Also in the news / Fair Isle flights, cost of living hub busy, monarchy debate

The airport terminal at Fair Isle. Photo: Chris Cope/Shetland News

LOGANAIR has confirmed that it will delay the reintroduction of flights between Fair Isle and Kirkwall.

It comes as a direct result of news at the weekend that the new Fair Isle Bird Observatory, which is under construction, may not open until August 2023. It was previously expected to open in the spring.

A spokesperson for Loganair said: “Due to the deferred opening of the bird observatory on Fair Isle, the revival of Loganair flights to the island will also be postponed to Autumn 2023 in line with the new opening date.

“Customers who have already made bookings will be contacted with options.”

A NEW hub offering support for people in the cost of living crisis has been busy since opening last week.

Early action programme manager Emma Perring said on Tuesday that 19 separate individuals/families had visited the building on the three occasions it had been open since last week.


This included people taking a mixture of items like clothes, blankets and hot water bottles.

The hub – at the former St Ringan’s Church in Lerwick – is currently open Mondays and Thursdays, from anyone to drop along between 1pm to 5.30pm, or at other times by arrangement on 0800 0308780.

It contains clothing for babies, children and teenagers, and items such as hot water bottles, blankets and duvets.

Staff will also be on hand to discuss support options for anyone, including finances and support for energy bills.

THE NEXT Althing debate will discuss whether the monarchy should be abolished.

Defending the motion will be Frankie Valente and Brian Nugent, and Robina Barton and Gordon Dargie will speak against.

The debate will take place at Lerwick Town Hall on Saturday 26 November at 7.30pm.

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