Also in the news / Tow-in, drink-driving, lockdown, bikeability, food tool and Refresh Now

Also in the News is our regular round-up of news snippets that didn’t quite made the ‘frontpage’.

  • Lerwick lifeboat was called out on Tuesday to assist the creel boat Cornucopia that had fouled her propeller with a rope while working off Levenwick. The lifeboat took the vessel with one crew on board under tow and arrived back in Lerwick at just before 3pm.

  • A man who admitted driving over the limit has had his sentence deferred until next month. John Tait, of East Burrafirth, admitted the charge at Lerwick Sheriff Court on Tuesday after appearing from custody. The 70-year-old, who was released on bail, also admitted a careless driving charge.

  • As mainland Scotland moves out of level four lockdown this weekend with the ‘Stay at home’ advice changing to ‘Stay local’, there will be no impact on the Scottish islands which are currently in level three.
    Significant changes for Shetland are expected later in April when all pupils are expected to go back to school after the Easter break and, crucially, once a decision is made on whether Shetland will move to level two or stay in level three after 26 April.

  • A new campaign has been launched to remind people to be safe when driving or cycling as the better weather approaches. Drivers are encouraged to give cyclists plenty of space, and cyclists are reminded to be aware of any traffic build-up and to be ready to pull over.
    The SIC’s road safety officer Elaine Skinley said: “We’ll be running the usual Bikeability training in Shetland’s primary schools after the Easter break, and there’s plenty of information online around road safety for drivers and cyclists, but in the meantime the message is ‘share the road, and stay safe.”

  • Shetland Food and Drink has created a suite of new digital and print tools to celebrate the isles’ farmed salmon and mussels as well as wild caught fish and shellfish.
    There is a dedicated seafood provenance area on the Taste of Shetland website including recipes, a downloadable map of local seafood champions and an interactive poster on all the main species caught in the waters around Shetland.

  • Shetland Arts’ Refresh Now programme will kick off on Thursday (1 April) with artist and musician Renzo Spiteri’s Sonic Interactions project.
    It features recordings and sounds from four outdoor sites across Shetland, and it will be found online and at the NorthLink ferry terminal and Sumburgh Airport. More info can be found here.