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Thousands came out on 3 November 2012 to enjoy the last Lerwick fireworks display - Photo: Austin Taylor

WITH bonfire night rapidly approaching, anyone thinking of buying and using fireworks has been urged to do so safely.

The council’s trading standards team leader David Marsh is reminding people only to buy fireworks from licensed dealers.

It is illegal for people under the age of 18 to buy fireworks, and in addition they can only be sold between 7am and 6pm.

It is also against the law to set off fireworks before 6pm, and the curfew for Guy Fawkes Day is midnight.

“If you’re planning to set off any fireworks this year, we want you to enjoy them safely and responsibly,” Marsh said.

SHETLAND Befriending Scheme has been awarded £19,000 from the Life Changes Trust to allow the organisation to continue running its dementia services until 2023.

The service has been instrumental in helping reduce feelings of isolation and is enabling people to continue living as independent as possible.

Project co-ordinator Mairi Jamieson said: “It is brilliant to get funding for the dementia service for another year.

“This service is proving to be a benefit to the Shetland community and it’s great to see the difference it makes to an individual – this makes it all worthwhile”

Anyone interested in more information about the service or volunteering is asked to contact Ian Edwards on 01595 743964 or e-mail: befriending@shetland.org

SHETLAND Islands Council has launched a competition open to pupils in all secondary schools to design a new logo for the Shetland Climate Conversation, an initiative that aims to engage the community in the topical subject.

The winner will be announced on Friday 12 November, the last day of the UN climate summit currently taking place in Glasgow.

Climate change strategy team leader Claire Ferguson said: “We’re really excited to be able to involve the energy and creativity of young people in Shetland schools in coming up with a logo that hopefully captures the essence of those discussions.”

SHETLAND Tourism Association will present results of an isles-wide survey at their AGM, to be held next Wednesday in the Dowry in Lerwick.

Following the conclusion official business, Jolene Garriock of Island Vista will take the floor to present the results of the tourism services assessment she conducted on behalf of the association.

Garriock compiled a list of almost 300 tourism businesses across the isles and contacted them individually, firstly via a short online survey followed by a personalised follow-up call.

Initial results show that though the sector faces significant challenges, the picture is a little more optimistic in Shetland than it seems to be elsewhere across Scotland.

STA chair Emma Miller said: “Many of the results are in line with what we expected to see but there are a few surprises in there.”

OPEN training and taster sessions for the newly established Shetland men’s hockey team are being held in Brae in November and December.

The free events will take place at the astroturf on 10 November from 8pm to 9pm, 21 November from 3pm to 4pm and 24 November from 8pm to 9pm.

There will also be sessions on 5 December between 3pm and 4pm, and 8 December from 8pm to 9pm.

APPLICATIONS for round two of the 2021/22 Shetland athlete travel award scheme will open later this week.

The scheme aims to support local sports people with travel costs, and thereby improving access to competitions and development opportunities only available on the mainland.

Candidates can apply for sums up to £1,500. The amount received will be based on the applicant’s competition and training schedule as well as their awareness of where they are on their sports performance pathway.

The scheme will open to applications from Friday 5 November and close two weeks later.

More details on this scheme can be found online at: https://www.shetland.gov.uk/grants/shetland-athlete-travel-award