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A BOOK documenting Scotland’s lighthouses is being launched in Shetland this Sunday (8 August).

Donald S Murray’s For the Safety of All will be launched at the Sumburgh Head Lighthouse at 3pm.

The isles based author will give a talk, while there will be live music from Claire White and Donald Anderson. Streamed music from Donnie Munro and Iain ‘Costello’ Maciver will also be on offer.

The book launch will be socially distanced. Tickets are free but booking is essential.


ROADWORKS to allow cables to be laid for the Viking Energy wind farm started at the Scord of Sound yesterday (Monday) – and they may last until June next year.

They are beginning on the A971 near the viewpoint overlooking Kalliness.

The work will be done progressively in 300 metre sections leading northwards down the hill, towards the Kergord junction with the B9075.

Overall, the length of public road that will be affected is around 1.6 miles.

Wherever work is taking place, the road width will be reduced to a single lane, with traffic lights in place to manage traffic flow.

A 20mph speed limit will be in place for the length of the roadworks to protect the workforce from passing traffic.

Traffic flow will be monitored to reduce waiting times and inconvenience as far as possible.

The work is required to facilitate the installation of the high voltage DC interconnector cable for the Viking Energy wind farm.


THE POLICE say there has been an increase in reports of ‘sextortion’ in Shetland.

Chief inspector Paul Daley said: “Sextortion involves the threat of sharing sexual information, images or clips to extort money from people, whether images actually exist or not.

“I would ask people to consider what they share and who they share it with. They should, ideally, only share pictures online that they are happy with their friends, family and others seeing.

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“It can be deeply embarrassing for people to fall victim to this type of crime. Refrain from accepting friend requests from people you don’t know.

“A reminder to parents of children who are gaming and streaming online to check the security settings on these platforms to try and prevent any offenders contacting them.”

Further details on this type of crime can be found here.


A HISTORIC boat which was used for fishing and by the council in Shetland many decades ago has benefitted from a £1 million restoration.

The Reaper, built in 1902 near Fraserburgh, fished in Shetland after the war before she was bought by the then Zetland County Council in 1959 to carry cargo.

She was renamed the Shetlander, and after the council stopped using the boat in 1974 she was bought by the Scottish Fisheries Museum in Fife.

The Reaper, based in Anstruther, is now set to welcome visitors again after completing a substantial renovation.


ANYONE in Shetland with an interest in the impact of flooding can respond to the national consultation on flood risk management plans, which is now open for responses.

The online consultation is being by led by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) and seeks comments on how future flood risks can be managed.

The flood risk management plan for Shetland, which includes potentially vulnerable areas, has been produced by Shetland Islands Council and is now available on the SEPA website for comment.

That plan says it is estimated there are 230 homes and businesses at risk of flooding in Shetland, but this could increase to 300 by the 2080s due to climate change.

The consultation can be found here.


YOUNG people in Shetland can call Skills Development Scotland’s (SDS) results helpline for dedicated results support from 8am on Tuesday 10 August.

The free helpline offers advice, information and guidance for young people and their parents and carers. The number to call is 0808 100 8000.

Around 145,000 pupils across the country will have their National, Highers and Advanced Highers confirmed after receiving their provisional results earlier this summer.

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