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A GROUP of six local creative small business owners have come together to hold a Jubilee Market event to coincide with the Queen’s celebrations this weekend.

The Toll Clock Shopping Centre will play host to the Jubilee Market which will take place in the vacant shop next to the Olive Tree from 10am to 4pm on Saturday (4 June).

Among the various crafts and treats on sale, there will be an exhibit of the original flag from the Queen’s royal escort fleet during her trip to Shetland in 1981.

It was gifted to a local Shetland family as a memento of the occasion.

The businesses taking part in the Jubilee Market are: Kaleidoscope Designs Shetland, Mix Up Sweets, Scarlet Dragon Crafts, Soul Supplies Studio, KD Craft & Designs and Isle EtchIt.

Market co-ordinator Robyn Jones, of Kaleidoscope Designs, said items on sale will range from clothing and sweets to crafts and collectibles.

“Our group would like to thank Malcolm Younger of the Toll Clock Shopping Centre for his support, and also thanks to our customers for attending markets in the Toll Clock over the past year,” she said.

“We are delighted by the public’s response to these markets and hope to hold them once a month for the rest of the year.”

Other Jubilee events around town and elsewhere are:

  • A bonfire at the Norwick beach in Unst on Thursday night, with the North Unst hall opening after for refreshments;
  • One of more than 1,500 beacons throughout the UK will be lit opposite the Aith lifeboat station on Thursday evening at 9.45pm;
  • A BBQ and games is planned at the Bigton Hall on Friday from 5.30pm. There will then be a procession headed by the local samba band to a bonfire site up the hill from the hall to recreate the one lit for Queen Elizabeth’s coronation. After this, there will be a social gathering along with entertainment from Odesa back at the hall;
  • a Peerie Jubilee Spree in Lerwick town centre on Saturday, organised by Living Lerwick, with live music, stalls and games between 11am and 9pm;
  • jubilee teas at the Peerie Shop Café between 11am and 4pm to raise money for the Lerwick lifeboat;
  • a jubilee big lunch at the Scalloway Youth Centre on Saturday between midday and 2pm;
  • Wastview Care Centre will host a jubilee teas event at the Walls Hall between 12pm and 4pm;
  • Lerwick Methodist Church will be open from 2pm-5pm on Saturday for Jubilee prayers;
  • there will be a jubilee jamboree at the Quoys Baptist Church in Lerwick 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;
  • jubilee high teas event will be served at the Carnegie Hall in Sandwick on Sunday between 2pm and 5pm;
  • and a jubilee supper dance also will be held at the Whiteness and Weisdale Hall on Saturday night.

If you are organising any other jubilee events, feel free to get in touch via our social media or news@shetnews.co.uk and we can add it in.