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Cars are required to pass horses at least at a car’s width.

HORSE riders and carriage drivers will be out in force all over Shetland on Sunday (19 September) to educate other road users on how to safely pass riders and carriages on the road.

The local equestrian community is participating in the national Pass Wide & Slow Campaign Rides aimed to advise drivers how to approach slowly and pass wide (two metres) and slow (no more than 15mph) when safe to do so.

A spokesperson said: “If you’re lucky enough to see one of these rides, please remember to smile for the camera as riders usually wear hat or body cams when out on the roads.

“Thank you for driving considerately and to enable us all to complete our journey safely.”


MUNESS Castle in Unst is back up for auction with a guide price of £175,000.

A buyer for Britain’s most northerly castle previously pulled out of a deal to buy the property.

The latest deadline for offers is 3pm on Thursday (16 September).


LOCAL dialect group Shetland ForWirds has been nominated for a national prize.

It is up for the ‘project o the year’ prize in the Scots Language Awards 2021.

Voting is open to the public here until 19 September before winners are announced on 25 September.


ISLES based writer Jen Hadfield, meanwhile, is nominated for a national prize which recognises nature or environmental poetry.

She is longlisted fo the Laurel Prize for her work The Stone Age.

The prize is created by the UK poet laureate Simon Armitage to “highlight the climate crisis and raise awareness of the challenges and potential solutions at this critical point in our planet’s life”.


STARSAILOR singer James Walsh is set to head to Shetland for an acoustic gig upstairs in The Dowry in Lerwick next year.

The event will take place on Friday 18 February, with support coming from Arthur Nicholson.

Starsailor, who reached fame in the 2000s, had 10 UK top 40 singles and two No.2 albums.

Meanwhile Walsh’s new solo album Everything Will Be OK will be released on Friday.

Tickets for the Dowry gig, which is being promoted by Ragged Wood, cost £22.50.


YOUNG Scot is calling on people in Shetland to help celebrate Scotland’s young heroes as nominations open for its annual awards.

The awards recognise the outstanding achievements of 11-26-year-olds from across the nation and the extraordinary work they do to improve their local communities and the lives of others.

Nominations are now open on youngscotawards.com, with the results set to be announced on 27 April.