Also in the news / Swan seeks new trustees, Viking to pause for funeral, beach cleans organised

Swan passing Bressay Light under full sail. Photo: Maurice Henderson for Swan Trust.

THE CHARITY operating the Shetland’s very own tall ship Swan LK243 is looking for new trustees to help shape the future of the organisation.

Chairperson of the Swan Trust David Goodlad said: “With the success of this season, and The Tall Ships Races coming back to Shetland next year, this is an exciting time for the trust.”

Many previous trainees have gone onto marine careers and, even those who found a life at sea was not for them, have stated that a sail training experience aboard the Swan was one of the best, most memorable and transformational of their life.

Built in Shetland in 1900, and part of a massive European herring fishery, the restored Swan is an important part of local maritime heritage.

Goodlad said the trust was looking for enthusiastic people with a range of skills and interests, including but not restricted to: marketing and promotion, finance and fundraising, the current maritime environment, and the maintenance and operation of heritage boats.


An application pack can be requested by contacting the trust at info@swantrust.com

CONSTRUCTION companies building the Viking Energy wind farm will join many other businesses and organisations across the isles on Monday and pause work for the duration of the state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II.

In response to a question by Shetland News SSE Renewables said work on the wind farm site will come to a halt.

“As a mark of respect, work at the Viking Wind Farm site will pause on Monday for the duration of the funeral of HM Queen Elizabeth II,” the spokesperson said.

FOR the fifth year running, Shetland’s largest salmon producer Scottish Sea Farms will be taking part in the Great British Beach Clean to help clearing debris from the coastline in areas it operates.

In Shetland, the company’s staff, friends and families will target the following beaches:

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  • Taing beach by Cliftsound – 1pm to 3.30pm on Friday 16 September (tomorrow);
  • West Shore beach by NAFC, Scalloway – 10:30am to 1pm on Tuesday 20 September
  • Burn beach, Scalloway – 11am to 1pm on Wednesday 21 September.

Overseen nationwide by the Marine Conservation Society (MCS), the cleaning teams will not just be removing litter, but they will also be recording what they find, so the MCS can compile a national database to help inform and shape future policy around protecting the country’s shores.

SSF’s environmental scientist Kirsty Brown said: “Whether you live or work by the coast, or simply enjoy visiting, it’s in everyone’s interests to help keep local shores clear of debris and also do what we can to identify the main sources and how to limit them.”

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