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IT HAS been a rare sight in the Covid era, but a torch-lit procession will be taking place in Yell in late February as part of alternative Cullivoe Up Helly Aa arrangements.

The procession will take place at 8pm on 25 February as part of the Raven Banner Ball, which is being held due to the usual festivities being postponed again.

The procession will be followed by live music from Fleetwood Mac tribute act The Chain at the Cullivoe Hall.

The following night there will be a dinner dance with the James Leask Band at the hall.

Entry is payable on the door for the first night, while tickets are available for the dinner dance.

THE LATEST Covid case figures show the number of positive test results in Shetland continuing at a steady pace.

A total of 29 PCR and lateral flow test results were reported today (Monday).

There were 35 reported on Sunday and 29 on Saturday.

LERWICK Port authority has joined a nationwide scheme to encourage conversations about mental health.

It is taking part in ‘Time to Talk Day’ on 3 February.

TUESDAY’s north and southbound NorthLink passenger ferry journeys are under review, with arrivals into Kirkwall likely to be affected.

The northbound freight sailing from Aberdeen to Lerwick may also be delayed.

LERWICK has featured in a list of the ‘top ten most welcoming places in the UK’ for 2022.

The list, compiled by Booking.com, also includes Kirkwall in Orkney and Wick in the Highlands.

The top ten has been created from a study of more than 232 million verified reviews on Booking.com.