Also in the news / Tractor parade, LGBTQ donation, housing repairs paused, Mareel events off and more…

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A NUMBER of tractors put on a festive show in Lerwick on Thursday evening to raise funds for charity whilst spreading some Christmas cheer.

The Shetland Young Farmers event saw a parade of tractors cover a loop around town.

Donations were accepted for Dogs Against Drugs.

Founder of Shetland Pride, Kerrie Meyer, accepting a donation of £60 from Dylan Bain at Mainland’s Mini Market who raised the funds by baking rainbow pride cakes in support of the Shetland LGBTQ community.

SHETLAND Islands Council has decided to pause any routine housing repair work ahead of Christmas due to rising Covid cases.


Council tenants can still report all repairs and these will be logged and carried out when safe to do so.

The repairs helpdesk can be contacted on 01595 744399 or housingrepairs@shetland.gov.uk 

Emergency and urgent repairs will be prioritised and completed as normal. Details of how repairs are classed can be found here. 

MEANWHILE the council’s housing service is sending tenants information regarding the annual consultation on potential rent increases.

The service is also contacting tenants about changes to fire detection systems to comply with new national standards.


TWO performances due to take place at Mareel in the coming days have been postponed due to the Covid situation.

The drama When Santa Got Stuck Up the Chimney… The Truth and the Imposters’ improv comedy pantomime have been called off.

Shetland Arts is also reintroducing table service at Mareel at the Bonhoga Gallery as part of more stringent Covid protection measures.

Anyone watching a film at Mareel or attending the performance of Flitsang on Sunday afternoon is also asked to take a lateral flow test before heading to the venue.

ARENDAL in Norway has been announced as the fifth and final host port for the 2023 Tall Ships Races.

It joins Den Helder, Hartlepool, Fredrikstad and Lerwick.

Lerwick will host the event from 26 to 29 July when the fleet arrives in port from Fredrikstad in Norway.