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The Lerwick Community Fire & Ambulance Station. Photo: Shetland News

PEOPLE living in Sandveien and Sound in Lerwick have been advised that a domestic property training exercise will be undertaken by firefighters in the area this evening (Tuesday).

The training will run between 6pm and 10.30pm within the first square off Nedersund Road, and it will involve the use of cosmetic smoke.

The local fire station said on social media that while there is no reason to be alarmed, anyone with questions or concerns are advised are welcome to get in touch.

AN APPRENTICE carpenter from Unst has reached the semi-final stage of national award.

Marcus Goodhand, 18, is just one of 30 entrants left in the Screwfix Trade Apprentice 2023 award. More than 1,700 people applied.

He currently studies carpentry and joinery at UHI Shetland. Goodhand said: “To be crowned Screwfix Trade Apprentice 2023 would be an incredible accolade that would help me realise my potential and pursue my dream of becoming a champion of my trade.”


The winner bags a £10,000 trade bundle of tools, tech and training, with the final due to be held in May.

TWO Shetland skippers and the port of Cullivoe have been nominated in this year’s Fishing News Awards.

Valentia skipper Richard Grains is up for the under 10 metre fisherman of the year prize.

Skipper of the Defiant Robbie Jamieson has been shortlisted int he young fisherman category.

Cullivoe is also up for the port of the year award.

People can vote for their favourites online until midnight on Monday 10 April.

A POPULAR Lerwick takeaway business is up for grabs due to the owner’s ill health.

The Everest Thai noodle bar is on offer at £12,000 for a quick sale. Included in the price are all fixtures and fittings necessary to run a fast food takeaway.

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LERWICK Town Hall will light up purple to help raise awareness of epilepsy for Purple Day on Monday (27 March).

Purple Day was founded in Canada by nine-year-old Cassidy Megan in 2008 and is an opportunity to get people talking about epilepsy and dispel the myths and stigma attached to the condition.

Over 40 buildings and landmarks across Scotland which will be lit up purple on the day.

PLANNING permission is being sought for a 100 metre meteorological mast in Yell which would provide data for the proposed Energy Isles wind farm.

The mast would be located within the proposed wind farm site, and could be up for three years.

It would be capable of measuring wind conditions, including speed, direction, pressure, and temperature, and this data would inform turbine specification.

Approval for the 18-turbine Energy Isles wind farm remains under consideration by the Scottish Government’s Energy Consents Unit.


MEANWHILE plans have also been lodged for four ‘glamping’ pods on land in Scousburgh.

The site in question previously had planned consent for a house, but it never came to fruition.

A REMINDER has been made that all hosts of short-term lets across Shetland are legally required to obtain a new short-term let licence from the council under a national scheme.

Hosts who were already operating a short-term let before 1 October 2022 have until 1 October this year to apply for a licence. They can continue to operate whilst their application is being determined.

New hosts from 1 October 2022, who wish to set up and operate a short-term let for the first time, are required to apply and obtain a licence before they can accept bookings or receive guests.

For more information about the licensing scheme, whether an accommodation requires a licence and how to apply, visit here.

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