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Community / Live music and bar on offer at family-friendly ‘spree’ on street

TOWN centre umbrella group Living Lerwick is laying on a weekend of musical entertainment in the form of its first ever ‘Peerie Hairst Spree’ during the October school holidays.

Ten local bands feature on the two-day bill on Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 October along with bairns’ craft activities, face-painting and a bumper October trick-or-treat trail.

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Some 30 town centre businesses have agreed to take part, with staff from The Lounge providing a bar service and local takeaways geared up to provide revellers with plenty of snacks, hot drinks and meals.

Island Larder and Coffee Culture will both open on the Sunday to supplement the bar with hot drinks and takeaway food.

Living Lerwick said that with fewer people likely to be going away due to international travel restrictions and general Covid-related uncertainty, the spree was intended to “give folk a bit of light relief and a chance to come together to enjoy local music and food and browse the excellent local shops for a bit of early Christmas shopping inspiration!”

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Attendees will be asked to provide contact information on entry to the spree and will be required to wear face coverings while at the bar or moving around the marquee space.

The full music schedule will be published on Living Lerwick’s web and social media pages.

Acts confirmed to date are: Alice & Lorraine accompanied by members of Rack and Ruin, Charity Johnson, The Isaac Webb Trio, Ten Tonne Dozer, Arthur Nicholson, Oot o Tune, Milford Georgeson, Odessa and Zdenka.

The free, open-to-all-ages event will take place at the marquee, to be set up at the south end of Commercial Street outside the Royal Bank of Scotland from 12 noon until 6pm both days.

The road will be closed to vehicles from Church Road to the Market cross for safety reasons.

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