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Local outfit Birls Aloud at a recent fiddle and accordion festival, that will now have to step up its own fundraising efforts after charitable trust cutbacks. Photo Dale Smith
Birls Aloud at an accordion and fiddle festival. Photo Dale Smith

THIS YEAR’s Shetland Accordion and Fiddle Festival has been rescheduled to 2021 as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

The event had been due to take place in October. Its new dates are 7 to 11 October 2021.

In a statement festival chairman Peter Leask said: “It is with huge regret and after much deliberation that the committee has taken the decision to reschedule the 2020 Shetland Accordion and Fiddle Festival.

“This decision was not taken lightly but in view of the ongoing situation regarding the Covid-19 pandemic and the restrictions thereon we felt we had no option but to take this decision. We deeply regret any inconvenience this may cause but feel we had no choice given the uncertain times ahead.”

Vice chair Una Simpson added: “The committee will reconvene and continue with plans to hold the 33rd Festival next year and look forward to welcoming you when the festival is scheduled to run from Thursday 7 October to Monday 11 October.”