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SCOTTISH trad-rock supergroup Mànran will be heading to Yell in July to perform at a Tall Ships-associated event.

Cullivoe has chosen as an official cruise-in-company port for visiting tall ships this summer, and the island of Yell has come together to organise a festival of events and entertainments.

Based on and around the Cullivoe Pier between Sunday 23 and Tuesday 25 July, the Sail Yell festival will offer a daytime programme of live music, food and drink, amusements, and entertainment for all the family – as well as night time gigs.

Music will be a mainstay feature of the event, with other gigs and daytime entertainment provided by a whole host of Shetland’s best-known bands and artists. Full programme and ticket details will be announced in due course.

Social media accounts for Sail Yell have also been launched to help keep folk updated.

With late night ferries and extra buses to be organised from Lerwick, organiser Alice Jamieson is encouraging folk to book time off and get the dates in their diaries now for an outing to Yell.

“Yell has always been the place to come for a party on a pier, with a warm welcome to folk from all over Shetland – and to sailors from all over the world. We’re really proud that Cullivoe has once again been chosen to play its part in the Tall Ships coming to Shetland, and we know that this will be the perfect warm up for the festivities to follow,” she said.

Accordion player and vocalist in seven-piece Mànran, Gary Innes, is also well known for presenting the much-loved BBC Radio Scotland music programme Take the Floor.

“We are absolutely delighted to be performing in Yell as part of this year’s Tall Ships Races,” he said.

“Something we learned years ago is that when Shetland comes calling – you never say no! The islands are bursting with incredible musicians and music lovers alike, and you’re always treated to an atmosphere and reception like no other. We are really looking forward to experiencing that once again this July.”

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As Yell’s main port, the northerly fishing village of Cullivoe offers visiting Tall Ships the perfect mix of Shetland scenery and a bustling industrial pier – with safe shelter, berthing and anchorage – as well as stores, fuel, water, and other amenities.

The island also hosted a Sail Yell festival during the Tall Ships Races of 2011

Unlike a traditional race leg, the cruise-in-company leg of the Tall Ships Races is a chance for crews to visit some smaller ports and experience what they have to offer on their way to Lerwick for the main event in late July.

Harbours in Scalloway, Baltasound and Uyeasound will also be involved.

They feature among a total of ten destinations for the friendly, non-competitive event as the ships leave Fredrikstad enroute to Lerwick in July.

Shetland’s own sail training vessel Swan (LK 243) has already signed up to visit Cullivoe and take part in Sail Yell.

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