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NORTHLINK has confirmed that its cargo vessel Helliar is due back into service from tomorrow (Friday).

The shipping company came under fire yesterday from local seafood producers  who had been unable to ship their produce due to delays in getting the Helliar back from dry dock.

Shetland’s fish markets were closed yesterday as a result of the uncertainties over cargo capacity.

NorthLink’s freight manager Kris Bevan said on Thursday: “MV Helliar is returning to service following routine maintenance.

“The next scheduled sailing will be the 3pm from Aberdeen to Kirkwall and Lerwick on 27 May.”

Superintendent Lindsay Tulloch with the Queens Police Medal (QPM).

FORMER Shetland area commander superintendent Lindsay Tulloch has received the Queen’s Police Medal (QPM) – and is now set to retire.

It was awarded by the Duke of Cambridge at an Investiture Ceremony held recently at Windsor Castle.

With 30 years police service superintendent Tulloch is retiring from the service in June this year.

He has served across the Highland and Islands Division, including six years as area commander for Shetland and latterly as superintendent for partnerships and prevention based at divisional HQ in Inverness.

“I have truly enjoyed my time in the police service which has been so rewarding,” Tulloch said.

“To receive this award at the end of my career is amazing, I feel very humble”.

THERE has been a “good level of interest” in both Park Hall in Bixter and the Bressay Lighthouse after Shetland Amenity Trust invited interest in the properties.

Assistant CEO Sandy Middleton said the trust was now reviewing the submissions with trustees.

Both leasing and buying the historic properties are options.

It comes after a review of the trust’s property portfolio, with staff looking to work with interested parties to get some currently vacant properties back into use.

PEOPLE are being encouraged to volunteer at this weekend’s Relay For Life event in Lerwick.

Roles include helping to build the site, running an attraction at the gala, selling raffle tickets and bringing down some tray bakes.

Relay for Life Shetland chair Martin Henderson said: “One in two of us will need treatment for cancer in our lifetime but all of us will experience seeing a friend or a family member go through their own cancer journey.

“The relay is as much about celebrating our survivors and remembering those no longer with us as it is about being part of larger community that supports everyone that is impacted.”

Volunteers are needed to help build and pack away the relay site on Friday (27 May) and Sunday (29 May) and work a stall at the Gala Day from midday the Saturday.

Anyone who would rather bake contributions is more than welcome to deliver the treats to the tea tent by 11.30am on Saturday.

People can email shetlandrelaychair@yahoo.co.uk with any offers of help and support.

People are also welcome to support the relayers at the Clickimin from 8pm on Saturday to 8am the following morning.

SCOTTISH Sea Farms is working towards achieving Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) certification for its processing and packing facility in Scalloway.

Considered one of the most demanding of all global seafood certification schemes, there are currently 11 ASC Standards covering 17 farmed species.

Scottish Sea Farms has now achieved its first ASC certifications, setting itself the target of having up to five farms and facilities accredited by the end of 2022.

Following the company’s takeover of Grieg Seafood Shetland last year, Scottish Sea Farms now employs nearly 300 staff in the isles.