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The Shetland team celebrating their historic victory.

SHETLAND’s football team has been celebrating an ‘historic victory’ when they thrashed rivals Orkney 8 – 0 in Kirkwall on Saturday afternoon.

The local men’s team was already 6 – 0 up at half time. Goals came from James Aitken (3), John Allan, Calvin Leask and Ronan Grant plus an own goal by the home side.

The victory was the highest recorded in the 104 years of the Milne Cup.

Meanwhile, Orkney have retained the Lady’s Hamilton Cup after beating the Shetland team 2 – 0, also on Saturday. Goals came from Erika Poke and Claire Irvine.


SHETLAND Islands Council said that due to “staff shortages” they have been unable to collect non-recyclable waste in Unst on Monday.

Apologising for the inconvenience, the council said it would ask householder to “present their bins for collection tomorrow (Tuesday).”


THOSE who have received an invitation to take part in a follow up survey for Scotland’s Census are encouraged to do so.

While the main census is closed now, 1.5 per cent of households are being contacted again for a census coverage survey (CCS) which is a routine part of the modern census process.

National Records of Scotland (NRS) director of statistical services Pete Whitehouse said: “If your household is part of the census coverage survey an interviewer will have visited your home to leave an introduction letter and then returned to try to get you in to conduct a short questionnaire on the doorstep.

“If you’ve been away or busy during the summer holidays, you might have missed their visits. If you find a note or postcard asking you to get in touch, please respond.

“The survey only takes 10 minutes and you can also answer the questionnaire over the phone by calling 0800 033 4010 and quoting your reference number. If the interview has missed you on a number of occasions they will leave a paper form for you to fill in.”


North Sea herring.

WITH the Scottish North Sea herring season now under way, the pelagic fishing industry is encouraging local people to make the ‘silver darlings’ part of their regular diet.

Robert Duthie, chairman of the Scottish Pelagic Processors Association said: “Scottish North Sea herring is an unsung hero of the world of seafood. It tastes great and is healthy to eat, and is easy to cook.”

Ian Gatt, chairman of the Scottish Pelagic Sustainability Group added: “Our herring fishermen are committed to sustainable fishing, and with the stock in great shape, this is a fish that should be on everyone’s menu.”

North Sea herring is one of the most sustainable types of fish around and is the only herring fishery in the north-east Atlantic that is independently certified by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) for the sustainable manner it is harvested, an accolade it has held since 2008.