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LERWICK Town Hall is flying the Shetland flag at half mast today to mark international workers’ memorial day.

The town hall will also be lit purple tonight to remember those who have lost their lives due to work-related incidents or ill-health.

Back in 1989, the American Federation of Labour and Congress of Industrial Organisations (AFL-CIO) declared 28 April as the day to honour the hundreds of thousands of working people killed or injured on the job worldwide every year.

THE UNIVERSITY of the Highlands and Islands (UHI) is seeking views on how its programme of education, training and research can support economic development priorities in the islands communities it serves.

An online survey is open to members of the community, public bodies, businesses and the voluntary sector on the three islands until 6 June 2022.

UHI islands strategy director Dr Beth Mouat said: “This project presents an excellent opportunity for meaningful engagement with island residents.

“The findings from this research will be invaluable to guide the implementation of the UHI Islands Strategy and will inform future development that can have real impact in the islands.”

The survey can be found here.

TOWN centre organisation Living Lerwick is running a free story trail as part of its celebrations of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

The Jubilee beacon trail is located at seven stops around Lerwick town centre, positioned so that families can explore the whole area. People use their smartphone on the national augmented reality initiative.

Participants will be guided on their trip by Sir Barnaby Beacon as he visits seven memorable and magical friends, like Charlie Crown or Theadora Throne, who have come to life from Buckingham Palace and gone on a trip to see Lerwick.

The trail takes about forty-five minutes to complete but can be completed in more than one visit. It is free to take part and everyone wins a free, digital fun pack at the end.

The trail works without the need to download or sign up to anything and will run from 30 April to 12 June. More information can be found at the Living Lerwick website.