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The emergency exercise involved fire. Photo: Ronnie Robertson

A FULL scale exercise involving all emergency services took place at Sumburgh Airport on Saturday.

The exercise takes place every four years.


PEOPLE are still being advised against leaving any unwanted items in decent condition at the side at the dump in Lerwick as Covid guidance remains in place.

A spokesperson for Shetland Islands Council said it would prefer people donate reusable items to places like Shetland Home Co, the Nesting Scrapstore or Buckland SCRAN.

They said: “When we reopened the site after the first lockdown in June 2020, we discouraged the public from leaving unwanted items that were still in good condition – and this is still the case.

“We’d prefer anyone with useable items to donate them locally for reuse in the community, such as Shetland Home Co in Lerwick, the Nesting Scrapstore, or Bruckland SCRAN in Northmavine.

“There’s also now more options to dispose of unwanted items online, either for sale or free.”


SHETLAND Library has won a highly commended trophy at a recent national libraries awards ceremony.

It was recognised in the library service excellence award category for whole service renewal.

The SLIC awards recognise the commitment, creativity and value libraries across Scotland offer the people and communities they serve, acknowledging exceptional innovation and service design.


SERCO NorthLink Ferries has announced the winners of its first short story competition, which saw more than 50 people enter.

Leona Mullay was the winner of the short story set in Shetland (adult) category, while Amber Patterson was recognised in the corresponding child category.

Adult entrants competed for a chance to win free round-trip travel with NorthLink Ferries, while the winners of the children’s categories are set to be rewarded with £30 book tokens.

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