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From left to right: Shetland Football Association president George Smith, Shetland team manager Neil Fenwick, Shetland captain Erik Peterson and Loganair ground crew member Duncan Leslie. Photo: Brian Gray

LOGANAIR has signed a two-year partnership with Shetland Football Association (SFA) supporting the men’s senior football team.

The sponsorship deal, agreed earlier this year, means Loganair’s logo will feature on the Shetland team’s new home and away kit – which has now landed in Shetland.

Supplied by local partners Intersport Shetland and Cee & Jays, the Shetland kit annually outsells all other replica kits in the isles but the club need sponsors to meet costs of their production.

Loganair’s chief commercial officer Kay Ryan said: “Supporting and connecting communities is really important to us so it is great to partner with SFA so they can continue to compete in international games.

“We wish the team the best of luck for the season and in training for the Island Games next year.”

SFA president George Smith said: “Our association has historically been supported by local partners in a variety of respects, primarily to source, sell and sponsor our playing and replica kit.

“As the governing body of Shetland senior football, we greatly appreciate our Scottish sponsors, Loganair being the latest addition to this small but incredible list, and we look forward to working with them.”

THE PROGRAMME for this year’s Come to Brae Days event has been released.

The family-friendly showcase of Brae will take place over 1-3 July. The programme can be found online.

The Friday will include a movie night at the hall, as well as an eela competition.

Things will ramp up on the Saturday, with a host of activities on offer including football tournaments, a bouncy castle, Bookbug, a Gruffalo walk in the woods and a games night in the hall.

On the Sunday there will be a scavenger hunt, stalls, teas, zorbing and a carnival parade amongst other fun – while during the weekend the Delting Boating Club will host a regatta.

MULTI-award-winning food writer and author Diana Henry will be visiting Shetland later this month to carry out research for her forthcoming book North.

Photo: Chris Terry

Shetland Food and Drink said it is “delighted” to be hosting her visit, which will include meeting a range of folk involved in both the crofting and the fishing industries.

She will be visiting the Lerwick fish market, the abattoir, a traditional baker and the Northmavine Polycrubs.

The Bigton Community Hall will also host a Sunday teas on 3 July.

The trip to Shetland has been in the works since 2018, however illness and the pandemic have all interrupted this long-awaited visit.

Henry has been working on the North book for the last couple of decades, while also working as a food writer for The Daily Telegraph and authoring 12 other best-selling books.

North will be about the food and culture of northern countries, including Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Russia, the Baltics, Germany, the north of England, Ireland and Scotland, including Shetland.

The writer has sold almost one million copies of books worldwide to date.

A FRESH range of designers and makers are now on show at Bonhoga Gallery’s ShetlandMade exhibition, through to 24 July.

Those featured are Fraser Knitwear, the North Roe Pottery, Jayne Kelly, Paparwark and Avril Thomson Smith.

The ShetlandMade exhibitions celebrate craft and its role in Shetland’s culture and economy, as well as allowing visitors to discover and buy high quality craft and applied art.

The exhibition can be viewed during Bonhoga Gallery opening hours of 10.30am – 4.30pm, Wednesday – Sunday.

THERE are changes to Covid testing requirements for people coming into the Gilbert Bain Hospital for a planned admission.

From Monday 27 June NHS Shetland will be sending patients a lateral flow device in the post along with the letter setting out the details of their planned hospital admission.

This will replace the PCR tests that were previously in place.

Patients will be asked to take the lateral flow test on the morning of their planned admission date.