Also in the News is our regular round-up of news snippets that didn’t quite make the ‘frontpage’.
- The hands of the clock faces at Lerwick Town Hall will stay at 12 noon for the time being, after the mechanism was damaged in the recent cold weather, although the chimes will continue to operate every quarter hour. A council spokesperson said that during northerly gales and sub-zero temperatures earlier this week a pin in the clock mechanism broke when the hands of the north clock face became stuck due to the build-up of snow and ice.
- Edinburgh Tradfest will kick off on Friday 30 April with a specially commissioned event originally planned for the 2020 event – Shetland Springs: a celebration of the Shetland fiddle tradition. Presented in association with Shetland Folk Festival, the hour-long online concert is curated by Catriona Macdonald and will feature performances from Catriona herself, Margaret Robertson, Chris Stout and Ross Couper. Tickets for this and the other events in the programme will go on sale at midday tomorrow (Friday 9 April) via www.edinburghtradfest.com
- Shetland transport partnership ZetTrans has launched a consultation on public transport fares in Shetland. The survey seeks suggestions on how an alternative fare structure could deliver environmental, social and economic benefits for Shetland. The survey can be found at www.zettrans.org.uk/about/consultations and the closing date to respond is midnight on Monday 19 April. Paper copies are available by calling 01595 744868.
- NHS Shetland has been awarded a walking accreditation after 30 of its employees finished a step count challenge by completing more than 15 million steps over a four week period. The Walk at Work award promotes the benefits of everyday walking at the workplace.
- A number of iconic landmarks throughout the country, including Lerwick’s Mareel, will be illuminated blue on Sunday to show their support for World Parkinson’s Day. More than 50 people in Shetland are living with progressive brain condition. There is no cure for the neurological condition.
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