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THE ORGANISERS of next year’s visit of the Tall Ships Races to Lerwick are appealing for local businesses interested in supporting the event to come forward.

The races, which stop off in Lerwick between 26-29 July 2023, will be the biggest event staged in Shetland for more than a decade.

While it is attracting significant grant funding from EventScotland and Shetland Islands Council, Tall Ships organisers say generating greater income from sponsorship is pivotal to delivering the best possible experience for trainees, visitors and locals.

Emma Miller of Shetland Tall Ships Ltd. said: “We really want to make sure we extend the invitation to give as many local businesses as possible the opportunity to be involved.”

A variety of sponsorship options are available, ranging from the basic Cadet’s Deck contribution up to the full Admiral’s Deck host port sponsor package, while organisers are also happy to look at a bespoke arrangement if a business wishes to put their money behind a specific aspect of the event.


A JOINT exhibition featuring two Shetland based artists is being held in Aberlady near Edinburgh.

Work by Paul Bloomer and Howard Towll will be on show at the Scottish Ornithologists’ Club gallery until 13 November.

The organisers said of the artists: “They both draw much inspiration from the wilderness of the islands, the wildlife, the constantly changing weather and light.

“Both also share a talent for printmaking, woodcuts and etchings in particular, and these form the core of this exhibition.”

The exhibition is open Wednesday to Sunday, 10am to 4pm. It is free entry.


SHETLAND Wool Week will enjoy some promotion tonight (Thursday) on Jo Whiley’s BBC Radio 2 show.

In honour of the festival the theme of the show is wool – with people asked to think of song suggestions related to wool.

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People can email song ideas to jo.whiley@bbc.co.uk ahead of the programme kicking off at 7.30pm.


THE CONTRIBUTION of Shetland’s fishing industry to tackling climate change will be underlined tomorrow (Friday) at a Sustainable Seafood Showcase at Lerwick Town Hall between 11am and 2pm.

Part of Shetland Climate Week, the event will feature Fishermen’s Association (SFA) and Shetland Shellfish Management Organisation (SSMO), Shetland Islands Council, Taste of Shetland and other local seafood representatives.

SFA executive officer Daniel Lawson said: “I hope as many people as possible come along to find out more about how Shetland’s biggest industry is tackling climate change.

“We have a modern, fuel-efficient fleet that is committed to sustainable fishing, and fish has the lowest carbon cost of all comparable forms of nutritious protein.

“Every SFA member vessel is signed up to KIMO’s Fishing for Litter scheme; our pelagic nets are recycled; and the industry is working with the ORION project to research future eco-friendly fuels.”


BUSINESSES and suppliers interested in emerging new innovations in the construction sector are being encouraged to attend a showcase and conference in Shetland next week.

The event will also appeal to anyone who wants to find out more about careers in the sector. Industry experts will gather at Mareel in Lerwick on 6 October for the ‘Innovation and Skills Showcase and Conference’.

The showcase is at 3pm-5pm and will be followed by the conference 5pm-8pm.

The event is organised by Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE), which, along with other organisations, will host a stand to offer advice and information on funding support.


A NUMBER of Shetland themed events will take place this October as part of the Scottish International Storytelling Festival.

Storyteller Jan Bee Brown and musician Renzo Spiteri will reinterpret 200 years of Shetland’s former whaling industry through story, percussion and song in Leviathan – Boom-Bust-Boom!.

It will tour around five site-specific community venues in Shetland between 14 and 29 October.

They will gather and share local stories, with the pair tracing the transition of a once booming business to today’s ecotourism, by sharing the stories and songs of the women and men that have shaped Shetland’s whaling tales.

People can also discover a Shetland story dating back to the 800s, steeped in both historic truth and elements of myth.

The Story of Auslag: A Saga from Unst (Sat 29 Oct) tells the tale of a Jarl’s daughter, Auslag was an outcast who soon became one of the most powerful figures in Unst, her home island

Based on Andrew T. Cluness’ Trouble With Trolls, Shetland storyteller Marjolein Robertson brings Auslag’s story to life with an event in Edinburgh.

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