHETLAND Fishermen’s Association has urged UK negotiators to “stand firm” as talks over the future relationship between the UK and EU get under way.

Referring to the EU’s insistence that its fishing fleets should continue to enjoy the same rights in UK waters after December 2020 as they have had under the Common Fisheries Policy, SFA executive officer Simon Collins said Europe appears not to have grasped the fact that the UK is no longer a member state.

“The UK is legally a sovereign state once again. Sovereign states strike trade and other deals with each other in their mutual interests. They do not – or should not – claim rights to plunder another country’s natural resources,” he said.

“The idea that the EU should continue to occupy British waters as it pleases makes a mockery of our new position under international law.”

“Our negotiators need to stand firm in the face of such arrogance and deliver what they have promised – a coastal state with control over the fish in UK waters and the right to manage stocks in a proper, sustainable fashion.”

HIGHLANDS and Islands Enterprise is hosting an event at the Islesburgh Community Centre in Lerwick later this month to encourage more businesses in Shetland to consider exporting as an effective way to expand.

The four hour seminar Grow Your Business Overseas will take place on Thursday 19 March.

Area team leader for HIE in Shetland Katrina Wiseman said: “The provenance and reputation that Scotland has overseas presents great opportunities for companies to export.

“Many businesses of all sizes across the Highlands and Islands have capitalised on this effectively and there are plenty of opportunities for businesses in Shetland to do the same.

“Knowing where to start an international trade journey can be tricky but this workshop will help to equip attendees with the knowledge and support they require to take the first steps.”

For further information and to book a place at the exporting workshop in Lerwick on Thursday 19 March from 9am to 1pm, visit HIE’s website at www.hie.co.uk/international