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Dr Li Sou of the Shetland in the Iron Age project. Photo: Shetland Amenity Trust

THREE of Shetland’s most prestigious archaeological monuments will be brought to life next week with the launch of interactive iBook Shetland in the Iron Age, together with a series of talks from five visiting archaeologists.

The iBook has been developed by Dr Li Sou, who recently completed her PhD with the school of Archaeological and Forensic Sciences at the University of Bradford.

The iBook includes 360° virtual walkable tours around Old Scatness Broch and Iron Age village, Jarlshof prehistoric and Norse settlement, and the Broch of Mousa.

Dr Li Sou will be summarising some of her key findings in the research project launch and series of talks will take place in the Shetland Museum and Archives in Lerwick on Thursday 26 May from 6pm-9pm.

Other guest speakers include Lyn Wilson of Historic Environment Scotland (HES), Professor Andy Wilson of the University of Bradford, Gavin Douglas, of HES and University of Stirling, as well as Shetland’s regional archaeologist Dr Val Turner.

Tickets for the launch event can be booked at the Shetland Amenity Trust website here.

THE SCOTTISH salmon farming industry has raised concerns about the impact of a possible trade war with Europe after foreign secretary Liz Truss proposed a new law to rewrite the Northern Ireland protocol.

Trade body Salmon Scotland fears that changes to the protocol, that governs post-Brexit trade between the UK and Northern Ireland while keeping the Irish border open, could undo its work to drive up exports to the EU in recent months.

In a letter to prime minister Boris Johnson, the chief executive of Salmon Scotland said the industry supported thousands of jobs in rural Scotland.

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Tavish Scott said: “Any deterioration in relationships between London and Brussels which leads to friction at the border, delays and queues for hauliers crossing to France or extra costs for our exporters could put us back to where we were at the start of last year when exports were in chaos.”

Registered squad No 1 has raised more than £20,000.

THE UP Helly Aa squad which walked the Lerwick halls route in January in aid of Cancer Research has raised more than £20,000.

The teachers squad recently presented a cheque of £20,800 to the Shetland Relay for Life committee.

Martin Henderson, chair of Relay For Life Shetland, said: “We are so grateful for this cheque from registered squad no.1 the “teachers squad”.

“I was lucky to be one of the welcome committee when they arrived at the Town Hall on the morning of the 26th January and to see their effort raise so much money is fantastic and really inspirational with the Relay being only two weeks away.”

Roadmaster patcher. Photo: SIC

DRIVERS in Shetland have been asked to expect some short delays on single track roads over the next month while repairs are carried out by a specialist vehicle.

The Roadmaster Patcher vehicle has arrived in Shetland this week, for its fifth annual visit, undertaking mobile repairs to potholes and other road surface defects.

The vehicle carries a supply of chips and bitumen and can quickly repair small potholes using a robotic arm, without the need for road closures.

The four-week long programme of patching has started this week. Locations identified for repairs include:

  • Fladdabister, Troswick, Troswickness, Netherton and Willal in the South Mainland
  • Cott, Tumblin, Vementry, Sefster, and A971 Walls to Brig o’ Walls in the West Mainland
  • Veensgarth and Scarfataing in Trondra, in the Central Mainland
  • Sparl, Graven, Brough, Skelberry and Brough/Neshion in the North Mainland
  • And Copister and Gloup in Yell

REPRESENTATIVES of the National Lottery Community Fund (NLCF) will be in Shetland next month to meet community groups, charities or third sector organisations who might be considering funding applications.  

Any groups or organisations seeking funding are encouraged to attend an evening workshop, where they will hear a short presentation from Dougie Spence and Toby Joss about the fund’s current grant programmes.

The event will take place at the Islesburgh Community Centre in Lerwick on Tuesday 7 June at 6.15pm. This will be followed by one-to-one appointments available from 7pm.

For further information, contact the SIC’s external funding officer Michael Duncan on 01595 743828 or by email to

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