Community / Tall Ships organiser appoints security company

Granite Elite’s Logan Spence, Craig Fraser and Rebecca Smith meeting Shetland Tall Ships Ltd project manager Emma Miller in Lerwick Harbour. Photo: NB Communication

AN ABERDEEN-based firm has been appointed to provide security services for next summer’s Tall Ships event in Lerwick.

Granite Elite will bring qualified and trained personnel to Shetland and is also aiming to set up training sessions in the islands over the next few months.

That will enable anybody interested locally to attain the SIA (Security Industry Authority) licence required to work as a security guard.

Event organiser Shetland Tall Ships Ltd said the move should mean that the isles will have suitably qualified staff to ensure large-scale standing music concerts and other events can take place.

Founded in 2019, Granite Elite has a track record of providing security services to a number of large events in the northeast, including the Scottish Traditional Boat Show in Portsoy and the Royal Deeside Motor Show.

Managing director Craig Fraser said Granite Elite was seeking to expand its portfolio.

“We are ecstatic to be doing business with Lerwick Tall Ships and we’re looking forward to getting involved with the local community and helping make it a fantastic event,” he said.


“We’ll be coming into Shetland soon to do some training to get locals through their SIA qualification, with the aim of using a mixture of local staff and our contingency from the mainland.”

Tall Ships project manager Emma Miller said Granite Elite understands the nature of maritime events and the specific considerations for this.

“Craig and the team are working closely with us to ensure our event is safe and secure for all participants, and I’m delighted that they are also looking at ways of training local staff to ensure our ongoing events industry is supported to be able to deliver larger standing concerts again,” Miller said.

Meanwhile, Shetland Tall Ships Ltd is also looking to recruit local people interested in becoming ship liaison officers or taking on other voluntary roles for next summer’s event.

Anyone who wants to find out more can do so by visiting www.tallshipslerwick.com, email info@tallshipslerwick.com  or phone (01595) 502110.

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