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Representatives of COPE, the Shetland Youth orchestra and the local MS Society gather to receive cheques from Janet Mullins of Enquest. Photo: Anne Clark

THREE local charities have shared just over £15,000 in donations from Sullom Voe Terminal operator EnQuest.

COPE Ltd will use its share of £5,100 to buy computers and labelling machines for some of its business operations.

Chief executive Steven Coutts said: “We are extremely grateful to EnQuest for this donation. This money allows us to purchase equipment which will enhance the support we provide at COPE.”

Celebrating its 60th anniversary this year the MS Society’s Shetland branch will use some of its £5,000 donation for prizes for the charity’s big birthday raffle, as well as encourage more of its clients to access online exercise classes.

Finally, Shetland Youth Orchestra will buy hoodies for group members to wear at performances. The £5,000 in donation will also help purchase musical instruments which the group do not have.


Shetland ANZAC group members gather at the war memorial in Lerwick.

MORE than a dozen people gathered at the Lerwick war memorial on Sunday morning at 8am to mark ANZAC day, including Shetland MSP Beatrice Wishart.

ANZAC day commemorates all Australians and New Zealanders who have served and died in all wars.

Members of the group laid wreaths at the war memorial, followed by a breakfast in the town’s Harbour Café, and social get-together the Outpost in Burra.


A FUND to improve accessibility on Scotland’s ferry networks has reopened for an eighth round of applications.

The Ferries Accessibility Fund, administered by government agency Transport Scotland, helps support organisations to make improvements to their vessels and harbours that go beyond regulatory standards set for accessibility.

Awards are made on a match funding basis, with up to £71,143 available for bids from the public or private sector.

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Transport minister Kevin Stewart said: “The fund has brought tangible improvements across our ferry networks in a wide variety of forms.”

More details can be found here.


Amy Laurenson.

SHETLAND Arts has secured BBC Radio Shetland Young Traditional Musician of the Year 2023 Amy Laurenson as a tutor at this year’s Folk Frenzy.

She joins the festival alongside fellow tutors Jenna Reid and Andrew Gifford.

Growing up surrounded by classical music, she has developed a unique style which fuses traditional, classical and jazz elements.

Having graduated from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland with a first-class honours degree in Traditional Music, Amy is passionate about exploring and redefining the piano as a solo instrument while challenging its more prominent role as an accompanying instrument.

Folk Frenzy is a week of workshops, concerts, sessions and masterclasses and takes place between 6 and 11 August.


SHETLAND folk musician Jenny Sturgeon will be heading to Campbeltown later this month to help launch a new music project by the Glen Scotia whisky distillery.

The project is a collaboration between whisky writer Neil Ridley, Sturgeon and music producer Dean Honer, who have created a new two-track musical journey using elements from around Campbeltown and the distillery to capture the essence of the single malt.

The tracks will be unveiled at this year’s Malts Festival on 23 and 24 May through an immersive exhibition deep inside the distillery’s atmospheric warehouse.

Sturgeon said: “My lyrics were inspired by conversations and observations of the distillery team and local historians who live and breathe the area. Hearing directly from the team – their shared vision of the distillery and what it means to them personally – was hugely inspiring.”

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