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Viking Energy's Aaron Priest with Shetland's young footballers and coach Paul Inkster. Photo: SSE

VIKING Energy Wind Farm has helped Shetland Girls Football Club kick off their participation in the Caledonia Super Cup with a donation of £2,500.

The money will help with the costs associated with the club’s trip to the tournament, which is taking place at Scotland’s Sports Performance Centre Oriam in Edinburgh this weekend.

Home to the Scotland national football teams and Heart of Midlothian FC, Oriam is considered one of Scotland’s best sports facilities.

Coach Paul Inkster said: “It is an exciting time for the team as this will be the first time many of the girls have played down south but hopefully not the last.

“The money will go a long way to help with our trip and ease the costs on parents and guardians.”

THE POLICE are holding recruitment events in Shetland in the coming days, both virtually and in person.

Police officers and volunteer special constables are being sought, with both local residents and folk further afield encouraged to get in touch.


On Thursday (7 April) a briefing session will be held on MS Teams with national recruitment staff and the local team in Shetland.

It will give people a chance to receive hints and tips regarding all stages of the recruitment process.

Meanwhile on Saturday (9 April) a face to face event will be held in Lerwick Town Hall between 2pm and 4pm.

Area commander Stuart Clemenson said: “Spaces are limited so if you would like to attend any of the above please register for one of the briefing events by contacting Policerecruitmentaberdeen@scotland.pnn.police.uk  with your full name, age and email address and your preferred date.”

The Police Scotland national recruitment team will also be travelling to Shetland in early May to engage with anyone who is looking either for a career change or to begin their working life in the police.

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They will be running police standard entrance tests, fitness tests and subsequently assessment days in Shetland over a condensed period.

Marjory Barrie of Brudolff Hotels receiving a certificate in recognition of their support to local unpaid carers from Kirsten Harcus of Shetland Carers.

BRUDOLFF Hotels is continuing its support for a scheme which gives local carers overnight stays free of charge.

The company – which runs the Lerwick, Shetland and Kveldsro hotels – has been part of the VAS Shetland Carers respitality scheme since 2018.

It recently received a certificate in recognition of its support for local unpaid carers.

The company’s Marjory Barrie said: “Brudolff Hotels continue to be involve as we recognise being a carer is such a difficult job and they deserve to have a bit of care for themselves.


“If we can contribute to that in any small way we are happy to help. In addition, it’s local, for Shetland people, so we are keen to look after our own.”

To apply for the scheme for yourself or someone else, visit here.

SCOTLAND’s farm-raised salmon sector has urged the UK Government to do more to speed up the removal of the bureaucratic post-Brexit paperwork system for exporting goods to the EU.

Salmon Scotland chief executive Tavish Scott warned that member companies have faced an extra £3 million in export costs each year since the UK left the EU.

In a letter to UK fisheries minister Victoria Prentis, Scott called for the shift to a digital Export Health Certificate (EHC) system to be accelerated by the UK Government.

THIS WEEKEND will see the return of the Shetland’s Got Talent fundraising event.


The talent show will take place at Mareel on Saturday (9 April) in aid of Cancer Research UK’s Relay for Life in Shetland.

Tickets can be bought from the Shetland Arts box office.

A NEW study has concluded that connecting offshore wind installations directly to oil and gas platforms would help decarbonisation and support economic activity.

The report was carried out by independent consultancy firm Natural Power on behalf of Crown Estate Scotland (CES).

It follows the announcement in February of the Innovation and Targeted Oil and Gas (INTOG) offshore wind leasing process proposed by CES.

It is the first leasing process of its type, bringing together the oil and gas industry and offshore wind sector to help achieve shared goals of innovation and decarbonisation.

Powering offshore oil and gas installations in the seas around Shetland with renewable electricity is a key part trying to make the industry greener.

Crown Estate Scotland marine director Colin Palmer said: “INTOG leasing creates a very attractive opportunity for operators and developers to progress a just transition and help meet the challenging decarbonisation targets set by industry and government.”

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