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News round-up / Eleanor completes jigsaw challenge, radical poetry from Shetland, concert postponements

THREE-year-old Eleanor Philip from Cunningsburgh has raised more than £500 in support of the Scotland Charity Air Ambulance (SCAA) by completing 20 jigsaws in less than a week.

Three year old Eleanor Philip raised £527 by completing 20 jigsaws in six days.

The charity assists the Scottish Ambulance Service (SAS) with an additional helicopter to airlift patients to hospital, and is currently fundraising for a second aircraft.

Parents Moira and Gavin Philip said they were “thrilled and extremely proud” of their daughter’s achievement and of the fact that she is supporting a sector which helped save both Moira and the unborn baby Eleanor three years ago.

“I was diagnosed with serious complications when 34 weeks pregnant and had to be airlifted from Sumburgh by the Scottish Ambulance Service’s fixed wing aircraft to vital hospital care at Aberdeen,” Moira said.

“We know the value of air ambulances for remote and rural areas and that SCAA depends on charitable donations to sustain its service, so it’s a charity well worth supporting.”

Eleanor’s jigsaws ranged from smaller four-pack puzzles with characters from Frozen, The Go Jetters, Paddington Bear and a jungle set, to the larger floor puzzles featuring dinosaurs and more jungle and zoo animals.


FORMER Brae High School English teacher Jim Mainland and local writer Mark Ryan Smith have published an anthology with what is described as ‘radical poetry’.

Almarks – the Shetland word for sheep which jump over or break through fences and walls – is said to be radical in different ways.

Some of the poems are explicitly political in content, while others are more indirectly observational and personal.

“They all strike an attitude, ignoring and breaking boundaries, and so are like almarks”, publisher Culture Matters said.

Illustrated with images by Lerwick man Michael Peterson, the anthology costs £8 and can be ordered via this link.


SHETLAND Arts has with a “heavy heart” postponed two concerts by Aly Bain and Phil Cunningham which were due to take place in August.

Those who already had bought tickets for the concerts in the Hillswick Hall (14 August) and at Mareel (15 August) will be automatically refunded.

A spokesman for Shetland Arts said: “If you paid by cash, please get in touch with us at admin@shetlandarts.org to arrange your refund.”

New dates for both concerts have been set. They are Friday 20 August 2021 at the Hillswick Hall and Saturday 21 August 2021 at Mareel. Tickets are not yet available.


ALSO postponed due to Covid-19 is a concert headlined by Scottish rock band Big Country, who were due on stage at Mareel on 18 July.

Promoter Alan McLeod said the concert has been rescheduled to Sunday 27 December.

Ticket holders unable to attend the new date can apply for a refund from admin@shetlandarts.org Tickets for the new date are on sale from www.tickets.shetlandarts.org