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SHETLAND Islands Council is advising that the A968 Tagon to Toft road – the isles road – will be closed at the Tagon junction during working hours from Monday to Wednesday (23 June) to allow for essential resurfacing of the road.

The closure will apply from 9am to 4pm, and the road will be open outwith this time.

People needing to catch the Toft ferry or travelling from the North Isles towards Lerwick need to do so via Brae.

NEIL Arthur won yesterday’s (Sunday) Simmer Dim half marathon in a time of 1:19:47 ahead of Karl Simpson who took 17 seconds longer to complete the 13.1 miles.

The fastest woman was Diana Tulloch in a time of 1:26:29 with Lynsey Henderson coming second.

More than 70 competitors participated in near perfect conditions. The annual event was cancelled last year due to the pandemic. Full results can be found at the organiser’s Facebook page.

SHETLAND Youth Theatre has been selected from 150 youth theatre groups across the UK to take part in a National Theatre digital festival.

The group will perform Tuesday, a new piece of writing by Alison Carr, which will be recorded and shared with participating students, schools and youth groups across the UK as part of the digital celebration of youth theatre.

Shetland Youth Theatre also performed the play at Traverse as part of their digital Connections festival.

Interim creative project manager at Shetland Arts Esther Renwick said: “I cannot express how proud we all are of the hard work, energy and talent that has been poured into this production; the company has worked online and in-person off and on throughout 2020 and 2021 to pull together a fantastic production in such difficult times.”

SHETLAND MSP Beatrice Wishart has called on the Scottish Government to coordinate practical post-Brexit visa advice along with Covid-19 advice for travelling musicians.

New arrangements force artists to apply for separate visas as they work across Europe. Separate visas are predicted to cost artists dearly to work abroad and regional restrictions further complicate the beleaguered arts industry.

“The minister has assured me progress has been made since I first raised the matter in January,” Wishart said.

“As we have seen in the islands, variations to regional Covid-19 restrictions have created confusion in everyday life. Let’s support our artistes through the barriers created by Brexit.”

A NEW leaflet has been produced providing information about the Hoswick nature trail.

The leaflet has been made by Garden and Ecology Trail Sandwick (GAETS). It is available from the Hoswick Visitor Centre, and it will be accessible online.

GAETS’ Juan Brown said: “The Burn of Hoswick is a delightful sheltered trail with well-established trees affording shelter to people and wildlife – one of Shetland’s hidden gems.

“The leaflet will help people identify the animals and plants to be found in the area. Access to nature has proven benefits to physical and mental health.”