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PEOPLE passionate about preparing, cooking and sharing local produce are being encouraged to consider hiring Taste of Shetland’s new mobile trailer over the summer.

Shetland Food and Drink (SFAD) launched the trailer at the Taste of Shetland festival last October and, while priority will be given to SFAD members, use of the trailer is open to all.

SFAD project assistant Joanne Williams said the trailer’s versatile, flexible equipment could be extremely useful for organisers of a wide range of community events.

It is kitted out with two large griddles, a gas hob and oven, a water heater and fridge.

“It can be used as an event, demonstration, retail, educational and pop-up catering facility,” Joanne said, “and is intended to assist with Covid-19 recovery by building awareness of Shetland food and drink in the isles and beyond.”


TWO local writers have featured in Scottish Poetry Library’s annual online anthology of the year’s best Scottish poems.

Maxine Rose Munro’s A Fine Day has been recognised in the Scots category, while Donald S Murray features in the main section for From Achanalt.

Both poems can be read online through this link.


THE LATEST issue of the New Shetlander has gone on sale today (Friday), containing fact and fiction, poetry and prose – often reflecting on recent and current events.

In the issue is work from contributors and writers such as Donna Simpson, Aaron Leask, Osla Jamwal-Fraser and Jim Mainland.

Viveka Velupillai dips into the development of digital tools to boost access to local dialect, while there are also features on Shetland history as well as poetry.


A NEW second hand shop has opened in the Bigton Kirk, which is now called Hymhus following a takeover by the local community group.

The shop is open between 4pm and 6pm on Tuesdays, and from 11am to 1pm on Saturdays.

The Bigton Collective said among the stock is books, toys, records, CDs, crockery and other items.


THREE local businesses have secured grants from the Scottish Wholesale Food and Drink Resilience Fund.

Grays has been awarded nearly £64,000, while Knowles was given almost £61,000. Shetland Freezer Foods received just over £58,500.

The fund aims to support food and drink wholesalers who have encountered or are encountering hardship as a result of Covid restrictions imposed on hospitality and on-trade.