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Zoe Buchanan (left) with fiancé Lucy Young.

A YOUTH worker who is originally from Shetland has been picked as a winner of Loganair’s ‘diamond ticket’ competition, giving her six free return flights which she will use to visit family.

Zoe Buchanan, 26, was nominated by her fiancé Lucy Young for always thinking of others before herself, despite recently discovering she is in kidney failure.

Originally from Lerwick, Zoe moved to Forest of Dean to live with Lucy in October 2020 and has only been able to visit her family back home once since, for Hogmanay celebrations 2020/21.

Zoe said: “I couldn’t believe it when I was told I’d receive six free return flights to anywhere on the Loganair network this year, the nomination from Lucy was a complete surprise.

“I’ll definitely be travelling the Birmingham-Sumburgh route on several occasions this year, and maybe take a holiday elsewhere on the network too.”


THE DEVELOPER of the Viking Energy wind farm says it will create 1,000 jobs a year to 2025 as it supports the UK Government’s new energy strategy.

SSE said applicants are being sought for a range of positions, including with the Viking wind farm.

Chief executive Alistair Phillips-Davies said: “We welcome today’s Energy Security Strategy announcement.

“It is clear efforts are immediately being stepped up to accelerate the country away from a reliance on volatile international gas markets and deliver the UK to a more independent energy future.”


THE LINE-UP for this weekend’s Shetland’s Got Talent event has been announced.

Presheeta Saravan, Oot O Tune, Clueless Chicken, Forget-Me-Notes, Thing 1 & Thing 2, Amber, Thomson and Skelburn will perform at the Relay For Life fundraising concert at Mareel on Saturday night.

The reigning champions Kirrmirren will also be on hand to help make the night go with a swing, and tickets are still available.


FERRY passengers travelling between Skerries and Lerwick will be required to provide more information when booking due to new legislation.

From Wednesday 4 May people will have to provide extra details like gender and nationality.

The council said this information is held by the booking office only and is handled and processed in accordance with the current GDPR Legislation.


ALL members of the Island Games will meet this summer in Guernsey to preview the venues and accommodation options ahead of the 2023 competition.

The games in Guernsey were due to be held in 2021 but it was decided to postpone them for two years due to the Covid pandemic.

The executive committee of the International Island Games Association met in person for the first time in two years last weekend. The meeting was held in Orkney, which is hosting the event in 2025.

Chairman Jörgen Pettersson said: “Next summer we will celebrate the NatWest International Island Games again in Guernsey.

“It will be for the 19th time since the birth of the IIGA in 1985 in the Isle of Man. Our Games will continue to contribute to friendship, competition and development of island communities”.