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Community / Lerwick firefighters given jubilee medals

LERWICK firefighters have been presented with Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee medals as part of celebrations taking place around the country over the bank holiday weekend.

The medal is awarded to serving frontline members of the emergency services, prison services and armed forces who have completed five full calendar years of service before or on 6 February.

The medals were handed over by deputy lord lieutenant Jim Budge at Lerwick Fire Station on Tuesday (31 May).

Receiving medals were watch commander Colin Nicolson and crew commanders Jonny Wiseman, Jim MacLeod, Steven Nicolson and Scott Henderson, as well as firefighters Darren Hunter, James Nicolson, Amy Gerrard, Ryan Laurenson, Sophi Turnbull and Ryan Thomason.

Area commander Iain Macleod said: “On call firefighters are exceptional individuals who carry pagers and step up to protect their communities when they are needed most and I would like to take this opportunity to thank them for their commitment.

“It is an honour to see them receive this medal in recognition of their contribution.”

Budge said: “It is a privilege to present Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee medal to the firefighters at Lerwick Fire Station and I am delighted to see their service being honoured.

“I also take this opportunity to thank them and all the fire service crews for their continued dedication and commitment to the vital role they play in helping to keep our communities safe.”

Meanwhile the Shetland girl guiding group has been asked to hold a beacon event tonight (Thursday) to celebrate the platinum jubilee.

The evening will start with Shetland dancing and refreshments in the Scalloway Hall for around 50 Rainbows, Brownies, Guides and Rangers along with their unit leaders and other volunteers.

At 9.30pm there will be a short torchlit procession from the hall to the beach at Scalloway, before a bonfire is lit at 9.50pm, which is when all the girlguiding beacons are being lit.

Meanwhile in Lerwick the Union Jack is flying on top of the town hall.

Photo: SIC

Shetland Islands Council convener Andrea Manson said: “As our monarch for seven decades, Her Majesty The Queen has given a lifetime of service to the people of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth.

“She is a constant in so many people’s lives and has been a figurehead for our nation throughout happy times and turbulent times.  I am sure that many in our community will join me in sending warm congratulations on her Platinum Jubilee.”

Over the coming days a number of community events will be held across Shetland to mark the jubilee.