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DA WHEEL bar and nightclub in Lerwick is set for a new lease of life under fresh ownership.

The venue closed as Da Wheel for the last time on Saturday, with the establishment set to shut in the meantime while its new owners get to work.

It comes after a new company called Trench Bar & Nightclub Ltd – which is based at the Commercial Road premises – was registered in February.

Da Wheel said on its Facebook page: “Sukh and Riddi are taking over the bar and nightclub – and we are really happy that they are taking on this new challenge.

“We know they have lots of new ideas and the premises will be closed as they develop the venue. Look out for news about their new venture in the coming weeks – but as we close the doors we’d like to wish Sukh and Riddi all the best for the future.

“And of course, we would like to thank all of you – all our customers who have visited us over the years and all of our staff, past and present. We couldn’t have done it without you.”

PEOPLE are being invited to design a small temporary structure in Foula which would provide a sheltered space for people to enjoy the great outdoors in as part of a new competition.

The structure would have to “complement its remote natural surroundings and provide a peaceful haven away from the stresses and strains of modern life”.

The competition is open to any UK-based architects, engineers, artists, designers or students of these disciplines.

The winner of the competition will receive £1,000 and be invited to participate in the development of the ‘beacon’ in Foula.

It is being organised by outdoor footwear brand Merrell. More information can be found here.

Director Izzy Swnson with the group of young people who travelled to Salford for the National Theatre Connections Festival.

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THE OPEN Door Drama youths group has returned from taking part in the National Theatre Connections Festival at the Lowry Theatre in Salford.

As part of the festival, the company presented their production of Hunt by Fionnuala Kennedy on 29 April and received “awesome” feedback from the audience, the Lowry staff and representatives from the National Theatre in London.

National Theatre Connections is the largest celebration of youth theatre in the world with over 300 youth companies presenting one of ten specially commissioned scripts from established playwrights.

This is the first time the Open Door crew have participated in Connections.

The youth group came out of Open Door’s successful summer schools, giving people the chance to continue developing their drama skills.

NORTHERN Isles MP Alistair Carmichael has backed calls by the head of Scottish Power for more decisive action on fuel poverty ahead of the next energy price cap rise in October.

Carmichael warned that “now is the time to act, not when the snow and storms come”, but said that energy company bosses needed to play their role in softening the blow just as much as the government.

It comes after Keith Anderson, chief executive of Scottish Power, warned that as much as 40 per cent of households could find themselves in fuel poverty by October due to a further expected rise in the energy price cap.

He has urged a significant rebate for struggling families in order to counter this, funded by a long-term small surcharge on bills.

Carmichael said: “We need tangible cuts to energy bills in the here and now, or fuel poverty will only worsen in the coming months.”

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