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Council / Plans lodged to relocate Jimmy Perez plaque outside court

The plaque marking the positive impact the BBC crime drama has had on Shetland. Photo: Mark Mainz/BBC

A PLANNING application has now been submitted to install the currently homeless Jimmy Perez star plaque outside Lerwick Sheriff Court.

The Hollywood style star was unveiled in 2021 by Shetland actor Douglas Henshall outside a lodberry in Lerwick which features in the TV show.

But it was removed at the end of the year following representation from the owner of the famed lodberry, with concerns over safety as well as a lack of consultation.

Lerwick Sheriff Court.

The council told Shetland News after the unveiling that the planning service, “after assessing the situation, did not invite an application for consent for the proposed plaque”.

The council said at the time the plaque would be relocated and a spot in front of the court’s steps has been selected – with a planning application going in this time.

The court building is used as the exterior of the police station in the popular crime drama.

The idea for the plaque, which honours Henshall and the positive impact the TV show has had on the isles, came about following a meeting between VisitScotland, the SIC and Living Lerwick.

There was a desire to mark the series and its boost on tourism in the isles, and to demonstrate how Shetland could “pay its own tribute to the man who brought the character of Detective Inspector Jimmy Perez to life so brilliantly”, VisitScotland said at the time.

It was installed outside the historic seafront lodberry, built in the 1700s, which acts as the home of Henshall’s character Jimmy Perez in the series.

The actor has now called time on his involvement in Shetland, but an eighth series is due to be filmed next year.

Plaque honouring TV show unveiled in Lerwick by actor Henshall

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