Community / Fun day postponed as more tributes paid to the Queen

Floral tributes left at flower park in Lerwick on Friday afternoon. Those leaving flowers included representatives from the council and Police Scotland. Photo: Shetland News

A COMMUNITY fun day in the South Mainland due to take place tomorrow (Saturday) has been postponed as a mark of respect following the death of the Queen.

The event, which involved the council, library, recreational trust and NHS Shetland, was planned to take place in Sandwick.

Shetland Geological Society has also decided to postpone the Violent Volcanoes and Fabulous Fossils family fun-day scheduled for tomorrow at the Peerie Foxes nursery.

Meanwhile more tributes have been paid locally to the Queen following her death on Thursday at the age of 96.

She visited Shetland on three occasions – in 1960, 1969 and again in 1981 to open Sullom Voe Terminal.

Shetland Amenity Trust said it was “deeply saddened” by the news.

The longest serving monarch in British history,” it said. “What an extraordinary life of duty and public service.”

Voluntary Action Shetland executive officer Lynn Tulloch said “the nation will feel the loss of a long standing Queen”.

The Union Jack flying at half mast on top of Lerwick Town Hall on Friday. Photo: Shetland News

The Lerwick Lifeboat crew also passed on their condolences.

“The Queen dedicated 70 years as patron of the RNLI,” they said.

“Her Majesty’s support for our lifesavers – and our cause – will never be forgotten.

“The crew of Lerwick Lifeboat were among the first to be introduced to Her Majesty and HRH The Duke of Edinburgh on the Royal visit to Shetland in August 1960.”

UHI Shetland also said it wished to pass on condolences on behalf of all students and staff.

Meanwhile a union jack flag is also flying at half mast at the Islesburgh Community Centre. The flag on the town hall has been at half mast since the news broke yesterday evening.

Earlier today Shetland Islands Council confirmed that it would be cancelling or postponing meetings scheduled for next week.

Lerwick Community Council has also postponed its next meeting, which was planned for Monday night.

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