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The lighthouse which took pride of place in Scalloway. Photo: Jim Mullay

THREE lighthouse sculptures which were temporarily installed in Shetland have raised thousands for charity after being auctioned off.

The Victoria Pier lighthouse, named Light Stitch, was created by Leah Pendleton, who took inspiration from Fair Isle patterns and the Shetland flag for her design. Photo: Courtesy of Lerwick Port Authority

A sea-themed lighthouse designed by artist Moira Milne which was located in Scalloway sold for £11,000 at the CLAN Cancer Support auction on Monday night.

The Fair Isle knitwear inspired Light Stitch sculpture at Victoria Pier, which was made by Leah Pendleton, sold for £6,500.

Yolanda Bruce’s The Way Home was sited at Sumburgh Head. Photo: CLAN

Meanwhile the lighthouse which took pride of place at Sumburgh Head – designed by Yolanda Bruce – raised £4,800.

A total of 50 lighthouse sculptures which were dotted around the the North East of Scotland, as well as the Northern Isles, were auctioned off.

In total, a massive £324,200 was raised for CLAN at the auction in Inverurie.

The charity’s Light the North trail encouraged people to “rediscover and engage with our beautiful region like never before”.

They were designed and created by artists from across the UK.

The plan was always to auction them off to raise funds for CLAN.

The charity provides support to people affected by cancer across the North East, Moray, Orkney and Shetland.