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AN EXHIBITION of traditional Shetland boats is being hosted at Fort Charlotte in Lerwick.

The display, which is in celebration of Scotland’s Year of Coasts and Waters, will include boats from the early 1900s through to 2016.

The display will kick off on Saturday (3 July) and it is due to run to 14 August.

It is part of a number of activities planned by Living Lerwick during the summer holidays.

To accompany the display, a town centre trail activity for all ages is being held which allows folk to find the names of hidden boats on a ‘Shetland boat journey’.

Anyone can take part by collecting an entry form from the tourist centre at the Market Cross.

Meanwhile the new LOCUS public art trail will also launch on Saturday.

It takes the form of a series of sculptures in the centre of Lerwick, while a map and trail guide has been developed by local designer Chloe Keppie.

Staff from project partners Shetland Arts and Living Lerwick will be at Harrison Square on Saturday morning to hand out guides and vouchers for a free tea or coffee for the first 100 people who follow the trail.

A digital treasure hunt will also be on offer for visitors to the town centre.

By finding the first QR code, participants will take a journey through the town centre gathering clues to reach the final destination and enter a prize draw.

A colouring competition is also taking pace for different age groups, with a maritime theme. Entry forms can be collected and handed in to the VisitScotland information centre.

Living Lerwick chairman Steve Mathieson said: “As businesses continue to recover from the impact of Covid closures, we are keen to offer activities which bring people into town to spend time in a safe and socially distanced way.

“The trails, hunts and exhibitions allow customers to shop, eat, drink, visit businesses and engage with the activities in their own time and in their own space.

“On behalf of businesses, we welcome all and would remind folk to sanitise their hands on entry to properties, wear face coverings unless exempt, and allow time and space for others around them.

“Shetland has benefitted from quicker relaxation of restrictions due to low case numbers, and we all want to keep it that way.”