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News round-up / Fair Isle facemasks, two charged over festive period, Catch company’s losses

BAKKA owner Mary Macgregor with her Fair Isle style knitted facemask. Photo: Liam Henderson Photography

A LOCAL knitwear designer says she is doing her bit for the response to the pandemic by selling knitted Fair Isle facemasks.

Mary Macgregor, of BAKKA, said the cotton masks are knitted in a three colour technique which allows for a “much denser fabric” than usual, adding that they were knitted as tight as the machine would allow.

The knitwear designer said the facemasks are proving popular – so much so that she has already had to re-order at the production unit since launching on Monday.


TWO people from Shetland were charged during the recent festive drink and drug campaign in the Highlands and Islands, the police say.

In addition to a previously reported incident on Boxing Day, a 25-year-old man was charged in connection with road traffic offences on 11 December at a car park in Sandveien, Lerwick.

Officers said across the Highlands and Islands 24 people were arrested for drink driving and 27 were arrested for drug driving.


THE COMPANY behind pelagic fish processing factory Shetland Catch has reported a pre-tax loss of over £500,000 for the year ending 31 December 2019.

New accounts from Pelagia Shetland Ltd pointed to a pre-tax loss of £528,450. This is an increase from the previous year’s loss of £463,474.

They say that margins and volume have been under pressure, particularly due to economic sanctions against exporting to Russia.