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Community / Community council suggests lighting Clickimin Broch in blue and yellow for Ukraine

The Clickmin Broch. Photo: The Shetland Flyer/Rory Gillies

LERWICK Community Council will look into lighting up the Clickimin Broch in blue and yellow to show support for the people of Ukraine.

The suggestion was raised by community councillor Averil Simpson during a meeting on Monday.

The idea received a warm welcome, with chairman Jim Anderson agreeing to look into blue and yellow filters.

Lerwick Town Hall has already been lit up in the blue and yellow of the Ukrainian flag, and the broch has previously been coloured to raise awareness for certain causes.

Anderson said the invasion was one of those things where you do not know “how long it’s going to go on for”, but Simpson suggested the broch could just be lit for a weekend.

On Saturday hundreds of people turned out to Lerwick’s Market Cross to show their support for the people of Ukraine at a vigil event.

It comes after Russia invaded Ukraine at the end of last month amid global condemnation.

Meanwhile a group of secondary six pupils from the Anderson High School have raised more than £250 for the Ukraine appeal by holding a clothes swap shop at Fjara in Lerwick.

A sale of new and pre-loved items is also taking place at the Hoswick Visitor Centre on Saturday (12 March) between 10am and 2pm, with proceeds going to the British Red Cross’ Ukraine appeal.

Shetland Solidarity with Refugees will also host a pop-up shop in Lerwick to raise funds for Ukraine.

It will be in the Toll Clock Shopping Centre in the unit next to the Olive Tree, opening on Monday (14 March) for two weeks.

It will open 10am to 4pm every day – not Sundays – and the group is keen to hear from anyone who wants to volunteer to help in the shop.

Local people have also been showing their support in other ways, from blue and yellow themed shop displays in Lerwick to Ukraine flags in gardens.