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News round-up / Foodbank donation, 4G for Reawick, Aberdeen moves to level three, football sponsorship, district heating video

Loganair customer services agent Kirsten Flett hands over supplies to David Grieve of Shetland Food Bank at Sumburgh Airport. Photo: Dave Donaldson

LOGANAIR has flown supplies to foodbanks across the Highlands and Islands, including Shetland.

At the request of the various charities, a selection of toiletries – including shower gel, toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo and hand soap – were flown this week.

The quantities are enough for 75 people at each location.

The initiative was funded by savings Loganair has made by not having an in-flight service during the pandemic.

Chief executive Jonathan Hinkles said the airline was “pleased to help these very worthy causes”.

4G mobile data is now live in Reawick following the installation of a new mast.

The EE service was introduced as part of the Scottish Government’s 4G infill programme.

The project aims to provide 4G connectivity to areas which previously had no coverage.

“We are currently dealing with a global health emergency, and during this, digital connectivity is crucial in ensuring Scotland’s social and economic recovery,” Scottish connectivity minister Paul Wheelhouse said.

ABERDEEN has been placed into level three of the Scottish coronavirus restrictions.

This means it will be an offence for Shetlanders to visit the city for non-essential reasons.

The change will come into effect from 6pm on Friday (18 December).

Shetland remains in level one following the Scottish Government’s latest review of restrictions today (Tuesday).

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LERWICK Thistle Football Club is continuing its ongoing sponsorship with builder’s merchants Jewsons.

Chairman Michael Duncan said the sponsorship has helped the club meet the cost of “delivering training, buying new equipment and so on”.

Lerwick Thistle, which runs teams from under eight up to senior level, has approximately 100 youth players and 30 adults on its books.

TEN YEAR old Thomas Leask features in a new video highlighting the work of Lerwick’s district heating system.

The video tells the story of how the scheme burns unrecyclable waste to provide lower cost, green heating.

The film has been created for Shetland Heat Energy and Power (SHEAP) by local film-makers JJ Jamieson and Liz Musser, and it was supported by Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE).

HIE’s director of community and place Douglas Cowan said: “This wonderfully engaging film uses a young Shetlander’s obvious natural talent, to get over such clear and important messages about how we must rethink our opportunities to ‘do the right things’ for our communities, and for the planet.”