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Representing RNLI Aith and RNLI Lerwick at a special Long Service Awards ceremony at Hopetoun House last Sunday – (from left) Linda Simpson, Ivor Moffat, Frances Moffat, Jimmy Nicolson and Rhoda Watt.” Credit: RNLI/Ingrid Henderson

MEMBERS of the Lerwick Ladies Lifeboat Guild and RNLI Aith lifeboat crew have received long service awards.

Lerwick Ladies Lifeboat Guild volunteers Rhoda Watt and Linda Simpson received their 20-year long service awards on Sunday.

RNLI Aith crew member Ivor Moffat received his 30-year long service award, with fellow crew Jimmy Nicolson given a 20-year long service award.

Although unable to attend the garden party, Lerwick Ladies Lifeboat Guild members Georgia Grant and Hazel Anderson were each also recognised with 20-year and 30-year awards respectively.

From RNLI Aith, Raymond Clark and George Morrison have also both been recognised with 20-year long service awards.

Station mechanic at RNLI Lerwick Ian Harms has also achieved his 20-year long service award.

RNLI Lerwick’s lifeboat operations manager Malcolm Craigie said: “I’d like to say well done to all those recipients of long service awards for their many years of service to the RNLI in Aith and Lerwick.”

Halligarth in Unst. Photo: National Trust of Scotland

THE NATIONAL Trust for Scotland is looking for project development manager to help safeguard an iconic building on the island of Unst.

The trust said it was making a renewed approach in conserving Halligarth and opening up the property for visitors.

The National Trust general manager for Highlands & Islands Clea Warner said: “We’re really pleased to be making progress on our planning at Halligarth which is a place of unique nature, beauty and heritage.

“This role will be key in working with the community and other key stakeholders to deliver a project that brings the unique natural and cultural heritage to life for locals and visitors.”

SCOTLAND’s culture secretary Angus Robertson says he is happy to discuss the issue of fixed links further with Shetland MSP Beatrice Wishart.

The Lib Dem raised the matter in the Scottish Parliament this week.

Speaking after the exchange Wishart said: “I am grateful to the culture secretary for his offer of a meeting. Depopulation in the islands is a serious challenge and it must be addressed if we are to retain the unique communities across the isles in Shetland.

CULLIVOE Primary School in Yell has been reaccredited with a Gold Rights Respecting School award from UNICEF UK.

The award recognises achievement in putting the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child at the heart of a school’s planning, policies and practice.

Cullivoe Primary School, which currently has ten pupils on its roll, is the only school in Shetland to have achieved this award and one of only around hundred schools across Scotland.

The school last achieved a gold accreditation in March 2017.

Headteacher Claire Lawson said: “To have been reaccredited at gold reflects the work we have done to embed the principles of the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child in to our everyday practice.

“I would like to thank pupils, parents, staff and our wider community for all they do to support our school’s ambitions.”

MIKE Mongo, a long-standing partner to SaxaVord Spaceport, has announced that he has been selected to travel to space on the Blue Origin mission.

This news comes as the spaceport and Mongo prepare to host the second edition of the astronaut job camp next month in Shetland.

The camp will see children, aged 11-14 in Shetland, get a taste for a career in the space industry.

More information and how to register can be found here.

PEOPLE who were due to run floats at the cancelled Midsummer Carnival last Saturday have been invited to take part in the Shetland Pride Parade at the start of July.

The event was called off due to the weather forecast.

Shetland Pride is due to take place on 2 July and those with carnival floats have been invited to take part in its parade.

“We at Shetland Pride heartily welcome a number of the Midsummer Carnival floats to join our Shetland Pride Parade on Saturday, 2nd July,” organiser Kerrie Meyer said.

“Muster at Market Cross at 10.30am. Due to the route that goes through some narrow parts of Commercial St and finishes an hour later at Gibby park, please register your float first”. Full details can be found here.

Meanwhile both MSP Beatrice Wishart and MP Alistair Carmichael have voiced their support for the Pride event.