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Community / Ships to salute the Queen as isles gear up for jubilee celebrations

Photo: John Coutts for Lerwick Port Authority

VESSELS in Lerwick Harbour will be encouraged to sound their horns or whistles at midday on Saturday to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

Lerwick will be the most northerly commercial port in Britain to participate in the national initiative.

Captain Alexander Simpson said: “We’re delighted for Lerwick Harbour to be part of this historic occasion and to enlist the vessels in the port to be part of the shipping industry’s national tribute to HM The Queen.”

Meanwhile there are a number of events planned in Shetland to mark the jubilee.

Also in Lerwick on Saturday will be a ‘spree’ on the street throughout the day with live music, bar facilities and games and face painting for children.

There will also be jubilee teas at the Peerie Shop Cafe that day between 11am and 4pm to raise money for the Lerwick Lifeboat.

A jubilee big lunch will take place at the Scalloway Youth Centre on Saturday between midday and 2pm.

Also on Saturday a jubilee teas event will be hosted by the Wastview Care Centre at the Walls Hall between 12pm and 4pm, with all welcome.

Over at the Quoys Baptist Church in Lerwick there will be a ‘jubilee jamboree’ on Saturday, between 12pm and 4pm, with everything from stalls, teas and music to a bouncy castle and a dog show. Proceeds will go to the Ukraine appeal.

A jubilee supper dance also will be held at the Whiteness and Weisdale Hall on Saturday night.

Meanwhile a jubilee high teas event will take place at the Carnegie Hall in Sandwick on Sunday between 2pm and 5pm.

Before all that there will be a bonfire at the Norwick beach in Unst on Thursday night, with the North Unst hall opening after for refreshments.

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