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AROUND 100 driving tests in Shetland have fallen foul to adverse weather over the last decade, according to new data.

Like Shetland’s weather itself the number per year varies, from 24 in 2018 to zero cancellations in 2016.

The figures, obtained through a freedom of information request, showed that there were 101 cancellations between July 2011 and the end of 2020.

Last year three cancellations were reported due to the weather, but tests on the whole were affected by coronavirus restrictions.

DVSA chief driving Examiner Mark Winn said: “DVSA’s priority is to help everyone through a lifetime of safe driving.

“We work to ensure tests go ahead wherever possible. However, the safety of candidates and staff will always take priority and tests will be postponed when it is not safe to drive.”

WATER supplies which were affected by a burst pipe in Ollaberry are now returning to normal.

In an update released at 2pm on Friday, Scottish Water said it had carried out a full repair of the fault and was returning to normal service.

SHETLAND Recreational Trust in working partnership with the council to offer vouchers towards buying sporting kit for children.

It comes under the government funded ‘Get Into Summer’ campaign, and it aims to give people who may be struggling access to free vouchers for buying items such as trainers and swimming costumes.

More information on how to apply can be found here.

THE TIMETABLE for an event which encourages people to visit and spend time in Brae has been released.

Among the many activities on offer at Come to Brae Days include an eela competition, zorbing, hockey, a fancy dress sponsored walk and a giant bouncy castle.

The event is taking place next weekend (6 to 8 August) and more details can be found here.

SCOTTISH Sea Farms has won a hat-trick of prestigious Investors in People accolades for its sustained investment in jobs, training and employee wellbeing.

Head of human resources Tracy Bryant-Shaw said: “We have worked hard over the past three years to build on our 2018 performance and reach even higher standards.”

The company operates a number of salmon farms in Shetland and it recently bought Grieg Seafood’s assets in the isles.