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POLICE were called to a two vehicle crash in Tingwall on Wednesday morning.

No-one was injured in the collision but both cars were said to been extensively damaged.

A police spokesperson said: “We were called around 7.30am (…) to a report of a two car crash on the A970, Tingwall, Shetland. The road was closed while recovery was arranged.”

SHETLAND Community Orchestra is to join forces with the Shetland Youth Orchestra for a night of classical favourites and an exciting new work, all to take place at the Quoys Baptist Church in Lerwick on Saturday evening.

One of the highlights of the programme will be The Lark Ascending by Vaughan-Williams, performed by soloist Annalie Irvine.

The Shetland Youth Orchestra will then perform together with the community orchestra an arrangement the mystical storytelling work Scheherazade by Rimsky-Korsakov as well as performing several pieces of their own.

The concert finale is a new piece, Thought Train, written for the orchestra by Westside music teacher Alistair Justice.

He said: “I love writing music –the challenge of creating a rough, noisy sound and then spending time polishing it into a finished, understandable musical idea. Thought Train demonstrates this process – I have an idea, I try things out, I work through different versions before finally producing the finished piece. “

The concert starts at 7.30pm, tickets are £10/£6 concessions for sale at the door. Under 16s get in for free.

CELEBRITY chef and food campaigner Nick Nairn will be headlining this year’s Taste of Shetland Food and Drink Festival to be held at the Clickimin Leisure Centre at the weekend of 22/23 October.

Organisers Shetland Food and Drink said Nairn was impressed with the quality of the Shetland produce he tasted while filming earlier this year for BBC Landward and is now looking forward to the festival.

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The group’s chair Marian Armitage said this year’s festival covers three key themes – sustainability, community and knowledge.

Among the events not to be missed are cookery demonstrations, the Peerie Bites cookery competition, masterclass sessions, the Shetland’s Best Banger competition, Meet the Producers events as well as an international cuisine stall.

A full programme can be downloaded from Shetland Food and Drink’s website here.

Tickets cost £5 at the door, and under 16s are free.

THE LOCAL Trading Standards office and energy regulator Ofgem are warning people not to fall victim of a scam which falsely encourages people pass on their bank details to receive a £400 energy bill rebate.

Any deduction to energy bills will come directly from people’s energy supplier and will be automatically applied.

There is no need to apply for the scheme, the energy regulator said.

“Neither Ofgem or your energy provider would ask for bank details over a text or phone call to access the energy bills support scheme. You only need to contact your supplier if you have not received the discount of £66 by the end of October.”

David Marsh of the council’s trading standards department said his office was aware of this latest scam, “by text and via e-mail”, and added that people should not respond in any circumstance.

SHETLAND MSP Beatrice Wishart is calling on people in Shetland to dust off their aprons and get involved in this year’s Macmillan Coffee Morning to raise funds for cancer support.

This year’s Macmillan Coffee Morning is on Friday 30 September. Supporters can sign up to host a coffee morning for the charity on their website, where they can also find lots of information about the fundraising event, including recipes and hosting ideas.

“Whether it’s a traybake with friends at your house, a virtual coffee morning by screen, or a cuppa and cake in the office, there’s plenty of fun ways to join in,” she said.

Meanwhile, Lerwick’s Camera Centre is holding their ‘in-store’ Macmillan coffee morning one day earlier, tomorrow Thursday, between 10.30am to 3.30pm.

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