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Community / New playhouses promote Norway link

From left to right: DITT apprentices Alexandra Madden and Lee Sinclair, Hame Fae Hame bairns Leonard Jackson, Mollie Silver and Frankie Caithness (all aged three), nursery manager Kaye Sandison and DITT managing director Peter Tait. Photo: Chris Cope/Shetland News

SCALLOWAY’s links with Norway have been strengthened that little bit more after playhouses inspired by the country were installed in one of the village’s nurseries.

The Norwegian-style playhouses were designed and built by local construction firm DITT and put up in the grounds at Hame Fae Hame.

Scalloway was used as base for the covert World War II Shetland Bus operation in support of the resistance movement in Nazi-occupied Norway.

One hope is that the playhouse could help with telling bairns about the story of the Shetland Bus.

Nursery manager Kaye Sandison said the project – which was partly paid for by a national childcare fund – had “gone above and beyond expectations, and I can’t thank Peter [Tait] and the team at DITT enough”.

She said the children are “absolutely loving it”.

Photo: Chris Cope/Shetland News

DITT’s managing director Peter Tait said he was delighted with the way it came together, with apprentices Alexandra Madden and Lee Sinclair involved in the project.

“It was the ideal opportunity to give the new apprentices something they could get their teeth into straight away,” he said.

“Sometimes working on longer term projects, they’re not really seeing something come to fruition until a year or two years down the line, whereas this was short term project that they could identify with and feel involved with.”

The playhouses were designed by DITT architect Clint Cook.

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